Your Online Behavior May Be Being Monitored

Your Online Behavior May Be Being Monitored

That's right, your web activity may be monitored, tracked and recorded right now. Firewalls and virus scanners are excellent ways to preserve your cyber health, but private browsing can take your cyber protection a step further.

What is private browsing?

Web browsers (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari, or Opera) record and save your browser activity. This includes saving sites with cookies to track your activity, passwords and temporary downloaded files.

Users often forget their login details or want to recall a recently visited website easily. Therefore, a tracked browser may seem appealing. These users however, are at risk of exposing their information to potential spies. Anyone who gains access to your computer will also have entry to all private information. This includes any embarrassing internet activities.

Private browsing (known as Incognito Mode in Chrome and InPrivate Browsing in Edge) will keep your information and website history from being recorded. All website history is removed as soon as the browser is closed. For example, if you are using a public computer you will be logged out of all accounts after closing the window.

Cookies can also be avoided from being stored on your computer in private browsing mode. Facebook will usually inundate users with highly targeted ads, based on the sites and pages they have visited. But in private browsing mode, your internet activity won’t be used against you.

A user can also be logged into several accounts on the same site. This is beneficial if you need to log in to two different Google accounts at the same time.

Limitations of private browsing

There are limitations to private browsing. For example, in certain circumstances it will not keep your online activities completely private. If connected to a company network, system administrators can keep track of what you’re browsing even in Incognito Mode.  Spies can also gain access if spyware or keylogger malware is installed on your computer.

A keylogger malware records every key typed and may send this information to an email address without your permission. Personal information including passwords, answers to verification questions, account numbers, credit card details, or even the words you type into a chat are all at risk of being hacked.

Private web activity shouldn’t be your only form of online privacy. There are additional power tools to have in your cyber security box. Virtual Private Networks will encrypt your internet connection and prevent anyone from intercepting your data on your mobile device or computer. Scanning your computer for viruses with a strong anti-malware program can also be beneficial. Spyware and other malicious web monitoring software won't stand a chance.

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Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.