Safe As Houses?
My browsing setup is the first line of defence in my recent attempt to become more secure and private on-line. We all browse the internet but perhaps we don’t always think about the dark side.
I wrote a recent blog post titled Internet Security and Privacy . This discusses some of the reasons why we should take a little more care. You can read it here. There are lots of reasons for being cautious, and so after lots of experimentation this is now my browsing setup.
My Browsing Setup
To begin with I changed my search engine. I decided I didn’t want Google tracking me on-line, then using that information to make money. You might miss out on the odd useful thing but this way Google does know everything I do. I use DuckDuckGo. It’s nice and simple and it won’t track your searches.
Next I installed Disconnect.me. It will protect you from attack by making your IP address invisible. This will make it far less likely that you will spied on.
Then I moved my browser over to Mozilla’s excellent browser Firefox. I chose Firefox because of the brilliant add-ons you can use. There’s a lot to choose from and some of the most useful are these.
No Script is a really neat little add-on that monitors what the webpage you are visiting is up to. It stops scripts running that you might not be happy about. It’s easy to fine tune and I really like the way it provides feedback in real-time.
I chose the next one because of its name, but it is actually a really neat way of avoiding spam by offering to set you up a temporary email address. The address expires in 15 minutes. Use it when you sign up for things and don’t want to be bothered later. It’s called Bloody Vikings I love the name too!
Next I had a look at Virus protection and after testing a few chose Intego Mac Internet Security. I like its cool interface and it has everything I need while in my Mac world.
To keep on top of the vast number of passwords I use, I installed a password manager to keep them in one place. It also allows me to generate new ones and automatically fills in logins whenever I want. I use 1 Password.
Because I use Disconnect.me, I have also installed FlagFox as an add-on which puts a little flag in my browser to tell me where my in the world my IP has been set.
Dropbox is great. It’s a really indispensable part of my workflow. Problem is – their security is not fantastic. So I’ve spent a little time working out how to make anything you put in Dropbox more secure. I use a new service called Sookasa. It encrypts files on the fly and is really easy to set and use.Sookasa
There’s lot’s more I’ve learnt about software tools but much more to find out but I think I’m just a little safer on-line now than I was though.
Question: Let me know what your browsing setup is and I’m always pleased to receive advice too. You can leave a comment by clicking here.