1.3 Digital Privacy: Browser
Browser is also as important as email when it comes to digital privacy, as email is mostly subjected to accounts whereas activity log is the biggest concern to think about while using a browser.
The first thing I look for in a browser is that it’s not from Google. Secondly, I don’t want my browser to help advertisers and other big companies follow me around the internet when I browse.
so, my favorite privacy-focused browser is Firefox and here is why I am using it for a long time.
Firefox focuses on privacy and gives me the ability to see how many data-collecting trackers I’ve blocked with their Enhanced Tracking Protection. Their browser blocks over 2000 unethical trackers automatically. And on top of this, I also installed more advanced digital privacy tools like DuckDuckGo’s Privacy Essentials, AdGuard, AdBlock Plus, or Ghostery. Since I use multiple devices (a desktop, laptop, and phone), I can sync all my tabs by using Firefox Sync. I can even send tabs from one device to another—say I find a long article on my phone, but it’s too small to read much on, so I send it to my desktop to read it later.
Below are Mozilla recommended plugins
Firefox Multi-Account Containers
Firefox Multi-Account Containers lets you keep parts of your online life separated into color-coded tabs that preserve your privacy. Cookies are separated by container, allowing you to use the web with multiple identities or accounts simultaneously. This is a great extension for people on shared computers or who have multiple accounts for services like Google or Amazon.
This extension helps you control more of your web activity from Facebook by isolating your identity into a separate container. This makes it harder for Facebook to track your activity on other websites via third-party cookies and lets you keep using a service you enjoy.
Instead of exposing your real email address to every random site asking for it, simply right-click on the designated input field and select “Bloody Vikings!”. Bloody Vikings! automatically inserts a temporary email address and opens the corresponding mailbox in a new background tab.
Control your cookies! When a tab closes, any cookies not being used are automatically deleted. Whitelist the ones you trust while deleting the rest. Bonus, it now works with Firefox multi-account containers.
Many websites rely on large third parties for content delivery. Canceling requests for ads or trackers is usually drama-free, but sometimes ad blockers and tracking protectors break pages. Decentraleyes works around this by providing lightning-speed delivery of local (bundled) files to improve online privacy.
Disconnect lets you visualize and block the otherwise invisible websites that track your search and browsing history.
Disconnect for Facebook
Disconnect for Facebook prevents Facebook from tracking the web pages you go to by blocking Facebook-related requests sent from third-party websites. Facebook Disconnect blocks traffic from third-party sites to Facebook servers but still, you can visit and use your Facebook account without issues.
DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials
This extension provides the privacy essentials you need to take control of your personal information, no matter where the internet takes you: tracker blocking, smarter encryption, DuckDuckGo private search, and more.
This extension lets you set the number of days you want to keep your history for and then deletes it.
Hate it when you copy a URL to share and get a long string of characters? Link Cleaner lets you easily strip tracking parameters, giving you clean and simple links to share.
Privacy Badger automatically learns to block invisible trackers. Instead of keeping lists of what to block, Privacy Badger learns by watching which domains appear to be tracking you as you browse the Web. If trackers ignore your wishes to not be tracked (aka you have Do Not Track enabled), your Badger will learn to block them. Besides automatic tracker blocking, Privacy Badger also removes outgoing link click tracking on Facebook and Twitter.
Privacy marsupials are here to help you manage your data. Or to help you mess up the data collected by third-party-trackers. Privacy Possum disrupts common commercial tracking methods by reducing and falsifying the data gathered by tracking companies.
HTTP is the way a server communicates with the browser. HTTP enables visitors to view a website and send information back and forth to the server. HTTPS is communication through a secured connection. Communications through HTTPS with the server are encrypted by a secure certificate known as an SSL. The encryption prevents third parties from eavesdropping on communications to and from the server. Smart HTTPS automatically changes HTTP protocol to the secure HTTPS when it is available. If it encounters an error while loading a site in HTTPS it will revert it back to the HTTP so your browsing experience is seamless.
I add two more plugins that I use, Enhancer for youtube and 1password pwd manager.
Now do the drill
- Make Firefox your default browser
- Switch the default search engine from Google to Duck duck go
- And go to the one-click search engine: Remove all expect Duck duck go
- Untick search suggestions
- Go to network settings: Enable DNS over HTTPS
- Do not track the signal: Enable "Always"
- Enable delete cookies when firefox is closed
- Deselect all under logins and passwords
- History -> Firefox will use custom settings for history, Enable clear history when Firefox closes and untick the rest
- Now add privacy badger and HTTPS everywhere plugins
Note: The best alternatives I would recommend were Brave browser and Tor browser an end to end IP protection