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How can I maintain privacy on my computer


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#1 honnybee7

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 01:01 PM

With operating systems spying and Internet service providers allowed to sell your information how can I get privacy on my computer.

Also I would like to know methods that won't come with severe costs like greatly reducing your Internet speed. Thanks.

Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 01:12 PM

Any paid VPN

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 01:27 PM

A paid VPN as suggested by Just_One_Question is a good start.

 

I'd also recommend running something like Privacy Badger in your browsers. The link I've supplied is for Chrome, but the extension is also available for most other browsers as well.

 

Note: On a lot of websites (including bleepingcomputer.com) it can "sometimes" cause problems with Web Pages rendering and displaying incorrectly and may have to be disabled on the site.

 

Hope that helps.



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Posted 28 April 2017 - 05:46 PM


Resources to help protect privacy:You can enhance your privacy with various privacy tools:As already noted above, nother option is to use a virtual private network (VPN) service. A VPN essentially extends a private network across a public network (Internet) and enables a computer to send and receive data across a public network as if it were directly connected to the private network. VPNs provide security by the use of tunneling protocols, encryption and authenticated remote access. A VPN helps to protect you from identity theft, hides your IP address, and allows you to secure your transmitted data, financial transactions and personal information while online.Keep in mind there is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone and you will get varying opinions and recommendations. Some factors to consider are your personal preferences, your technical ability and experience, software effectiveness and additional features, user friendliness, availability of quality/prompt technical support from the vendor and price.
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Posted 29 April 2017 - 02:03 AM

Generally speaking, security is always a tradeoff. As far as improving your security, you need to think in terms of cost benefit. How much security do you need? How security can you afford? I recall about 15 years ago there was a linux distro entitled "tinfoil hat linux" which was basically so hardened as to have only marginal utility. Kind of the modern equivalent of that would be TAILS, and it's TOR browser, whcih gets VERY strong anonymity at the cost of speed. Then you have free VPNs, which benefit from not leaving a paper trail, but tend not to be as fast, and some free services may falsify the protection they provide. chaining free VPNs can side step that, but at the cost of speed. Next on the list would be a paid VPN, which may actually make your connection faster, but of course costs money, and leaves a paper trail when you pay for it. Bitcoin might be an option. Next steps would be your selection of DNS providers. Lastly, use of HTTPS should be default behavior for most people.



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Posted 29 April 2017 - 02:19 AM

Having a VPN, or TOR, will hide your WAN IP, but any scripting running on your PC will compromise the VPN or TOR anonymizing.
 

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 04:26 AM

I not think operating systems spying and Internet service providers allowed to sell  information


Edited by raikis10, 29 April 2017 - 04:29 AM.


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Posted 29 April 2017 - 07:37 AM

There is no single easy solution. Lots of good reading material, suggestions, tests etc below;

 

https://privacytoolsio.github.io/privacytools.io/

https://www.eff.org/issues/privacy

http://browserspy.dk/

https://panopticlick.eff.org/

https://thatoneprivacysite.net/

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130402/02421422545/can-commercial-vpns-really-protect-your-privacy.shtml

 

 

I not think operating systems spying and Internet service providers allowed to sell  information

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/03/how-isps-can-sell-your-web-history-and-how-to-stop-them/

https://protonmail.com/blog/private-browsing-history/

https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/28/house-vote-sj-34-isp-regulations-fcc/

 

 


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Posted 30 April 2017 - 10:41 PM

With operating systems spying and Internet service providers allowed to sell your information how can I get privacy on my computer.

Also I would like to know methods that won't come with severe costs like greatly reducing your Internet speed. Thanks.

Edit: Moved topic from Windows 7 to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

privacy?  LOL.  :crazy:






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