PRIVACY vs CONVENIENCE
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.