Avira Scout browser, which takes a double-barreled approach, combining the Privacy Badger from Electronic Frontier Foundation with Avira Browser Safety (ABS) to identify and block trackers.
Superbowl LI is over and you probably don’t want to see any more ads about walls and beer. Malvertising – malicious, false, data-stealing advertisements – is a fact of the internet. The recent debacle where Google served British government ads alongside some alt-right sites is a clear example that the online advertisement market is not under control.
One way around this swamp is to have an ad blocker, shutting out those potentially irritating ads before they can reach your monitor.
But, the spread of adblockers also comes as publications are under increased financial pressure. Moving beyond the binary choice of yes or no for ads, many ad blockers allow users put some whitelist ads from some sites. A second option is to use a second browser only for the sites which cut you out if you don’t want to see their ads.
As IoT devices become commonplace, whether a connected doll or a security camera, home privacy became a tricky concept. Then came the holiday flood of voice-triggered virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and you wonder if privacy is just a historical holdover from the past. Before buying any more IoT devices, take two precautionary steps. First, do a web search for the potential device and see what security experts have reported about the device. At the top of my list is Krebsonsecurity.com, as the site pulls in a wealth of informed content from throughout the security industry. Second, when it comes to Alexa, try adding a PIN code to prevent accidental dollhouse purchases.
What do you do to ensure your online privacy and security?