The privacy of your personal data is important, and your government is increasingly using technology to do so.
But even the most secure means of transmitting or storing it is imperfect.
The NSA and other intelligence agencies can still track you and your internet connections, but they can’t see where you’ve been or what you’ve done.
And the NSA’s PRISM program, which collects information from internet providers, is so invasive that even a whistle-blower could find themselves in trouble.
What you can do To make your online privacy better, here are some things you can try: Turn off cookies and trackers Use “always on” mode to help prevent your browser from automatically opening pages when you go online.
(This mode will help protect your data from snooping by default, but it’s not the only way to get rid of cookies.)
Keep tabs on your browsing history.
You can change your cookie settings to make sure your browsing behavior is more private.
Set up a cookie blocker on your browser to prevent the tracking of your browsing habits.
This will help keep your browsing private and keep your data safe.
Learn more about privacy and security.
Limit what you share online.
You might want to limit the types of personal information you share.
This might mean you only share the details of your friends’ Facebook posts with friends you know, or limiting the number of friends you share with your spouse or a loved one.
Learn how to manage your privacy settings.
Some of these privacy policies might be confusing to you.
Some might even contradict each other.
For example, if you want to make it easier for someone to contact you, you might want your contact information to be kept private.
Use a browser that allows you to control how your data is shared and used.
Follow the terms of service of your service provider.
Make sure that the terms and conditions of your services are clear and enforceable.
Use Google Analytics and other third-party analytics services.
Use tools that track the data that you’ve used and share it with your friends.
These third-parties are often used to monitor behavior online or track your movements.
Make use of tools that allow you to opt out of collecting information about you.
These are often called opt-out tools.
Read more about how to use third-Party tools.
Make a request for privacy information.
Ask your internet service provider to share your information with a privacy company or a third-factor service that you can opt out from.
Read how to request information about your privacy and data collection.