In today’s world, it is more important than ever to protect your privacy. However, in today’s world it is harder and harder to protect your privacy and/or keep the information that will be used against you private.
Less privacy means higher food prices, higher premiums or denied insurance coverage or payments, false arrest, negative effects on your employment, denied or altered medical treatment, denied rental of living quarters, affects on your ability to get a loan, tracking by Google, Apple and the your and other governments.
You also may not mind sharing information, with some people but may not want to share that same information with everyone. Consider that you have no control over information gathered about you, as there have been many and increasingly more information hacks and breaches or the selling of the information.
The argument of "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear" is a poor one. Often people who have done nothing wrong have been and are discriminated against because of privacy intrusions.
With identity theft, such a huge concern not protecting your privacy is the road to problems.
Below are some tools and tips to protect your privacy, limit discrimination against you, while still being engaged in an ultra modern world where possible.
Search Engine Privacy and Tips
NEVER NEVER NEVER use Google!
Google saves all the information you search for and uses it to alter your search results for a profit, put cookies, spyware and beacons on the file they keep on your searches. They create and merge the information gathered and tagged onto you and they sell, trade or lease that file on you. Use the private search engines sartpage.com or ixquick.com
Use the world’s most private search engine startpage.com. Never use the evil Google to do a search. It is easy and cool. With startpage no one, not Google, not your ISP, no one will ever know what you search for. (Read more)
Or use the sister site to startpage.com, ixquick.com which has the same privacy and cool features but it is a metacrawler and searches other search engines than evil Google. (i.e. yahoo, entireweb, statesman, gigablast and others) I prefer this because I think Google edits the responses, I think you get better results with ixquick.com than Google gets. I only listed Startpage.com before ixquick.com because it is easier to spell and for people to remember.
SUPER TIP: Once you have found your search item carry on by licking on the proxylink right at the end of each search item. (click here for more info) This is really cool it protects and encrypts you search beyound the search itself.
Still not convinced read this from startpage.com (click here)
Read this about Google cookies
Shopping Card Privacy Tips
There is no safe way to use shopper loyalty and tracking cards!