Your browsing history can be bought, here’s how to hide it

Earlier this month, Congress decided to let your Internet Service Provider (ISP) sell your web browsing history to advertisers without your consent.  

 

Previous regulations required customers to “Opt-In,” giving permission to the ISP to sell their data.  But in a a 205-215 vote the House of Representatives decided to allow advertisers to purchase a record of all of the websites you’ve visited.  Of course you have nothing to hide, but do you really want anyone to be able to view a time stamped list of every single site you’ve looked at?  It might be time to invest in a VPN.

What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network.  It’s a way to make your computer’s internet access travel through another network away from your home or office.  This means that websites you visit, and your ISP, see the other computer’s address instead of yours.  If you surf the web using a VPN service, any advertisers, companies, or the government won’t have be able to see which sites you visit.

There are several paid VPN services to choose from  which offer premium support and several ways to connect all your devices.  There are also some free options that provide fewer features but will still hide your IP address.  In order to test your VPN service, open http://IPchicken.com before and after you’re connected to your VPN.  See how the numbers change?  That means you can now crawl the web anonymously.

If you need help setting a VPN, feel free to CALL US or EMAIL US to schedule an appointment with a certified networking professional today.  Your privacy is important, protect it with Shreveport Fix IT.