Two weeks ago, in the face of the Facebook controversy and the #DeleteFacebook movement, we gave you a suggestion: screw up your Facebook data rather than just delete it. Following that, a slew of other media platforms came up with similar ideas.

But that didn’t solve the issue of privacy and security online. Arguments against Internet privacy point out that aggressors and dangerous characters make use of such tools to mask their presence online. But in truth, these people would find a way to do so anyway. Meanwhile, the rest of the Internet face exposure for their legitimate behaviour.

That tide is turning. Internet platforms are turning around and doing their best to change the World Wide Web by coming up with better solutions. Cloudflare, a platform that provides content delivery networks and Internet security services, has released a public DNS server that anyone can use to hide their Internet presence even from your ISP. Called 1.1.1.1, it aims to speed up your Internet access at the same time, while privatising your access.

The Domain Name Server issue

For most people who do not know what DNS is, it’s basically a server that translates what you type into a web browser or private network into an IP address that connects to the website you’re looking to visit. Most Internet Service Providers have their own Domain Name Server, but there are public ones as well. Google provides its own, for example.

The problem is, between your web browser to the DNS, your site is still logged. That means your ISP and Google can both track where you’re going. Cloudflare’s solution promises that it doesn’t hold any records of your visit, and logs are cleared every day. To guarantee it, it will have an audit firm conduct independent audits to certify this.

VPN Services

The second thing you can do is to use a VPN service. VPNs work by directing all your web traffic to a server of your choice, encrypting that info and anonymising it so no one knows what you are doing. At least that’s what they claim. However recently, an inspection of some of the most popular VPNs in the world showed that a number of them do actually keep tabs on your Internet activity. The list of VPNs that do that are below, according to The Best VPN.

  1. PureVPN
  2. HideMyAss
  3. HotSpot Shield
  4. VPN Unlimited
  5. VyprVPN
  6. Astrill
  7. ZoogVPN
  8. Buffered
  9. TigerVPN
  10. Boleh VPN
  11. Anonymizer
  12. IPinator
  13. Seed4.me
  14. AnonVPN
  15. FlyVPN
  16. SunVPN
  17. iPredator
  18. HideIP VPN
  19. VPN Gate
  20. HolaVPN
  21. Faceless.me
  22. Betternet
  23. Ace VPN
  24. Flow VPN
  25. Freedom-IP
  26. IronSocket

Instead of these, go for the following list of “No-Log” VPNs.

  1. ExpressVPN
  2. NordVPN (I’m using this, and five thumbs up for NordVPN)
  3. Mullvad
  4. Windscribe
  5. ProtonVPN
  6. Private Internet Access
  7. TorGuard
  8. IVPN
  9. HIDE.me
  10. TunnelBear
  11. CyberGhost
  12. Trust.Zone
  13. Avira Phantom VPN
  14. SaferVPN
  15. Ivacy
  16. StrongVPN
  17. VPNArea
  18. ZenMate
  19. proXPN
  20. AirVPN
  21. FrootVPN
  22. PrivateVPN
  23. VPNSecure
  24. Perfect Privacy
  25. IPVanish

You can read all about their services and charges on The Best VPN.

There are additional solutions coming, but in the meantime if you’re a privacy-manic, these are the best solutions for keeping your Internet use as it should be: only for your consumption.

*Also, don’t forget to keep your Internet history clean.

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