How not to be tracked online


My solution is to use DuckDuckGo as a search engine and Tor as a browser.
DuckDuckGo does not store information such as IP addresses or personal data. Tor is a network routing system that encrypts your web traffic and attempts to disguise your identity and location. By using Tor you can have access to the dark web too.
Which is your solution? Are you doing something different? And in case, did you have positive results?

Privacy Protection
Search Engine Technology
Online Research
Paolo Beffagnotti
11 months ago

5 answers


1. Read the Terms of Service Agreements for sites you give your information to.
2. Use a search engine that doesn’t track you.
3. Use a browser add-on like Ghostery, Privacyfix or Do Not Track Plus to see who is tracking you on any given website.
4. Use a tool to encrypt your connection, like CyberGhost VPN or Tor.
5. Read the agreements for all mobile phone apps before you download them.
6. Adjust your Facebook privacy settings so that only your friends can see your information.
7. Have different email addresses for different things.
8. Use different passwords for different sites.
9. Regularly clear out the cookies and caches in your computer. 
10. Use a service that removes your data from data brokers, like DeleteMeSafe Shepherd and Catalog Choice.

11 months ago
Good points. Very helpful. Thanks. - Er. P.Das 11 months ago
Agreed - Dr. David E. 11 months ago
Take care to follow terms and conditions. - Er. Jangyadutta 11 months ago
All good points. Something as N. 7 and 8 a bit challenging as you need a large set of mail and password. then difficult to remember all of these. Encrypted connection and browser add-on are good solutions. N.1, I don't know how much we can trust on this. - Paolo 11 months ago
Encryption is best - Dr. David E. 11 months ago

1. Clean your Internet browsing history after every use.
2. Create specific passwords for each account.
3. Avoid JavaScript search engines.
4. Use Tor and a Linux Live Image, like Tails.
5. Don’t reply to suspicious emails and never accept friendship requests from people you don’t personally know.
6. Encrypt your email messages.
7. Use a burner laptop and cell phone.
8. Use Bitcoins.
9. Don’t post overly personal details anywhere online.
10. Read all the fine print.
11. Pay attention to your privacy settings and updates to privacy options.

Er. P.Das C
11 months ago
Explained clearlyy.. - RUPAK 11 months ago
Many thanks - Dr. David E. 11 months ago
Very good information. - Er. Jangyadutta 11 months ago
Agreed - Dr. David E. 11 months ago
Virtual machine ran by software removing all the data when you turn off your laptop are good solutions too. Next time you will turn on the laptop you can't find any footprint. - Paolo 11 months ago
Exactly - purge it all - Dr. David E. 11 months ago

Always take care when online to carefully terms and condition and your purposes is right or not. and in right place or not.

Er. Jangyadutta D
11 months ago
Agree - RUPAK 11 months ago
Exactly - Dr. David E. 11 months ago

DuckDuckGo is a good idea - though they still have to work more on search efficiency.
Unfortunately there is no full proof system on internet where you can say - Do not track me - other than dark web ( However even that is not true). Also, there is a lot of agencies and compliance who wants "User" to be tracked at least to avoid phishing. hack or threat attacks. This is a bidirectional road.

The other point is - why a user wants to behave like a ghost user on internet ? Not always for personal privacy reasons. I understand privacy related to location and PII data ( that is anyway protected by law hence you can see in your apps/os and in browsers ). Most of the time ghost users behavior is fishy too.

I would say following kind of things can give you some sort of relax - again, not from all the sites. If you search something security related or illegal by law - security agencies ask providers to provide the source. If your so called ghost server/ proxy server is not able to provide that, that may consider as malware or spam for other security tools in next release :).

  1. HTTPS / TLS 2
  2. No session or cookie storage / no local data storage
  3. No location access / accessories access through browser and app

Hitesh Mathpal
11 months ago
Nice list and very well explained; many thanks - Dr. David E. 11 months ago
Thanks Hitesh Mathpal - as always very thorough. - Bart 11 months ago
Don't rely too much on HTTPS, some companies provide witl valuable services, other ones not. - Paolo 11 months ago
Just be sure to check, first - Dr. David E. 11 months ago

TOR No More

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Any thoughts?

Dr. David E. M
11 months ago
Top 4 Sites Like DuckDuckGo: - Dr. David E. 11 months ago
thanks for the call out. I tried Qwant and Freenet so far. Did you experience other ones? - Paolo 11 months ago
Yes - - Dr. David E. 11 months ago
Thanks. - Er. Jangyadutta 11 months ago
Still looking for others, too - Dr. David E. 11 months ago
Did someone try IprediaOS? - Paolo 11 months ago
No but I will - many thanks - Dr. David E. 11 months ago

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