Privacy and Security on the internet is important. The consequences for ignoring this important measure could cause significant compromises especially to your precious identity or even financially. It is great that the majority of developers are focused in this direction by the creation of diverse tools, plugins and scripts to enable us all “live” securely and privately online. Browsers are one of the major headaches in this vulnerability, in that, the organizations behind them are committed to economic gains (even Mozilla) and thus permit frivolous internet tracking, cookie storage and other such “BIG DATA” practices. So, how does one enjoy the benefits of the internet without all the “AD OBSESSED” corporate projects? The first part is to get a rock-solid browser that is invested in the safety, privacy and security of the ordinary web user. In addition, one must split internet related tasks amongst browsers. In this manner, the collection, retention and profiling of an individual will be made more cumbersome. For example, use Safari when you checkout websites; use Firefox when you make payments; use Chrome when you make small purchases or visit ebay; use Whitehat when you are conducting research. Let me recommend these very reliable pieces of software to help you with your browisng habits.
Whitehat Aviator (Mac)
Whitehat Aviator is a unique browser in a class of its own. The browser is designed for Apple Macs and works flawlessly, and uses the now familiar Chrome graphical user experience. Aviator is rock-solid and protects every nook and corner that you might not have taken notice; cookies, browser hijacking software, flash, ip address tracking software and a ton more protection. The best part…there are no adverts!
Red Browser (iOS)
If you use an iOS device like the ipad, then another browser will take care of your ins and outs. It’s called RED! This browser is simple, straightforward and absolutely well-built. It simply does not store your browsing records and also wipes off any other “left-overs”. The best part…there are no adverts!
Cookieless Search (Startpage)
Startpage is a special search engine that is designed as an iron-door against IP transmissions. Startpage is cookieless! The search site is built “on-top” of Google and sends/returns your searches without telling Google your IP address. This feature helps tremendously against user-profiling and search filtering. The best part…there are no adverts! PS: ****Recently, there are some rumours circulating on the net that startpage is a browser hijacking site. There is no one i know of in the tech industry who’s had such an experience. For people who are concerned about this, I recommend that you download any popular browser that you do not use regularly, and try the site with that browser. After your experience, you may choose to use it as your standard search engine or try DuckDuckgo, which is also privacy centered but not cookieless.
Tabs browsing is a great feature on the majority of browsers. Some websites have turned this great feature into a “pop-up” assault. Tabs just pop-up so many times and can be as difficult to manage. Lim Chee Aun’s MAX TABS add-on for Firefox helps with fixing this issue by helping the browsing-user determine the maximum number of tabs allowed. Download the extension here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/cheeaun/?src=api. Also check out his other projects at: http://cheeaun.com/projects/
Though the tools mentioned in this post are relatively limited in number, when compared to the vast array of net tools and filters, these are at their very core privacy centered. In the end, these tools can enable you to take some control over how you "live" on the internet in a safe and secure manner. My two cents! Stay Professional!
About the author: Sal Souza is an International Designer (Graphic, Visual, Multimedia, Broadcast Media, Industrial, User Interaction, User Experience) and IT Consultant with expertise in New Media, Web 3.0, IPTV, DTV, Media Production, Product Prototyping, Desktop Software, Interactivity, Mobile Applications, Traditional Knowledge, Geographical Indications and Cultural Goods. He lives and works in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.