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Privacy is becoming more elusive as communications technologies develop. Bringing people together across borders was meant to help them connect. But easy access is a two-way street. Thankfully, VPN technology has also developed to provide people with ways to regain privacy. Strong VPNs and other tools and practices help people achieve online anonymity despite other technologies designed to destroy privacy.
Passwords and Authentication
Passwords will always be one of the most important defenses against intrusive elements. They are the locks that prevent unauthorized entry into your cyber life. But choosing a strong and appropriate password, like a lock, makes all the difference. Your passwords should never contain any information that other people can find out. They should be long and use a combination of different types of randomly assembled characters. Many password managers are available to help you select and organize strong passwords. Whenever possible, opt for two-step verification and authentication. This adds a layer of security to your online account logins like email, cloud storage, etc.
Tor is a tried and tested onion routing system. It was created and is updated regularly to defeat traffic analysis. Tor is run by privacy-conscious volunteers all over the world. It is a free service and cannot provide very high levels of security, but is a good extra layer of defense. Tor helps users hide their locations so they cannot easily be tracked by third parties like governments, advertising companies and malicious entities.
End-to-end encryption secures user data by keeping it in coded form from the time it leaves your computer to the time it reaches its intended recipient. Off the record messaging is a good tool to use to keep your communications safe from spies. For website browsing, choose HTTPS sites as much as possible and install HTTPS Everywhere on your browsers. This minimizes the number of websites that you visit without encryption. Use tools like TrueCrypt to encrypt your external drives so the data cannot be accessed when you are online. Your local drives should also be encrypted with the options provided by your operating system.
Many internet companies have access to user data. Your operating system, email service, browser, streaming service, instant messenger, etc., could be compromised. This is why another layer of security is needed. Strong VPNs give users that added layer through encryption, private tunneling and anonymous IP and server rerouting. Choose strong VPNs like ExpressVPN and connect to them every time you go online. This ensures that you cannot be identified by your regular IP address. It prevents spies from connecting you with your online activities so you cannot be traced. The added encryption and private transmission doubly secures your data. Then it cannot be easily broken by even the most powerful tools and well-funded agencies. It encrypts all sent data, not just documents sent as email attachments and files saved to online storage. When you input information online, upload and download files, check your bank account balance, pay for goods and services, etc., you do it anonymously through strong VPNs.
AntiVirus and Firewalls
AntiVirus programs and Firewall software are two very important tools for securing your computer. When you go online, your computer becomes vulnerable to attack. It is not just your online activities that people can see. Sophisticated attackers have well-designed malware, spyware and viruses that give them access to your computer data and systems. Without protection, your computer can come under the control of a hacker, thief or other agency.
Share Online anonymity Tips
The final and also essential step is to spread the word. The more everyone knows about online anonymity, the better everyone’s chances of staying safe with their privacy intact. Many times, it is our contacts that inadvertently tear holes in our well-constructed walls of privacy. They know us and so have the power to destroy our privacy. Teach them about the importance of online anonymity for privacy and security. And introduce them to the tools that will secure them as well. This is the best way to make sure that your newly regained online anonymity is preserved.