According to recent statistics, the biggest, most popular search engine, Google, processes more than 40,000 searches per second. Whether you need Google for entertainment, business, something personal, or something entirely else, it would be wise to take some precautions and make your queries more private.
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While the incognito mode is one of the ways to add a bit more privacy to your online queries, it isn’t nearly enough to keep your online searches as private as they should be. Thankfully, you have quite a few privacy options at your disposal.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the best tips for making your online searches more private in the modern digital age.
Get acquainted with private windows
Do you know what private browsing windows can do for you? Many internet users wrongly believe that a new, private, or incognito window is enough to block the sites you frequent or what you search from search engines, third parties, or your internet provider.
Private windows only delete your local data, like your cookies and search history. However, everything you do online remains on the web. Additionally, your ISP still gets to see what you do.
Google might not be the best
If you want to avoid tracking, don’t use Google for your online searches. While it is the most convenient, it is not exactly kind to your privacy. After all, Google is an advertising company. And everything it does supports this goal.
However, more privacy-focused engines don’t track your activities to show you recommendable ads or offer third-party business services. You’ll get Google-like searchability and user experience without your data being sold, tracked, or stored. Of course, if you like search results to be personalized, this feature will be something you will not have on privacy-focused engines.
Delete your browsing history regularly
ISP and third-party companies aren’t the only ones who are after your online data. Hackers and other cybercriminals can also profit from gathering data about their online activities. There are many reasons why you should keep your browsing activities private.
Whether you’re using the internet for pleasure, work, or your personal endeavours, deleting your browser history is an excellent way to keep your personal and professional life separate and private. At the very least, it will prevent nosy relatives from looking at your online activities.
Use a VPN to make your online traffic anonymous
Some ISPs are allowed to sell your online data to third parties. It means that such entities not only receive payments for their primary services but also monetize your identity. Thus, you should take measures of precaution when going online. An online VPN will do just fine when it comes to covering your tracks on the web.
VPN stands for a virtual private network. It is a security tool that helps internet users add an additional layer of protection between their internet-enabled devices and the web. In the case of private online searches, a VPN can help by hiding your location, identity, and IP address.
It acts as a tunnel of communication that encrypts your data on the web, preventing any third parties from tracking your online activities, the files you’re downloading or uploading, websites you visit, etc.
Use a privacy browser
As we already mentioned, the Tor Browser can make your online activities more private and anonymous. While this browser is also known as the most popular solution for accessing the Dark Web, it is an excellent, user-friendly tool for protecting your privacy online. With it, you can clear your cookies and delete your entire browser history after each online session.
More importantly, Tor also encrypts your online traffic and provides access to geo-restricted content on the web. However, Tor might severely slow down your online activities. Thus, a VPN is a more performance-friendly solution.
Even though there are many more things you can do to make your online traffic as private as possible, you can’t remove your browsing completely from the web. If someone still wants to track you, they’ll find a way to do it.
However, that doesn’t mean that you should make it easy for them. These tips will help you prevent tracking and monitoring in most cases.