Doing anything safely in life requires knowing a bit about how to do it right, and how to do it wrong. With web surfing there are ways to be tracked easily, and ways to be anonymous.
First let’s discuss how tracking occurs:
– IP address: this is like the address to your house. In this way they can track your behavior online based on your source IP (your home for example), find where you probably are physically using IP geo-location, and then using this information for whatever purposes they want – such as selling your browsing behavior, or even surveillance.
– cookies (first-party and third-party): these are placed by websites onto your computer to remember who you are so they can serve the content to you better. Unfortunately they also allow for tracking by services that only want to record your behavior.
How to Surf in an Easy Way Anonymously on the Internet:
1. use a VPN service like VPN Power to change your IP address and bypass filters in your home country.
2. Delete all browsing history, install Chrome, and surf “in cognito”. Remember to close your browser whenever you want all the temporary cookies deleted.
3. use a different email address for non-critical sites to prevent cross-correlation of a single email address across multiple sites (also use different passwords at every site, or use LastPass.com)
How to Surf in a More Complex & More Secure Way Anonymously on the Internet:
1. surf from a virtual image installed in VirtualBox, VMWare, etc. Make a snapshot before browsing, then browse, then restore the snapshot when done browsing to erase all traces. Browsing “in cognito” also helps.