PRI­VACY vs CON­VE­NIENCE

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For many of our tips you’ll need to bal­ance pri­vacy with con­ve­nience. This isn’t a ques­tion of tech com­pa­nies being dif­fi­cult – some fea­tures just need data to work.

For ex­am­ple, if you turn off Google’s lo­ca­tion track­ing, Google Maps won’t know where you are. Or browse in pri­vate mode and you’ll have to log into sites ev­ery time, and you won’t be able to re­fer to your brows­ing his­tory if you for­get where you spot­ted some­thing.

HTTPS Everywhere forces sites to open in their most secure ver­sion, but still loads in­se­cure pages, un­less you set it to ‘Block all un­en­crypted re­quests’. That’s the most pri­vate mode pos­si­ble, but it means pages that are only HTTP won’t be shown, which in­cludes large swathes of the BBC.

An­other thing to bear in mind is that some web­sites now only show con­tent if you dis­able your ad­vert blocker. You’ll have to tem­po­rar­ily turn off your blocker ev­ery time you visit the site, or per­ma­nently tell the blocker to show ads on that site. Draw­backs to us­ing Tor in­clude wait­ing for pages to load as the traf­fic is bounced around. Are th­ese hin­drances worth the has­sle? It’s up to you to de­cide.

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