Protect Your Privacy When Browsing

Popular Websites Are
Ignoring ‘Do Not Track’ Settings

What you Can Do
to Protect Your Privacy When Browsing

Forrester Research recently reported that popular websites are ignoring ‘Do Not Track’ (DNT) settings.

With DNT settings, you can request  ‘Do Not Track’. However, there is no enforcement. DNT settings do not protect from advertisers (and others) seeing which websites you visit.


Here is what you can do, to protect your privacy when searching the internet

  1. Best, use a VPN (virtual Private Network), such as (Approximately $40/year)

    The VPN encrypts your browsing traffic as it passes thought various Internet providers and firewalls. Techies call this ‘the encrypted tunnel’. Third parties cannot see the traffic inside the encrypted tunnel.

  2. Next, you can limit tracking somewhat by using Privacy Mode (Firefox), New Incognito Window (Chrome), and Private Browsing (Safari’).

    With Private Browsing, the browser does not store your passwords, cookies and personal information, when you close the session.

  3. Finally, use a search engine such as DuckDuckGo (free) that does not track you or keep history on which sites you visit. Easy to use. Great protection.

    DuckDuckGo is a privacy-optimized search engine. Unlike other browsers, DuckDuckGo does not collect or save information about users.

  4. A related tip: Avoid public Wi-Fi, particularly at airports, coffee shops, hotels, or other companies you visit – unless you are using a VPN.


Consumer-friendly organizations such as Electronic Frontier Foundation fight hard to achieve privacy protections for all of us, with the force of law. Unforutnately, we are not there yet.

If you have qustions about privacy and security on your business computer systems, we are happy to help. Contact MBSG