How to Hide My Internet Activities on Public WiFi

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How to Hide My Internet Activities on Public WiFi
Some information never leaves your computer. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Privacy on the web is a legitimate concern. When you do your banking online, send personal information via e-mail, and save documents to web servers, you definitely do not want to share surfing history, site passwords or downloads with everyone else using the Wi-Fi network. There are some steps that you can take to minimise risk, but ultimately, some of your Internet history is indelibly etched into your hard drive.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

    Maximising Web-Surfing Privacy

  1. 1

    Use a Web proxy for surfing the Web at a free Wi-Fi location. When using a proxy, all that shows up on the router's history is the proxy site, not the sites the proxy allows you to see. Some popular proxies are go-between.me, cleannsurf.info and vobas.com. Proxy sites open up to resemble a search engine, but the text box in the middle of the Web page is for the URL that you would like to visit from within the proxy site.

  2. 2

    Surf the Web with Firefox instead of Windows Internet Explorer and use its "Private Browsing" feature. It is located in the "Tools" file menu.

  3. 3

    Avoid visiting sites that could injure your reputation or sites in which you leave sensitive or private information. Leave online banking for your personal, secure Wi-Fi, and just use the public Wi-Fi for more light browsing.

Tips and warnings

  • The sites you visit still exist on your computer, even after you delete your history and make every effort to keep everything private. A skilled computer technician could find your browsing history. Only a complete system install will wipe it away.

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