Protecting your online privacy might seem like an arms' race with those who want to violate it, but there are some things that you can do to gain more control over who sees what you do online. In our free research classes for the community, the Jefferson College Library was an early advocate for the use of DuckDuckGo, a search engine that neither collects nor stores your search history. And with the increased attention to privacy and the internet, DuckDuckGo has become a more popular resource across the country, read about their commitment to your privacy.
Additionally, just by using library resources for research you are adding a degree of privacy and confidentiality to your searches. Because we pay for the content in the databases, you don't have to pay with your privacy. While we can see how often the databases are used, we can't see who uses them. And, there is a degree of credibility that comes with our sources that you can't always be sure of with freely available information. This is very important when you are doing research on topics like health and medicine.
Take a few moments to look at these basic tips for improving your online privacy. Look at your social media's privacy settings and policies, investigate add-ons like Firefox's Do Not Track protection to limit how much of your online behavior can be tracked by corporations. Begin to take charge of some of the content that you have out there. And, help your friends and family members to do the same.
A simple practice you can use to improve you online privacy is to regularly clean out your browsing history, cookies, cache, and other saved information. Also, you can you the incognito or private search options on your browser.