How to best protect your Privacy on the Internet – Complete Guide

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  1. These days I pretty much stick with AV/Firewall/Browser security settings (using Comodo Dragon as default, permanent InPrivate re IE11, with a secure non-ISP DNS) and behavior blocking, with app and online antiloggers; I have a few good manual scanners always updated and ready on USB as backups/double-checks; I set IE/Dragon to encrypted Google, and use HTTPS wherever possible…NEVER giving financial/vital data over non-secure links, nor storing passwords in email. For me, this has worked pretty well so far blocking intrusions/intercepts as far as can be for a user (of course, how secure FaceBook, banks, AV companies themselves are, well…that’s why I try to be brief there too). Finally, in hedge against PC theft/loss, I ensure all possible OS/app files are deleted and erased so most folks with sub-government tech can’t easily retrieve/microscope client/financial/work data (I don’t think many crooks or snoops just shell out $16K USD or more for things like EnCase or just anybody easily buys government-grade retrieval apps).

    My security layering of course lacks in “hyper” encryption, meaning with ISP and all I get no better than 1024 bit encryption in most cases, if that; but I’m not downloading torrents, nor am I trying to elude governments and ISPs…the only ones likely to monitor and crack security for even academic exercise, in my regard.

    Native HDD encryption is not available in my version of Windows 7, and plainly any HDD/USB encryption app would be too cumbersome on resources. In regard to my WIFI, I add only protections against ARP spoofing to stay off snoop’s Wiresharking or redirectors; VPNs (and there are lots of them) may not only change IPs (MACs in some cases, for IPv6 users), but enhance encryption against spoofs, yet I’m finding more and more sites which don’t respond at all if you’re on ANY VPN (even if settings don’t block cookies or scripts)…as example, my State’s Secretary Of State business names search index will not respond to ANY search terms simply if ANY VPN has been used…that is, this is typical of sites which appear to be evolving not just anti-ToR tech, but anti-proxy tech…perhaps because “Anonymous” and other groups attack sites via VPNs, per media.

    That’s my peculiar privacy protection in a nutshell, and why. Thanks for the invite to the world to share, and have a great day!

  2. I’ve found that Windows has blocked the use of anti-loggers and most of these secure programs. It’s infuriating to find that I can’t protect myself because trying to use secure programs messes up the system and can even make it crash. I loathe Windows 8 but I needed a new computer. What a waste of money.

  3. Thank you, Dan, for sharing all that. I am sure to pick up some of your tips especially when researching certain things. Am not a hacker or anti virus but when researching certain things/elements about our society I don’t want my ISP etc to be suspicious about my intentions.

  4. Do you mean that SpotFlux or GetPrivate won’t run on Windows 8? I did not get to try those Windows 8 as it (Windows 8) slowed down my machine. May buy a better configuration later.

    BTW, I also read that Microsoft is doing away with regular cookies and will implement its own system for tracking users on the Internet. That would be another bad move from Microsoft.

  5. Hi Arun….Good info on deleting flash cookies. I didn’t know about this before reading this article. Thanks. As far as VPN’s, I use Riseup VPN as well as their email service. It’s all about privacy with them. Check it out….Riseup.net

  6. I’m all for protecting my privacy. I clear cookies and the internet file cache regularly, and use a paid proxy.
    But *.sol files are MacroMedia Shared Object Libraries. They remember the user settings and save some interface info (log on/off instructions, how-to info, etc.). It doesn’t hurt to delete them (as you’ve observed) but they are not used for tracking, and I don’t think they can be. I’ve found nothing in them that I can identify to indicate that they are being used for tracking.
    The Adobe web site says, “The data is not sent to the server and is not accessible by other applications running on other domains . . . ” (http://help.adobe.com/en_US/as3/dev/WS5b3ccc516d4fbf351e63e3d118a9b90204-7d80.html)

    I’ve done some checking, watching the data going up the wire when I visit a macromedia site, and I don’t see any indication that the info in the *.sol files is being sent up the wire to the web site.
    Hope this helps.

  7. It should be noted that Microsoft boldly admits that their business plan includes legally exploiting anything they can, so adding code in the OS to block privacy software and creating new cookie alternatives is not really so much of a surprise. I only use MS products because NOT using them would cost so much more. (Listen up, Apple.)

  8. Thank you. There is much hype associated with Flash cookies so I was a little worried. Thank you for commenting and informing more about the SOL files. 🙂

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