BROWS­ING

Distinguished Magazine - - CYBERSECURITY -

When brows­ing and surf­ing, users can be tracked through IP ad­dresses, a unique ID by which each de­vice is con­nected to the World Wide Web. In or­der to hide an IP ad­dress and pre­vent the de­vice from be­ing tracked or hacked, there are two eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble ways. The first is us­ing a Vir­tual Pri­vate Net­work or VPN, which en­crypts data and changed the IP ad­dress of the de­vice. VPNs are not only used for re­main­ing anony­mous; VPNs are also used to watch a show or ac­cess a web­site that is in­ac­ces­si­ble in a par­tic­u­lar coun­try.

The other way is to use a TOR browser. TOR or The Onion Router has a net­work which pro­vides mul­ti­ple lay­ers of en­cryp­tion to the user, in or­der to pro­tect their on­line pri­vacy. This net­work, ac­ces­si­ble through a TOR browser, makes the user anony­mous in the World Wide Web. Both so­lu­tions can be used si­mul­ta­ne­ously as well, in or­der to have mul­ti­ple pro­tec­tion from get­ting tracked.

If some­one is not com­fort­able us­ing TOR, it is ad­vis­able to use Fire­fox, rather than Google Chrome. This is be­cause the de­fault con­fig­u­ra­tion can be tweaked here, and once some pri­vacy add-ons are in­stalled, the user can­not be tracked.

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