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March 10, 2022

How to Stop Being Tracked Online Using 5 Simple Methods

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Tired of companies tracking what websites you are visiting?

Are you furious with advertisers showing you the same ads on every site you visit?

Do you just want to surf the internet in peace without your internet service provider or the government sticking their nose in your private business?

Well if you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this article is for you.

In this article, I am going to show you how to stop being tracked online using 5 simple methods.

No one wants to be tracked, or have a 3rd party knowing every move they make, which websites they are visiting, what they are buying online, etc.

This can be extremely annoying and at the end of the day, it’s an invasion of privacy.

So without further ado, let’s begin.

Why You are Being Tracked?

Before we begin, we need to cover a few reasons why you are being tracked in the first place.

Oh and let me give you a hint, it’s not for your benefit…

  1. To Sell Your Data: Companies are notorious for selling customer’s data to 3rd parties for profit. You may think your favorite retailer or website has your best interest at heart, but at the the same time, they are a business first. At the end of the day, they need to make money in any form or fashion that they can, and that also includes selling your data.
  2. To Show You Relevant Ads: Have you ever bought an item from an online retailer, and the next website you visit, they are showing you ads for products that are related to the one you just purchased? Well my friend, you are definitley being tracked.
  3. To See How Visitors are Engaging With a Website: Companies track you to see how you & other website visitors are engaging with a website. They want to see what buttons you push, which pages you visit, what topics & products you are searching for and the list goes on and on. By monitoring your browsing habits, companies can optimize their site so they can get the maximum engagement & maximum sales.
  4. To Share Your Data With the Government & Law Enforcement: Depending on the country you live in, your browsing habits will be monitored by the government & law enforcement agencies. These entities monitor their citizen’s online activities so they won’t be swayed by outside propaganda. Also in some countries, certain popular websites are blocked and you can only access these websites by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). We will discuss more on VPN’s later in this article.

These are just a few reasons why companies are tracking you online. Trust me, the list of reasons is much longer, but I just want you to get a general idea of why they do what they do.

These companies are not your friends, and they will use any information or data they can get from you to make as much money as they possibly can.

How Are You Being Tracked?

The most common way companies are tracking you is by using a technology called “cookies”.

Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored on your computer which help identify your computer, a user session, personalize a website toward a specific user, or simply track a user’s activity.

Sometimes cookies can be useful, such as recording your login information or saving an item in your shopping cart if you leave a website and come back to it.

Cookies can be annoying especially when it comes to tracking & showing you advertisements.

There are times when you are viewing a product on a particular website, you leave the website for another site, and an advertisement pops up for the exact same product you were just looking at!

This example is when a website’s cookie is tracking your browsing habits and is showing you advertisements on another site for products you may be interested in.

Personally, I find this annoying, because when I am finished browsing a website, I don’t want to look at it or see any products from it again until I am ready.

What Kind of Information is Being Collected?

Trackers/Cookies collect various types of information about a user. Below is a shortlist of the type of information that is being collected.

  • User’s IP Address
  • Geographic Location
  • Webpage or Products You’ve Clicked On
  • User Settings
  • Time spent Browsing the Website
  • Purchases You’ve Made

As you can see, all kinds of information about you are being collected and for most people, we don’t like people in our personal business. In the next section, we are going to discuss 5 simple methods you can implement to stop being tracked online.

Method #1: Use a VPN

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a special type of network that lets you create a secure connection to another network by using encryption. A VPN protects your privacy by not letting outside parties pry into what you are doing on the internet. Nobody wants to be tracked or watched, so using a VPN is a good way to secure your privacy.

I am going to write a full article on what a VPN is, how it works, and the 5 benefits of using one, so stay on the lookout for when I release it.

Method #2: Use a Private Web Browser

If you want to step up your privacy while browsing the internet, you should consider using a private web browser.

Private web browsers such as Brave, Tor & DuckDuckGo provide users with an insane amount of privacy features.

These private browsers can block tracking cookies & allow you to search privately without ISP’s are other entities keeping a history of your online activities.

Ultimately, using a private web browser in addition to a VPN will beef up your privacy to another level.

Method #3: Clear Your Browsing Data Regularly

Use should make it a habit to clear your browsing data on a regular basis. This includes cookies, browsing history, & cached images and files.

The main reason you should be doing this is to obviously maintain your privacy. If someone other than yourself logs onto your computer they will be able to see what websites you’ve been looking at, have access to your accounts if you haven’t properly logged out and companies will continue to track you so they can serve ads to you.

Clearing your browsing data is extremely simple and you should start clearing it out on a consistent basis.

Method #4: Read the ToS of the Respective Website You are Visiting

This is something that we all should be doing, including myself, but we don’t because the Terms of Service are usually long, in small print & boring, so we usually click “I agree” without fully realizing what we are getting ourselves into.

In the ToS, it usually lays out that our data is being tracked and if they are sharing it with other 3rd parties.

If they are laying this out for you and you don’t like it you more than likely will not have any legal recourse. So your only option is to not agree to the ToS and not use the site at all, or use a VPN so your online sessions will be encrypted and trackers will be blocked. I recommend NordVPN for all of your VPN needs.

Method #5: Use a Private Search Engine

One more way to stop being tracked online is to use a private search engine such as MetaGer or Startpage.

Private search engines do not track, log your history or share your search queries with 3rd parties. They really care about your privacy and they will not ruin their reputation by selling your data to other companies.

In conclusion, using any of these 5 methods to stop being tracked will increase your online privacy and you will be able to search the internet with peace of mind. If you decide to combine all 5 of these methods together, you will have an impenetrable fortress and you will never have to worry about a 3rd party or anyone for that matter gathering, using, or selling your information for their gain.

At the end of the day, privacy matters and should not be taken lightly. You should do everything possible to maintain your right to privacy and not let people pry into your private life.

If you enjoyed this article, feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Do you have any other methods people can use to stop being tracked online? Feel free to share it below!

That’s all for now, see you next time!

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