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Wendy Boswell

Do you feel like you are pretty safe on the Web?

By February 23, 2013

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According to an article in the New York Times, 90% of those polled in an independent survey stated that online privacy was a "really" or "somewhat" important issue. More than 75 percent of respondents agreed with the statement "The Internet is not well regulated, and naive users can easily be taken advantage of." Obviously privacy online is a hot button! Where do you stand on this issue?

Do you know how private your Web searches are? For instance, do you read Web sites' privacy policies? Are you aware of how websites track your movements? Do you give your information out freely to websites that request it? If so, I've got some information you need to read:

Be invisible on the Web with anonymous surfing. Learn about anonymous surfing, what anonymous surfing is, why you might be interested in surfing anonymously, how much information is easily learned about you via your Web surfing habits, anonymous proxies and services, and more.

Don't want anyone seeing what you're searching for? Search engines (and other people that use your computer) can and do keep records of searches - here's a few ways you can keep your searching history private.

Don't want companies to know your information? If you're as tired as I am of sites forcing you to go through registration just to view their content, than BugMeNot is for you. It's easy to use and makes life much simpler, not to mention it's a good guard of your online privacy and enables you to surf anonymously.

One of the easiest ways for you to get tracked online is through malicious software applications (malware) that watch what your computer is doing. You can get rid of these with free spyware removal tools.

A lot of the traps that people get caught in online could be avoided with some common sense Web safety. Use my Safe Search Checklist to keep yourself from being tracked online.

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