Maximizing Your Online Privacy

In this current day and age, in which nearly everyone has and uses some sort of device connected to the Internet; whether it be a home or work computer, notebook, tablet, or cellular device, we all connect to the online one way or another. Even many gaming consoles maintain a constant connection through the power of Wifi. So with all these devices connected to the great expansive Internet, how can you be sure your business- or leisure- time on the Internet stays your own business?

Harmful viruses, Malware, Spyware, worms, and similar programs are a looming threat. Less mentioned but similarly dangerous are tracking cookies and IP address tracking programs which can determine your physical location, your browsing history, patterns or favorites. Or otherwise compromise your right to privacy and confidentiality when connected to the Internet. This violation of your privacy is as dangerous as a file-destroying virus or worm, since the intimate knowledge of your browsing patterns could allow someone in control of them to deduce which websites you use, the banks with which you have accounts, social networking profiles, online purchase websites, and other sensitive personal data.

Often this is harmless, allowing websites to store your favorites and allow you to find what you are looking for quicker and easier. Alternatively, this information could also allow websites to badger you with pop-ups they believe you would want to see, or allow hackers to determine with which websites you have accounts and try to access them. This means your bank accounts could potentially be at risk, your online social life could become open to any number of websites to hound with advertisements or share your favorites and interests with marketing and advertising companies to try to make a quick buck with pop-ups and ads.

For most, this is a nuisance to which pop-up blockers and regularly deleting your cookies becomes a simple solution. But to others, who may have lost sensitive and/or personal information to the online “black market,” the damage may be irreparable. Many websites, like SafeIP, (http://www.freesafeip.com/#)¬†offer free confidential, secure browsing of the Internet. This comprehensive, user-friendly software with your privacy in mind offers the ability to block your IP address from websites, so your computer’s virtual identity and your physical location remain confidential. This proxy service allows your computer to use the IP address of another location, forcing websites to believe you are in another location on another computer, and never know the difference. Your personal IP address remains completely hidden.

Additionally, it offers security and safety from tracking cookies, adware and malware, and any attempts by a website to ascertain your browsing habits, history, or location. Specific customizable settings exist for users who frequently send out e-mails, download or torrent, or stream media. These optimize the security for those specific activities. And of course, just browsing the web becomes completely safe and anonymous.

Through web services such as SafeIP, one can privately and securely enjoy their online experience, whether for business or for casual browsing and downloading. One’s personal information is viewed as valuable and is irreplacable if taken and/or distributed. Losses due to this information distribution can be financially or emotionally devastating. But, it can be easily prevented through the use of a proxy service to hide your online identity from everyone but yourself.

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