With the Heartbleed vulnerability that went viral recently, it’s clear that one will never achieve 100-percent security or privacy.
However, the most plausible solution to this will be locking down your internet access completely so as to prevent any breach possible.
Which brings us to the topic of improving the privacy of your browsing. Most browsers offer privacy in the form of a mode that prevents your browsing to be tracked. In Chrome it is the incognito mode, Internet Explorer has InPrivate Browsing and Firefox has Private Windows.
But not only will your ISP know what you are surfing but so will the sites themselves as they can track your router’s IP address.
You can add an additional layer of security by installing add-ins such as MaskMe and Ghostery that will keep you protected from spies of all kinds. The former add-ins can provide you with both disposable email addresses as well as temporary credit cards too.
There are a couple of caveats with the latter, and which involves the display of pop-ups as well as the company taking money from advertisers for their business, which is a conflict of interest.
That said, these solutions will still allow website to view your IP address while your ISP will continue to track what websites you’ve visited too.
If you want to hide your IP address, then a VPN is advisable but most of all, the Tor Browser will help you stay safe since it routes its signal through a number of servers so people do not know where you are coming from.
It’s probably the safest option available now.