The Pros and Cons of Using Tor for Online Privacy

by Tracy Knauer •

Tor lets you browse the Internet anonymously. But to use it effectively, you should understand what it does and what it doesn’t do. Here’s a concise summary of things to know about Tor. As an online privacy solution, Tor offers lots of advantages. These include: It’s free. It’s relatively easy to set up and use. For most people, downloading and …

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How To: Perform Private Searches Online

by Tracy Knauer •

Performing online searches using major search engines is a big privacy risk. Here are a few alternative search engines that allow you to search without being tracked. Search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo! track you in various ways. If you have an account with them, they can correlate your searches with other details you reveal about yourself. And even …

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Tor Unveils Hardened Browser for Extra Security

by Tracy Knauer •

The Tor project recently released the first version of its “hardened” Tor browser package. This release comes with extra security features designed to provide more privacy and protection against attacks. The Tor browser is a special Web browser package that makes it easy to connect to the Tor network. It is designed to be portable and self-contained, meaning you can …

How To: Use HTTPS Everywhere for Browser Privacy

by Tracy Knauer •

HTTPS Everywhere is a browser extension that automatically encrypts Web traffic with SSL protection whenever it is available. Here’s how to use it, and what you should know about its limitations. About HTTPS Everywhere Under the HTTPS protocol, data is encrypted so that people monitoring your network connection cannot read what you send or receive through the browser. HTTPS is …