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Mon Jan 29, 2018, 08:44 AM

31. If you use Firefox...

You go to options, privacy and security, look at the cookies, and delete the ones you don't want. There will be several cookies from the NYT and Wapo, and lots from trackers. I delete everything I don't want.

VPNs are Virtual Private Networks. I researched the topic and chose BolehVPN. It costs $79/year. When I turn on my computer, it automatically connects to the internet. When I activate my VPN, a menu comes up with different countries I can select. I then surf the internet anonymously.

The best site (IMO) I used for my research about VPNs is this one: https://thatoneprivacysite.net/ . Lots of info on that site.

I use a VPN because I am totally, 100%, against my privacy being violated when I use the internet. I don't do anything nefarious on the net -- it is a matter of principle.

I also use Ad Blocker Plus, NoScript, Ghostery, HTTPS Everywhere, Privacy Badger, Auto-Opt Out for Flash, Disable Web RTC, Disconnect for Facebook, and Duck Duck Go Privacy Essentials. These are all Firefox extensions which can be accessed from Firefox's options menu.

Duck Duck Go is a search engine that doesn't track users.

I do not have anything stored in the Cloud except for the books I buy from Amazon that I haven't deleted from their site yet. I deleted Flash Player. If I want to use it, I'll reinstall it and set it to Always Ask.

I also run Malwarebytes, CCleaner, AVG PC Tuneup, and Wise Registry Cleaner every day.

I back up my computer onto an external hard drive (WG Passport), which is basically plug-and-play. Everything I don't use frequently is on the WG and on a 65 GB flash drive, not on my computer.

I stopped using anything related to Google altogether. I searched my computer using File Explorer and removed all the Google files I found there.

I deleted my FB and Twitter accounts. I have gone back to the old ways -- email and telephone. No social media accounts for me.

I use the Windows Firewall and Windows Defender. I run the virus scan from Defender once a week.

My next project is to install Linux, and keep Microsoft out of my business as much as possible. I am technologically challenged by Linux, or that project would already be completed. I am also going to get an anonymous email account to use for everything except people I personally know. Still researching that.

I am probably gilding the lily with all these security measures ... but I don't mind that. I've recently read several books about protecting my internet identity, and it is shocking how much anyone could find out about me.

None of it is bad stuff, but it is my private business (or so I thought). Besides, I think it is fun to research and implement these safeguards.

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