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Tip of the Week: ‘Secure’ Browsing Doesn’t Mean ‘Private’

Tip of the Week: ‘Secure’ Browsing Doesn’t Mean ‘Private’

Internet browsers, by in large, provide enough security for the average user to come out unscathed. Nowadays, people deal with many more threats than they once did, but by in large, users stay secure when using today’s most popular browsers. Privacy, however, is a whole different matter.

Nearly every brand of browser offers some of supposedly covert browsing options. Google Chrome has Incognito mode, Microsoft Edge allows you to access the web using “InPrivate” mode, and Apple’s Safari browser also offers users private browsing. Each of these platforms, however, are a would-be nightmare for privacy advocates. For this week’s tip, we will discuss some things you can do to keep yourself private while online.

Privacy in Browsing
Shielding your online identity inside your browser may prevent your browser’s history from tracking your online activity, but your ISP doesn’t have those kind of restrictions. Your ISP is capable of tracking every site you go to no matter what browser you use. Additionally, websites you visit when you are browsing privately, can also track your IP address regardless of your use of private browser settings. Since your path is left unprotected, it leaves your website activity open for inspection.

On that note, it also should be mentioned that no matter what kind of in-browser private setting you use, your employer, who typically owns the network you are working on, can still see what sites you access. For business owners that are serious about lost productivity from employee web surfing, there are solutions to ensure that you control what your workers can see. If you are serious about keeping your web browsing private, your best bet is to use your own virtual private network (VPN).

Virtual Private Browsing
Using a VPN will keep the connection between your system and your destination hidden, allowing you to choose the location you are browsing from. In hiding your connection under the encryption afforded by the VPN, you can get the privacy you need from anywhere on any Internet connection.

For assistance in implementing a VPN for your business’ browsing needs, reach out to Casserly Consulting L.L.C. at (978) 988-5500.

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