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The best ways to make your search private in 2017

Looking for better ways to make your online searches private? Here’s 5 simple tips and tricks that should transform you into a pro.

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Have you noticed that immediately after you search for something online, any other website you open brings adverts related to your previous search? What’s more, the ads are filtered to show solutions near you.  What else does Mr. Google know about you if he already can figure out your interests or where you are? Who else could be accessing this information?

It’s hard to rely on your privacy settings to keep your information secure online. In fact, anyone, not only the annoying marketers but also malicious hackers and snooping governments, has easier access to your online profiles today than ever before. It may not seem like a serious problem, especially, if you haven’t faced a real case of malicious attacks like phishing. Besides, you have nothing to hide! But, isn’t some little privacy gratifying? Here is a look at some of the best ways to make your search private in 2017;

Using a Separate  Computer for Private Searches

Anytime you log into the internet, your internet provider can see your Domain Name System, and so is the search engine you use and, possibly, malicious people. This makes it easy for them to associate your search log with your DNS – information they can use to monitor your online behavior. To avoid any malicious attacks, or simply keep what you do online to yourself, consider a different computer for particular searches that you consider sensitive. Also, try connecting through different internet providers now and then by changing your browsing locations.

Using Private Search Engine Options

If you value your privacy online, private search options are a great way to go. Today, we’ve plenty search engines offering such options. For instance, MyPrivateSearch, DuckDuckGo, and SearX are among private search engine options you can use for free. Unlike commercial search engines, private search engines enable you to browse without leaving behind a hint of your online activity.

Transfer Data Via Tor

This is open source tool is referred to as “The Onion Router” because of its numerous layers of protecting online data. It offers safe data transfer by causing online communication to travel through an overlay of channels, rather than directly.

When using Tor, you’ll need to configure your applications properly, directing them to send their internet traffic through the software. The Tor Browser will prevent anyone spying on your internet connection from gathering information on the sites you visit. It also bars such websites from determining your location, while allowing you to gain access to websites that are blocked.

Use VPN Instead of Public Networks  

Virtual Private Networks are becoming handy for people who want to browse anonymously. This is because VPNs are simply not easy to bypass, which makes it difficult for someone to track source of traffic back to the specific internet user. Basically, VPNs employ dedicated networks and encryption protocols to create a virtual Peer-to-Peer connection through which subscribers send and receive search data.

Read More: Why should a small business use a VPN?

Since your search results are not direct, it’s hard for hackers to steal information, and in case they do, it’s encrypted. Besides, VPNs shield your IP address. In this case, anyone watching will only see the network provider’s address.

Now, here is something to beware of: VPN providers have a potential of harming you if they wish. This is because they can actually see your browsing details. To be completely sure that no one is watching what you are doing online, verify that your VPN provider is trustworthy. It can be difficult but begin by verifying that the company doesn’t store logs of your online activity for longer than expected.

Be wary of Incognito Search on Your Browser

Many browsers have the option of turning the computer into private search mode. For instance, Google Chrome allows you to open an incognito browsing window. Any pages you access anonymously are not stored in your browser’s search history or cookies. It will only leave downloaded files and bookmarked sites.

However, beware that you are not completely invisible. Actually, in this case, only your computer doesn’t store your browsing information. Other parties such as the ISP, the website you visited, and Google will still see any information disseminated in a private search session. Furthermore, if you are logged into Gmail, YouTube, and Google Maps when browsing incognito in Chrome, these applications will still keep a record of your online activity.

Final Remarks

Making a private search is a task that is getting increasingly difficult. It doesn’t mean you have something to hide for you to want to search information privately. On the contrary, protecting your privacy online has become of utmost importance. It’s the only way to keep off manipulative ads and cyber attacks as well as ensure you enjoy control of your personal information.

James Cohen has been doing digital marketing and web development for the last 20 years. He strives to increase public awareness of the risks of unsecured web browsing. Find out more on

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