Jan 2, 2008

Surf The Web Anonymously, and Be Encrypted Too

Do you know who is watching you surf the internet? Did you know there are companies that make money off of figuring out which websites you go to the most while simultaneously collecting your personal information?

According to PCSecurityNews.com:

  • 8 out of 10 PC’s are infected with some sort of Spyware, with an average of 24.4 spies per PC scanned.
  • Microsoft estimates that 50% of all PC crashes are due to spyware.
  • Dell reports that 20% of all technical support calls involve spyware.

So how do you avoid being tracked and spied on? You get need to encrypt your web footprint, and surf anonymously. There are many ways of doing this, and if you have a preferred way let me know in the comments. I however am only going to talk about one way for now, and that is using an anonymous proxy with encryption.

The proxy I am talking specifically about is called The Cloak. According to their website there are a whole gaggle of reasons to surf anonymously. You can check out their reasons here (Why Use The Cloak?)

Here is a list of The Cloak's features from their website:

  • HTTP and HTTPS anonymous proxy: hide your identity from the sites you visit

  • Encrypted connection: hide your surfing from local snooping

  • Remote cookies: keep cookies at our site, and delete them after each session

  • User configurable content filtration: selectively remove Javascript, Java, and active content

  • FREE anonymous browsing

Remember it isn't just big brother that is watching you online. It is also big corporations that want to know your surfing habits, or identity thief's that want your personal information. Protect yourself, and surf anonymously.

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