Hygiene
in The Digital Public Square

You’re less incognito than you think.

Malicious apps, theft, spam, cyber stalking, censorship, surveillance.
There are no foolproof answers to risk online.
But there is advice to help.

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I want to hide my traces

I want to hide my traces

Your computer keeps trace of most of your activities. This includes the websites you visit, documents you’ve worked on, email attachments opened, etc. This information is constantly collected and stored as ‘temporary files’ on the computer. Since these files document your actions, they could give away a lot of information about you to anyone who might have access to your machine, so it may be prudent to delete such traces.

Bleachbit for Windows and Linux, as well as Ccleaner can destroy temporary files.

Using your browser in Incognito mode on Chrome or Firefox will prevent the recording of your browsing history and the download of cache to the computer. It will also disable cookie collection for that session and help prevent profiling. Additional browser settings on Firefox and Chrome will help you better control your data.

If you want to be fairly sure that anyone getting hold of your machine will not be able to learn about what you’ve been up to, it is always advisable to encrypt your hard disk, and you can also consider using Tails, a live operating system that leaves no traces on the computer you are using (unless you ask it to do so).


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