Events such as AOL’s release of private search history have prompted many search engine users to be a bit more cautious with their searching habits.
Now, most of us have no need to hide our search history, but there’s no harm in more cautious Web surfing. Here are a few ways you can protect your Web privacy:
1. Private information
Do a search for yourself in any search engine and see what comes back – you might be surprised! A good Web safety rule of thumb is to avoid filling out forms that require personal information.
2. Clean out your search history
Most Internet browsers keep track of every single Web site you type into the address bar. In Internet Explorer, you can delete your search history by clicking on Tools, then Internet Options. In Firefox, all you need to do is go to Tools, then Options, then Privacy.
3. Clean out your cache
In order to promote a faster browsing experience, all browsers keep copies of Web sites you’ve visited in a temporary “cache” file. The same process I described above to clean out your search history can be used to clean out your cache (just different buttons, it’s very simple!).
4.Search with a proxy
Surfing with a proxy is one of the best ways to stay anonymous on the Web. Read more about it in my article titled Anonymous Surfing 101
5. Avoid registrations
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. Keep reading for more ways to protect your Web privacy.