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Security on the Web
Truth is the offspring of silence and unbroken meditation.Isaac Newton

This page documents what I personally do to guard my privacy online. There are many guides like this one out there—some good, some bad—but most are unread or disregarded. This guide—which is specific to desktops—is not meant to be exhaustive in any way. Rather, you should consider this to be a bare minimum in terms of privacy. I have avoided screenshots of anything, as these can quickly become dated. Breathless article, yes, we know that, here's what you can do:

Daily Mail
I don't actually read the Daily Mail.

Contents

  1. Use Firefox
  2. Replace Google with DuckDuckGo
  3. Block Targeted Advertising
  4. Stop Trackers
  5. Encrypt Everything
  6. Safeguard Your Privacy
  7. Shields Up
  8. Hide Your Location
  9. Conclusions

Welcome to the Block Party

We'll look at some suggestions (or replacements) in the areas of browser choice, search, tracking, advertising, and encryption. This guide can be approached piecewise; in other words, just choose what is compatible with your personal needs.

Use Firefox

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Consider replacing your current browser with Firefox. I will put my trust in a non-profit (as opposed to a multinational corporation) until wisdom changes.

Firefox: Privacy & Security

Go to Preferences (or Options) --> Privacy & Security. Select either Standard or Strict. (Aside: the extension Disconnect.me is meshed into Firefox.) Next, under "Do Not Track", select Always. The rest of the options you can configure as you see fit.

Replace Google with DuckDuckGo

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Block Targeted Advertising

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Stop Trackers

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Encrypt Everything

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Safeguard Your Privacy

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Shields Up

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Hide Your Location

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You will want to disable this tool when doing any commerce (e.g., shopping, banking, etc.) since the site will need to know your actual location.

Conclusions

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