Browsing the Web Privately

If you are using your browser with the default settings, it is likely there are many tracking scripts following you around and learning your browsing habits.

Thankfully, browsers like Safari and now Firefox set defaults to alleviate these trackers as much as possible. While this is great for everyday users who know little about preventing online tracking, there is still a gap for truly remaining as private as possible online.

In the real (online) world, it takes quite a bit of work to remain private, but it is not as difficult as one might think and the benefits definitely outweigh the costs.

How I Stay Private

While the first step is to use a VPN, I will save that for another time and focus only on how I use various browsers to limit the tracking of my information.

Use Safari as Default

Despite some criticism, Safari is actually a leader in privacy. As such, I use Safari as my default browser, so any links clicked in emails or messages automatically open in Safari. This is great because not only do I block all cookie storage in Safari, I also use 1Blocker to further limit tracking and no data is stored within Safari, ever.

No Parking Allowed

Sure, I have to use another browser to log in and manage various accounts, but it is a small price to pay for piece of mind.

Firefox always in Private Mode

Firefox is what I use mostly for websites that I need to log in and manage my online accounts, but I always run it in private mode (no cookie storage other than the session) and turn on all the tracking blockers.

This means when I quit Firefox, no previous session data is stored because all cookies are deleted and I am free to reopen in another private session. This is excellent for all cases where you want to log into one account and have no transmission of data if another account has stored a tracking cookie.

When I quit Firefox, no previous session data is stored. 

In addition, to always running in private mode, I use Firefox’s built in Privacy and Security settings to turn of every unwanted feature, including access to location, microphone, camera and more. With its built in Tracking Protection improved and turned on by default, there is no doubt that the makers of Firefox are as concerned with privacy as myself.

Chrome for Work

Many companies use Google for work purposes. After all, Google does provide a large suite of tools to enable online workplace management, all in one convenient place. Consequently, using Chrome is unavoidable and, often times, necessary for work. 😕

Unless running some tests, I do not use any other browsers besides those three and have found each work perfectly for a specific piece of my online life.

While some may think otherwise, online life is real life and nobody wants someone following them around and studying their habits in the world outside, so why do we (at least those who know) accept it?

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