I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but when you clear your history to keep your browsing activities confidential, it’s like moving a folder full of confidential documents from your desk into the desk’s drawer. Even though the folder is gone from the direct view of unwanted people, but the documents still exist and can easily be found with a bit of extra effort.Read More
Internet privacy is one of the most talked about topics these days. However, without realizing how your computer actually interacts with the web, it is impossible to achieve that desired peace of mind.
To easily understand what’s going on between your computer and the web when you visit various websites, let’s use a simple analogy.
Think of your computer’s hard drive as a blank diary and your computer’s mouse as a ballpoint pen. Anytime you authorize an action on the web with the click of your mouse – whether it is sending a message on Facebook, buying a new tablet on Amazon.com, looking for the best restaurant in town, watching U2’s latest music video, or checking your balance on your Internet banking site – it’s just like writing an entry in the diary.Read More
Even though government surveillance is nothing new – just think of Caesar’s spies in the Roman Empire, or the KGB in the former Soviet Union – the Snowden revelations made us realize how much it was a part of our modern lives, too. The fact that agency staff could witness private moments of our lives whenever they liked, even if were up to nothing wrong, was a sobering realization to say the least. Being a good citizen, it seems, doesn’t qualify one anymore for being excluded from monitoring so in this post we are looking at techniques that can help you protect your Internet privacy in the face of mass surveillance.Read More
Everyone has a boss. Whether it is the manager in the office, or your wife at home, tense moments and risky situations easily manifest if you leave traces of your sensitive (or even naughty) computer activities behind. In theory, it is only your business what websites you visit, what services you use, or what files you save. But reality is somewhat different. If you neglect to regularly clean up your mess, you are likely to get into some serious trouble sooner or later.
What if your boss looks up your browsing history and finds out that you regularly visit or download content from a job search engine, or a NSFW site? Or if your wife is a bit more of a computer savvy than you expected and she finds those delicate deleted images in your Recycle Bin? Or recovers chat room conversations you had with your brand new online girlfriend? You surely do not want to risk any of those to happen, do you?Read More
When you work on a computer, you leave a lot of traces behind. Whether you visit some websites, check your email, view or edit documents or photos, your computer records everything you do: your web browser saves the web pages you view, your email program saves copies of the emails you read, compose or send to others, your text or image editing program keeps a list of files you have worked on recently, etc.
It is true that most web browsers now come with options to clean your activity traces. For example, in Mozilla Firefox, you can go to the Tools menu, then select “Clear Recent History…”. In Internet Explorer, you can go to the Tools menu, select Internet Options, then click “Delete…” in the “Browsing history” section of the General tab.Read More