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Internet Security | A Guide To Safer Browsing

The internet may be free for all but, we’re constantly hiding

By Sam Writes SecurityPublished 3 years ago 5 min read
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We’re constantly hiding day, and night. We hide in the name of security, privacy and safer browsing. When we connect our devices to the internet we share our IP address (Internet Protocol) every device that connects to the internet has an IP address this is how devices are identified online, this is also one of the ways you can identity who might be behind such a device. Well, maybe not you but believe me someone can. So, let’s talk about it.

Web Browsing

Browsers have great options and some are security focused, this enhances our security even if we’re using anonymizing programs to keep us secure and anonymous.

The worst way to use a browser…

Is to simply open up a new tab and start browsing, just like that. To be honest, this is how most people use the internet and it isn’t really the worst way, this is the most common way. But, other people online make this the best way to track us. Trackers and hackers make this the best for them, because if you’re not protecting yourself you’re easily targeted and depending on who may be doing that and the purpose behind such an act you may be in great danger. So, this is one of the easiest ways you can use to get into trouble or become a victim of cyber attacks.

The alternative Option

Use a security focused browser, like Tor. Where every tab is a private tab and every little piece of your browsing history disappears after every session.

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Of course, you have more options online. In the free and open source world Tor is one of the best, give it a try if you haven’t.

VPN & Anonymizing Programs

VPN’s are one of the best ways to protect your data online but, just like everything else that we do, there are always do’s and don’t’s. So let’s talk about those.

Pros

VPNs are secure and your data is safe, you get an encrypted connection to the Internet with a different identity. This keeps you away from hackers and websites that might be tracking you for ads or for any other reason.

Your data is never exposed and it is always secure and protected by your VPN provider. Only you and your VPN provider know what you do Online.

Apart from the already mentioned great features VPNs are really easy to use with no special tech experience necessary. Most internet users if not all can deal with a VPN with no problem. It is as easy as creating a facebook account, or maybe easier.

Cons

Only you and your VPN provider know what you do online. These companies don’t monitor each and every client 24/7, they can get some of your browsing information though, if and when necessary. Is this new to you?

Quite a significant number of people have been arrested with the help of VPN companies after the intervention of the Justice Department in the US alone. So, it’s not like you’re being framed but if the police believes you have something to hide depending on the laws of the country or state you live in these companies have no choice but to give in, and they usually do. So, unless you have some skeletons in your closet you have nothing to worry about.

Free VPNs are a no go. If you don’t pay a dime then you’re the product. You’ve heard this somewhere, sometime. So, unless you’re paying for the VPN services, run!

But, of course we have reputable companies like Pronton Technologies AG that have a great reputation even with their free VPN plans which are quite limited but not bad for a start. Hey, don’t complain it is free remember?

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Anonymzing programs other than VPNs

Alternative anonymzing programs are also an option like Anonsurf, proxy chains, and Tor services. Some of which are not available for windows users. But Linux. Most of these are actually free to use, some have paid plans which offer more. For some of these services you need at least a beginner level of internet, networking, and coding experience. Not really programming in most cases, but of course it is always a bonus but to use these around one needs some Linux codes and network interpretation, and understanding like IPs, FTP, HTTP etc.

Anonymzing Programs Are Useless If We Don’t Change Our Minds

We’re until this day the most vulnerable, and not really our computers.

Before trying any security focused tool define how important the tool may be for you, and most importantly the reasons why. Because a lot has to change along with these tools.

It all depends on how we use the internet and what we use it for. What good would a VPN do if you used it but still opened every single link on the internet before checking how secure it may be? A simple URL could lead to major damage on your system, or expose you to unwanted programs or services. For files from not so trusted sources, or suspicious links use Virus total for a simple and basic scan.

Before sharing anything make sure you keep in mind that whatever you do online stays online for a very long time. I go more in detail about this here. As part of security and internet you can go for security focused search engines check which one of these you’d go for. Minor changes lead to bigger decisions, it doesn’t happen overnight, baby steps.

This story was previously published on Medium https://medium.com/secure-words/internet-security-a-guide-to-safer-browsing-1176823ba954

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