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 22.214.171.124, 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.
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.
- HotSpot Shield
- VPN Unlimited
- Boleh VPN
- HideIP VPN
- VPN Gate
- Ace VPN
- Flow VPN
Instead of these, go for the following list of “No-Log” VPNs.
- NordVPN (I’m using this, and five thumbs up for NordVPN)
- Private Internet Access
- Avira Phantom VPN
- Perfect Privacy
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.