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Bullet Proof Your Online Safety

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 by Steven David


 Bullet proof your online safety and privacy 99.99% 

In this article I will show you how to protect yourself and loved ones from ALL prying eyes and it’s free most of the time.

Let’s start with the browser you use. Internet Explorer (i.e.) is the most widely used browser for surfing because of its ease of use, however, it’s the worst possible browser to use for security and privacy. Do you ever wonder how and why the day before or days before you were shopping for a new car online and all of a sudden today while surfing the net, you see car ads. You are being watched by marketers. If your online activities can be tracked by marketers, then it goes without saying the government can and does track your online activities (most internet service providers if not all are in bed with the government).

Having said that, let’s explore ways to safeguard your privacy online: Ditch internet explorer and use Firefox which is an open source browser and the most secure with its features with frequent updates regarding security enhancements.

1-    Set your browser to private browsing mode (no history left behind)

2-    Never accept third party cookies. Set your browser to reject third party                 cookies

3-    Tell sites you do not want to be tracked

4-    Never allow browser to remember passwords 

Get the following extensions and add them to your Firefox browser, they’re FREE. Go to Firefox (top left), click add-ons and download the following items:

1-    Google analytics opt-out add on

2-    NoScript. Certain sites will not work without scripting, such as banking. ALLOW              TEMPORIRALY. NoScript will allow about 2/3 of scripting while on site.

3-    TrackMeNot

4-    DoNotTrackMe

5-    Go to and download free                   personal key scrambler. When active, this application scrambles your                   passwords as you’re typing it into a website.

Finally, paid services using Virtual Private Network (VPN) services: There are many VPN services available for less than a $100 dollars a year and well worth it, such as ProXpn (for all your computers and cell phones) and TorGuard (for all your computers and cell phones).

Passwords: Use minimum 22 characters or phrase containing alpha numeric characters, upper & lower letters with special symbols and space, for example “It’s too Darn early at 7 am for breakfast At Maggiano’s.” Unfortunately most sites will not allow you to use this type of password, however, some will. Having said that, you can secure your computer and files with such type of passwords in the event your computer is compromised, it’s nearly impossible to hack such passwords.

Submitted by:

Steven David

Special Agent (Ret)
U.S. Homeland Security Investigations