How to Protect Your Privacy on the Internet

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  1. If you have a smartphone, buy a cheap pre-paid SIM card and use it with your phone. Don’t use your personal SIM card.
  2. Use a VPN service. I highly recommend Private Internet Access (PIA) . It is fast, secure, reliable and cheap. You can get it from PIA website . Now you can even get it through Amazon Prime or Newegg as PIA announced that they are now accepting these two online platforms as payment options for its VPN plans!
  3. Download all the apps you need directly from their official websites or app stores instead of downloading from third-party sites like APKMirror which may contain malware and tracking code. In case you’re paranoid about using weird websites or searching “APK” on Google because you think the NSA tracks everything you do online, then stop using Google search engine altogether and just use DuckDuckGo or some other private search engines or just use Bing (which is better than Google in my opinion).
  4. Be smart when browsing on public WiFi networks; I mean obviously don’t do anything that puts your privacy at risk while connected to one of those networks, like sending e-mails with personally identifiable information such as social security number or credit card numbers etc., since anyone who’s connected to that same network could very well be intercepting your data packets and reading them.
  5. Don’t install any software unless required by an application that needs it; this includes anti-virus programs too since most of them come bundled with spyware so no thanks to that!
  6. This goes without saying but never ever give out your real name, address, phone number etc., anywhere on the internet including forums and comment sections of blogs whether they are popular ones like Huffington Post or smaller ones such as The Epoch Times blog page for example; always remember that there’s no such thing as complete anonymity online because pretty much every major site has embedded scripts tracking everything users do on their sites.
  7. Stop posting stuff about yourself on social media sites; if no one knows who you are then they won’t be able to find you online either, so what’s the point in posting stuff about yourself in places where everyone can easily access your data?
  8. Don’t fill out forms asking for personal information unless absolutely necessary; if it’s not necessary then don’t fill out the form at all!
  9. Never provide any sensitive information over email unless 100% encrypted end-to-end; this includes e-banking details too. The majority of banks today offer HTTPS access to their web interfaces.
  10. Use alternative search engines instead of Google; DuckDuckGo is great!
  11. If possible, buy a dumb phone instead of a smartphone. Smartphones come loaded with tons of tracking software which makes them hard to protect against spying eyes, especially when compared to regular mobile phones which only come loaded with basics like calculator etc..
  12. Always enable encryption whenever possible and disable JavaScript wherever possible (on websites etc.), just go into settings > advanced settings > content settings > block scripts option and set it accordingly depending on whether script blocking is enabled across the board or not because otherwise some websites may become inaccessible due to lack of appropriate scripting elements being present on pages.

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