Browsing the web and using apps are two of the easiest ways to find information—but being online is also one of the easiest ways for your every digital move to be tracked. Every time you visit a website, a small army of cookies, trackers, and little pieces of embedded code watch what you do, follow you to other websites, and capture information about you to help serve you ads. Other information about us — data that perhaps we’d prefer not to share — is also available in those cookies, including our location, IP address, and computer platform or operating system.
I’m sorry, but I don’t want that information shared with the world — by default?!? — so I call BS. It’s time to arm ourselves with tools we can use to help set up and then automate a more secure internet experience. Here’s how to start.