PRIVACY! This is what we all deserve…right? Today we are concerned about online privacy rather than any other kind of privacy. Our confidential details, or our browsing history is being monitored by either a third-party person or company and our Internet Service Provider as well. There are many cases came to existence in past, concerning computer hacking, when a person or a company gets robbed via Internet.
Have you ever been irritated by banner ad? While working, some advertisement suddenly gets popped-up or shows up in your browsing history related to some products, or any site you had viewed or visited way back in past..this can be referred as “Ad Stalking”, it feels like it. However, it also has a professional term i.e. Re-Marketing or Re-Targeting. The underlying tracking details are being gathered by our search engine provider like Google, Yahoo, Bing and many more.
Our personal details is like an asset and a very valuable commodity for various well-established companies and many private hackers. Almost every popular service like search engines, browser, cloud storage and social media now gathers a large amount of our personal data as a valuable part of their business venture. We are the ‘Commodity’ in this game, and frankly speaking..I don’t like it at all and I would surely like to save myself anyhow.
To provide yourself a little security of your personal details you can use some of the tools we are gonna discuss here today.
List of Online Privacy Tools
Tor, also known as ‘Onion Router’ is a free software that helps you defend against traffic analysis that secures your personal details or browsing history from prying eyes. Tor’s users employ this network by connecting through a series of virtual tunnels rather than making a direct connection, thus allowing both organizations and individuals to share information over public networks without compromising their privacy.
It helps to reduce the risks of both simple and sophisticated traffic analysis by distributing your transactions over several places on the Internet, so no single point can link you to your destination.
IPVanish provides a secure environment for our daily web uses. It basically sets a VPN connection to safeguard you from any kind of online threat. Through IPVanish, you can securely access websites and media without any restriction and even stops your ISPs from spying on you. IPVanish actually stops Geo-Targeting on its tracks.
Geo-targeting means gathering information regarding your physical location so that your ISP can send you location dependent recommendations to you. But while using IPVanish, your real IP address keeps hidden and is replaced by an anonymous IP address.
This software is available on various operating systems and devices: Windows, MacOS X, IOS, Android, Windows phone, Ubuntu and routers.
Costs $10 per month, $77.99 per year and $26.99 for 3 months.
CyberGhost is also a multi-platform VPN. CyberGhost VPN hides your IP address and replaces it with any other address of your choice which results in anonymity.
It provides your ad-free environment, protection against malicious websites, CyberGhost offers you few privacy and security shields as well, i.e. IPV6 leak protection, DNS leak protection, NAT firewall, IP sharing, 4 Protocol supported(Native open VPN, IPSec, L2TP and PPTP) and Auto-Internet Kill switch.
According to the company, they encrypt your connection and don’t keep your logs, it means, they also don’t have any access to your data. With CyberGhost VPN you gain access to censored or geo-restricted content from all around the world.
CyberGhost is available of various operating systems and devices: Windows, Mac, Android, IOS, and Linux.
The cost of this tool varies on the number devices, like a premium version for a single device will cost $6.99 and for upto 5 devices, the cost will be $10.99.
SpiderOak(Cloud Storage Provider)
As per SpiderOak, they technically have 0% Knowledge of the user’s data. In here, the users are the one who encrypts their files which makes their stores data and even metadata(Filename, date of creation, last updated status etc.), 100% secured and only readable by the concerned user. It is protected over SSL in-transit, and stored on their servers in its encrypted state. Even user’s password are not stored on the server end and without that password, no one except you can view your data.
This ensures absolute confidentiality of user’s data.
SpiderOak leaves your backup to work automatically and when you are online, your files will be saved automatically.This is available in 5 different languages namely Spanish, German, Portuguese, French and Russian.
It is downloadable on windows, IOS, some linux’s platform, and Android.
While surfing on internet, if we want to privately browse some data, various browser offers us Incognito mode, which according to them, gave us complete privacy, but we all know that this only restrict it to show up on Browser history, our IPSs and search engines will have complete details about this.
However, Firefox is by the best option we have, as it doesn’t depend on the user’s tracking details. But it has its limit too, as soon as you visit a third-party service, it will be same as with any other browser.
We hope that you will find this helpful enough. Be safe!