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Monday, October 28, 2013

Top Privacy Tools for your Browser :

It’s hard to use the Internet anymore without being watched. Tracking cookies follow your every move, so advertisers can figure out what to sell you. Social networks keep you constantly signed in, in part so they can see what other websites you visit. Phone and tablet apps may be gathering information about you, including your contacts list or your camera roll.

If you want to participate in today’s Internet, and all the apps and services that go with it, you have two choices: Accept that your information is out there and try not to worry about it, or arm yourself with some privacy protection tools. Should you choose the latter path, check out these apps and services to help you stay anonymous online and keep your information out of the wrong hands:

1. SpotFlux: 

 Spotflux is one of  the best way to protect and enhance your internet connection. It performs millions of cloud-based real-time calculations, encrypts and compresses your mobile internet traffic. Spotflux works across all your devices. Spotflux eliminates things that might pose a threat to your identity or your data. It uses the cloud and doesn't slow you down. The threats and vulnerabilities out there are ever-evolving, and our technology is evolving and working just as hard to protect you. 
 Spotflux provides a managed and trusted connection to the internet that immediately reacts to and protects against emerging threats and unwanted tracking that affect mobile devices and desktop computers. We do the hard work, so that you don't have to.

2. HTTPS Everywhere:

This is an port of the popular HTTPS Everywhere extension for Firefox. It automatically switches thousands of sites from insecure "http" to secure "https".  It will protect you against many forms of surveillance and account hijacking, and some forms of censorship.
If HTTPS Everywhere causes a site to look weird or break, you can disable it for that site using the button in the address bar in the top right of your screen.  HTTPS Everywhere for Chrome is currently in alpha, and a few such issues are inevitable due to bugs in websites' HTTPS support.  Also watch for a "shield" button in the address bar, which means that Chrome blocked insecure portions of the page.  Sometimes pages will look weird with their insecure portions removed.  Clicking on the shield will let you load them, but will reduce your security and privacy.

3. Lightbeam:

Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that uses interactive visualizations to show you the first and third party sites you interact with on the Web. As you browse, Lightbeam reveals the full depth of the Web today, including parts that are not transparent to the average user.

4. Disconnect :

Disconnect crawls the web to find the companies that track people, then Disconnect works in your browser to block tracking requests from those companies.
Disconnect is a browser extension that allows you to prevent Facebook, Google, and Twitter from tracking you across the web. The site also offers the Collusion browser extension for Chrome and Safari

5. Donot Track Me :

Every time you use the web, companies are collecting and storing info about you and your web activity. Not anymore with DoNotTrackMe! Protect your privacy by blocking online tracking of your browsing activity and personal information.
  •  Automatically block online tracking on any website you visit including cookies, ads with tracking, and more
  •  Choose to create disposable email addresses, phone numbers, and credit cards on the fly, so companies can’t track your personal info
  •  View the number and names of tracking companies you’re blocking in real-time
  • Block Facebook, Google, and Twitter widgets from tracking you
6. MyPermissions :

MyPermissions protects users from unknowingly sharing photos, documents, locations, contacts, emails, or any other sensitive information, and allows them to approve or revoke what apps access their data, and how.
 MyPermissions allows you to quickly adjust the notification settings on all of your major profiles and accounts. Simply click on an icon to go directly to your settings. MyPermissions was the inspiration for AdjustYourPrivacy.

7. Ghostery :

Ghostery shows you the invisible web – cookies, tags, web bugs, pixels and beacons--and gives you a roll-call of over 1,600 ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers and other companies interested in your activity.
After you’ve seen what’s tracking you, you can decide whether or not you want to block any or all of the companies in Ghostery’s library.

8. AccountKiller :

AccountKiller provides instructions on how to deactivate social accounts for over 500 websites. Since some sites make it impossible to deactivate accounts, AccountKiller is a good place to check before creating any accounts.

9.RequestPolicy :

RequestPolicy is an extension that improves the privacy and security of your browsing by giving you control over when cross-site requests are allowed by webpages you visit.

Cross-site requests are requests that your browser is told to make by a website you are visiting to a completely different website. Though usually legitimate requests, they often result in advertising companies and other websites knowing your browsing habits, including specific pages you view throughout the day. Among the attacks that cross-site requests are used in, they are particularly dangerous with Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks where your browser is told to make a request to another website and that other website thinks you (the person) meant to make the request.

With RequestPolicy, the default for any cross-site request is to deny it. Users are notified when requests on the current page have been blocked (the status bar flag icon at the bottom right of your browser turns red). Clicking on this status bar flag icon gives you a menu where you can view and modify which requests are blocked and allowed. You can whitelist requests you approve of by origin site, destination site, or specific origin-to-destination.

10. NoScript :

It allows JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from trusted domains of your choice, e.g. your home-banking web site, guarding your "trust boundaries" against cross-site scripting attacks (XSS), cross-zone DNS rebinding / CSRF attacks (router hacking), and Clickjacking attempts, thanks to its unique ClearClick technology. It also implements the DoNotTrack tracking opt-out proposal by default.

11. Stay Invisible :

Online privacy test to analyze what does your browser reveal to websites, in addition to your IP address. Allows to check your default Internet connection and connections protected with "hide my IP" services like proxy or VPN - often with shocking results. Modern web browsers provide a user with a lot of features but they have also been designed to reveal your IP address and tons of other "innocent looking" information to websites. A collection of such information can be used to compile browser fingerprints that according to the EFF study are unique, identifiable and can be easily used for online tracking.

12. Privacy Check :

Privacy Check will quickly tell you what Facebook information is being shared about you. The scan will provide you with a score out of 21, and a quick visual output, with the option to view the raw data.

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