We are familiar now with the fact that ISPs have been empowered to track down our online activities and thus gain insight into our daily lives. This freedom was given to the ISPs after President Trump signed on the anti-privacy bill that repealed the Internet privacy rules set by the FCC. The ISPs are not just allowed to track us, but they can also sell our information and make dollars out of it. In consideration of such security and privacy concerns, a burning issue of how to prevent ISP tracking has started surfacing.
How to Prevent ISP from Tracking Your Online Activities?
Without further ado, we would like to introduce you the methods which we consider are effective to prevent ISP from tracking your online activities:
Use a Virtual Private Network – VPN
A Virtual Private Network – VPN – serves as the best tool securing your online privacy. This is the most trustworthy tool that you can use to prevent ISP tracking. It coats your IP address to give a tough fight against ISPs and third-party advertisers so that they are unable to track you on the web. A VPN encrypts your Internet traffic with 256-bit AES encryption algorithm that takes 1 billion years to break using brute force. These two actions of a VPN help you hide browser history and inclusive Internet traffic.
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- They are outside the jurisdiction of FIVE EYES member countries, thus they strictly follow No Log policy.
- They hide browser history and other Internet activities efficiently.
- They encrypt your Internet traffic with 256-bit AES encryption and OpenVPN security protocol.
- Security features like Split Tunnel (PureVPN) and Tor-over-VPN (NordVPN) are offered.
- They provide a wide variety of servers to choose from.
Many Netizens often ask if ISP can track VPN service? Well, your ISP can see that you have setup a VPN connection but it is unable to track down your web traffic as it has been encrypted.
Use TOR Network
Tor Browser is a volunteer service that enhances security on the Internet. It bounces your Internet traffic through different nodes and thus gives a hard time to ISP from tracking your online activities. It offers both anonymity and privacy and prevents ISP tracking. You can connect to Tor network via the Tor browser that not just work like other browsers but also adds security to your browsing activities.
The anonymity and privacy Tor offers is only confined to the Tor browser and the rest of Internet traffic is still subjected to danger. A VPN service can also be run in the background of Tor services that turns the security brassbound. Or if you want to use Tor without the Tor browser, then you can go for NordVPN that provides Tor-over-VPN feature to ultimately hide online activities, the rest of Internet traffic, and the browsing history as well.
While talking about Tor, Marty P. Kamden of NordVPN said to BeEncrypted, “We understand the power of decentralized structure and the anonymity that TOR provides. NordVPN offers a unique solution Onion (Tor) over VPN that encrypts user Internet traffic before entering TOR network, ensuring additional privacy.”
The only drawback of using Tor browser is that it can make its user really frustrating at times due to its slow performance as the traffic needs to be bounced on several nodes to ensure anonymity.
Use HTTPs Everywhere Browser Extension
HTTPS is abbreviated for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPs Everywhere browser extension prevents ISP tracking by avoiding the disclosure of your online activities.
The websites using HTTPs Everywhere browser extension, usually protect you from censorship and different kinds of surveillance by encrypting the contents of the site and hence making it difficult to gain insight into your online activities.
Similar to HTTPS Everywhere browser extension, there exist different browser extensions like Ghostery and AdBlock as well, that are helpful to prevent ISP tracking by covering the digital trail that you leave behind after your online activities.
However, modern browsers and web server use a Transport Layer Security – TLS – Handshake in order to establish encrypted communications. The process requires that the server proves to the browser that it is the claimed party and then they both establish an algorithm or a key that is needed for encrypting the discussion. However, the early parts of the handshake process are not encrypted hence ISPs and/or any third parties can see the server name that a browser is connecting to.
Avoid Insecure Public Wi-Fi’s
Now that you are familiar with the ISP tracking, you need to be extra cautious while using public Wi-Fi networks be it as cafes, airports, libraries, malls, or any other place. Netizens using public Wi-Fi are more prone to ISP tracking than those using secure connections.
Public Wi-Fi’s can also get you hacked really easily. Therefore, to prevent ISP tracking and becoming a victim of hacking attack one should remain vigilant against such threats.
Do Not Check-In or Tag Your Location
Checkin-in and/or tagging our location may seem joyous, but it is groundless to remind you that your location is being tracked by your ISP! Your location can reveal a lot of private information to marketing firms. So it is best to avoid tagging everywhere you go particularly when you are 100% sure that the ISP is constantly watching you.
One thing is certain that whatever angle you set to see the positive side of the anti-privacy bill, you won’t be able to find a single a single good thing coming out of it. The rules set by FCC were to protect Netizens from tracking and surveillance but after their violation, ISPs are free to track their online activities and share (SELL!) user information. In such a time of crisis, subscribing to VPN services or using HTTPS browser extensions seem to be the immediate solution to prevent ISP tracking your online activties.