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Protect Your Privacy While Surfing the Web, pt 2

Surfing the web safely with proper ad-blocking software

Surfing the web safely with proper ad-blocking software

This is the 2nd of a 2 part article on Protecting Your Privacy while Surfing the web. Yesterday, we covered Google Chrome. Today will be covering Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari.

There are many way companies track your information while you’re surfing the web. While they’re tracking your information, you want to protect your privacy. The main way they keep track of your information is through “cookies,” which is a small piece of code (crumb – following analogy of cookie) on your computer when you visit a site. These cookies are left when you click on ads. Every time¬†you visit the site where you clicked an ad, they track what you click on and show you ads related to what you click on. There are HUGE tracking companies like “Doubleclick,” who consolidate data from thousands of websites, and your web surfing habits are on their servers. ¬†None of these cookies are actually harmful to your computer, they’re just a major violation of your policy.

Following are some plug-ins you can use to customize your web browser to either erase these cookies or block them in the first place. I’ll only be covering these 3 Internet browsers – Google Chrome,¬†¬†Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. ¬†About 95% of the clients we visit use one of these browsers – whether they’re on Mac or Windows. FYI – Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has plug-ins as well.

Mozilla Firefox

AdBlockPlus Blocks Ads on Firefox

AdBlockPlus Blocks Ads on Firefox

Windows/Mac: AdBlock Plus

This is one of my favorite extension of all time – it blocks ads – both the flashy kind and still kind. ¬†It’s made by a different developer than the Google Chrome AdBlock guy. If you’re signed up with a freemail service like Hotmail, Gmail, AOLmail, Yahoo mail and hate all those ads – this will make your email viewing a lot more enjoyable. Word of warning:¬†Occasionally¬†it will block content you need. If you feel this is the case, click on icon of stop sign on your extension bar in upper right corner and tell it “Don’t run on this page.”¬†It even blocks the text ads to the side of your google AND those annoying ads on Facebook!!

Better Privacy - Removing Long Term Cookies (LTO)s

Better Privacy - Removing Long Term Cookies (LTO)s

Windows/Mac: Better Privacy

This plug-in will delete “Long Term Cookies” (LTO)s which are put here by Flash Ads, which are the twirly ads you see. This is supposing you still get Flash Ads after implementing a version of AdBlock

Private Browsing

In Firefox, you can click on “Tools, Start Private Browsing,” Firefox won’t keep any browser history, search history, download history, web form history, cookies, or temporary internet files. ¬†However, files you download and bookmarks you make will be kept. This is a great way to protect your¬†privacy¬†while surfing on a public computer.

Safari

Windows/Mac: Adblock for Safari

This is one of my favorite extension of all time – it blocks ads as they name says so clearly ;-) – both the flashy kind and still kind (as in images). It’s one of the best ways to protect your privacy while surfing on Safari. It’s made by the same guy who does AdBlock for Google Chrome. ¬†If you’re signed up with a freemail service like Hotmail, Gmail, AOLmail, Yahoo mail and hate all those ads – this will make your email viewing a lot more enjoyable. Word of warning:¬†Occasionally¬†it will block content you need. If you feel this is the case, click on icon of stop sign on your extension bar in upper right corner and tell it “Don’t run on this page.” ¬†It even blocks the text ads to the side of your google AND those annoying ads on Facebook!! Oh, BTW, if you use this extension – give the guy $10 – it’s his full-time job keeping this program great!!

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