Posted Thursday, December 29, 2005 @ 19:34
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How Do I Avoid and Erase Internet Footprints?
Remember, many online activities you consider private probably aren’t. If you want more control, crank up your browser security settings so that your computer will warn you of uploads, downloads and other attempted changes more frequently.
You can avoid some Internet footprints—such as broadcasting your IP address—by using an anonymous browser to hide your computer identity. This is like wearing a mask; the websites you visit can tell you are on the website, but they can’t tell where you’re from.
Also, many firewall software packages offer Internet browsing in "stealth" mode. In this mode, your computer will not respond to the constant flow of queries your computer receives while online.
You can arm your computer with defense software such as anti-virus software and anti-spyware software to keep intrusive programs off your computer. If you want more privacy, consider a privacy software package that can clean your memory and erase footprints that online activity leaves on your computer, such as email records.
Finally, you can mask your email identity by using an anonymous email account. Of course, anonymous Internet tools are popular with those involved in nuisance and illegal email tasks (such as sending bulk spam) but these tools are also valuable to those with valid agendas (for example, to protect the identity of those who investigate spammers).
Most of the time, nobody cares about your online activities. But if your personal computer is ever compromised by a virus or spyware, hacked, or confiscated by someone who is interested in what you do online, having a few safeguards in place can keep your online computer activities private.
Opsahl, Kurt. EFF.org: Court Crushes Online Journalists' Rights. (2005).
LM: You can delete your "Temporary Internet" files and clear your "History" by going to "Tools" and then "Internet Options" in Internet Explorer. Click the "Delete Files" and "Clear History" buttons. Click the "Delete Cookies" button to delete all your cookies AND websites that retain settings that you specify ... like auto login at MSN.
There will still be some references to sites that you have visited, but they are in obscure places.
I have six locks on my door, all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three of them. - George Carlin
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