Testing Your Web Browser Internet Privacy Settings

When you are online you want to make sure that your privacy is protected. You do not want anyone to know what websites you are visiting, who you are chatting to, writing email and so on. You might be looking for very personal information on the web like medicine against a disease, lawyer advices. Or you are sending very sensitive work information, sharing personal photos and private family stories. It is very important to make sure you are using a right browser. You should know what information about you is publicly accessible when using internet.

Most modern web browsers pay attention to their security. They have periodical updates, security audits and perform other actions. You might have heard of security contests that are held each year by the major IT companies in order to find as many security problems as possible. A lot of money is spent on these activities including motivation of independent security experts and researchers. But browsers rarely pay a serious attention to the user’s privacy. Many of us are not aware of their browser capabilities, we don’t check browers’ settings and preferences. Moreover sometimes you can’t change settings when using internet cafes or someone else’s computer.

At first try not to publish your private information on the web without a need. Don’t publish somebody else’s information without permission. Secondly always make sure you are submitting your data to the trusted websites over trusted connections. If it is a WiFi, make sure it is not a free access point in a park or in a cafe and you don’t know who the owner is. They can be just honeypots for stealing your identity. Thirdly make sure your browser is correctly set up. Use the latest version. Some browsers provide plugins that can increase your privacy protection with just a few clicks. At last, but not least, don’t forget to logout, clear browser’s cache or switch the private mode on when using someone’s computer.

In order to be literate about internet privacy you have to know more than an average internet user knows or ever concerns about. Such things as HTML, JavaScript and Cookies must be familiar to you. Maybe there is an easier way to check if your browser keeps an eye on your privacy? And is there a way to see what information is exposed to the web?

Before you browse the web, you can check your browser settings online without messing with many nuances. Such tools as it is will help you to see how your browser is configured, what information can be gathered (IP address, proxy settings, browser version and plugins, language, screen settings, system fonts and capabilities etc). It gives many advices on how to switch off various dangerous but not widely used browsers features like Java, Flash storages, silverlight and SQL databases. It tries to detect as much information as possible, but with respect to your privacy, because the gathered data is removed from the servers periodically.

You can choose what browser is better for your internet privacy by comparing what private information it reveals to the public and how easy you can change its settings. You can check all your computers, tablets and phones. It supports all modern web browsers including their mobile versions. The service is updated regularly, including very modern techniques like evercookies and passive remote systems identification. The official blog has articles on internet privacy and security.