There are a lot of reasons why we might want to keep our internet traffic private. It could be to hide browsing tracks on the web, to ensure personal information remains safe from the reach of hackers. Other might want to keep their online activities hidden from the government, internet service providers (ISP) or even add tracking networks.
Whatever reason you might have to keep your internet traffic secure, it might interest you to know that it’s a very easy process. In this article, we’ll discuss a few handy and easy-to-obtain virtual tools you can use to keep your internet traffic private.
Using a VPN
Virtual Private Network is arguably the best option to keep your internet traffic private. VPN encrypts all the traffic between the client and the server, it can encrypt communication, making it difficult monitor your online travels-they can’t tell what websites and other services you’ve accessed, crack communication or identify the user. With VPN encryption, hackers would be unable to steal financial log in details, credit card details, etc.
Apart from its encryption capabilities, a VPN also allows you to access contents that might not be available in your location. This can include websites, audio, video and gaming contents.
Tor (The onion router) is a specially designed private internet browser that routes traffic while encrypting the user’s IP address. The Tor network disguises your identity by moving your traffic across different Tor servers and encrypting the traffic so it is impossible to trace back to you. With the Tor browser, your ISP does not know which website you are accessing because it goes to some random node first, encrypt it before sending it to the website you want to access and also does not know what you are doing on a website because data is encrypted.
Note: Because your data goes through a lot of relays, you will definitely experience a slower and sluggish internet, unlike when you use a normal browser.
Using proxy server
A proxy server is a software running on a computer that acts as an intermediary between a device (computer), and another server from which a user is seeking service. Internet traffic flows through the proxy server, and then to the address a user requests.
Although a user’s traffic is not encrypted, the traffic cannot be attributed to a user as the proxies use their IP addresses rather than that of the user.