Yes, Big Brother watches your web activity. Either live with it or affix your most styling tinfoil hat. Sometimes I make it easy on them (Dear Internet, I like football. Sincerely, Will). Sometimes they work for it.
So ask yourself
What web browser respects my privacy and does not track me?
Do you control over your privacy? This is the Internet, not prison, right? Today, we play around with the non-tracking web browser: Firefox Mozilla.
A product of “the Most Trusted Internet Company”, Firefox (not Star Fox) respects your privacy. They refuse to track you or share your information, and provide their own free software bloodhound Lightbeam. Lightbeam will point out who watches you when you visit a third party-website. Here’s an example: you need new shoes. Go to a website that sells shoes. You look at a variety of price points, colors, brands, etc. Your “clicks” might wind up with a company that sells the shoes, as well as dozens of marketing firms. Remember the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy mantra: Don’t panic. Tracking happens, and years of data about you exists. Choose to do something about it.
Mozilla’s 16 years of work supports over 400 million users, provides online service, provides online updates, installs anti-tracking software, and rocks a five-star editors’ rating / four-star users rating on some websites. There is even an Easter Egg hidden called The Book of Mozilla that is pretty funny and takes jabs at its competition. Operating systems for smart phones exists, but that’s a different blog day. Feel free to look at it and let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Now we ask ourselves
What search engine does not track me?
To hunt for free business software, we need an Internet pet to “go fetch” our applications. Our spirit animal manifests in a…duck. Duckduckgo.com started like most good ideas: by people working in a basement. In 2008, it hit the web very under-the-radar and spawned a community that helps keep your information private. With over 5 million daily searches, Popeye abides.
It is straight-forward, not swamped with ads or excess images, and provides great information.
Next, we use our new metal detectors to find our first bit of beach gold: a word processor.