5 Easy Privacy Guards for Online Searching to Start Using Today

 Privacy Online Searching

Online privacy is a growing concern, and for some things, it's crucial, such as searching online for health and medical information. It's vital to keep your privacy in mind when you're online. 

Keeping up with online privacy issues and implementing solutions is a drain on your time. So it's great to have some fast and easy things you can do to protect your privacy when searching online? Here are five simple things that you can do to protect yourself when you're searching online.

5 Do's and Don'ts for Web Search Privacy

  1. Don't use your e-mail address. If you need to register to access something, then use a temporary or disposable email address instead. (And don't give your real name or other identifying information either.)
  2. Don't search while logged on to a search engine or its related tools. For example, after using Gmail, log off before you start searching on Google.
  3. Don't use the search engine provided by your internet service provider (e.g., Comcast, AOL).
  4. Do use the private or incognito mode on the browser that you use. You won't be searching the web in anonymity, but it'll keep the browser from storing the information about your search (.e.g.  cookies and history) on the computer you're using.
  5. Do use a different browser and search engine combinations and switch them regularly.

Print out this list, put it by your computer, and start using these tips when you're searching online -- in no time, they'll be a habit. Come back here to the Websmartboomer blog for more tips and information on web privacy and much more. You can also sign up for the Web Smart Boomer newsletter to get even more tips and excellent web stuff, especially for baby boomers, delivered to your inbox. Join the list!