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Online Privacy Rights and How to Browse the Internet Anonymously

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[this post is from Ben Wiper, a Nerd in Nova Scotia, Canada]
If you’ve been following the news lately, you have no doubt read about the ongoing legislative battles between internet users’ rights to privacy and protecting intellectual property being waged in Canada, USA, and other countries across the world.
Some of the recent attempts to diminish online privacy will affect you directly if passed. If these bills become law, many online activities that many of us take for granted will suddenly become illegal and you may not even be aware of it.
SOPA   PIPA   ACTA   Bill C-30 (Each link goes to corresponding Wikipedia page)
One side effect of a number of these bills – if they become law, is that you or your business can be held  liable for the content transmitted over your network.  For example, if you have a wireless network without a password and somebody uses it to share music illegally or to visit questionable websites, you or your business could potentially be liable for that act.  One way to guard effectively against unwanted traffic and content on your network is to use Content Filtering by OpenDNS.
OpenDNS allows you to filter up to 26 individual categories of web site content including alcohol, drugs,  pornography, social media and more.  The great part is that you can create a bypass code that allows people at your home or office to bypass the filter.  For example, you may filter out social media sites, but want to visit Twitter yourself.  Using your username and password, you can access blocked sites on an individual basis.
Anonymous Browsing
If you are concerned about your online privacy, Nerds can implement many solutions to allow you to surf the internet anonymously, and reduce the risks of being tracked by various websites. We can assist you in protecting your right to privacy and security online.
Do Not Track Plus
DNT+ is a free plugin for modern browsers.  It finds and blocks websites from leaking your information to partner sites, with Facebook being one of the biggest violators.  In less than 4 hours I had 117 DNT+ blocks for leaks of my browsing habits to Facebook.  Please note that websites may load a little slower when using DNT+, particularly those that “leak” a lot of your online activity, like Facebook.
Private Browsing
Most modern browsers support “In-Private” browsing which provides a decent level of privacy however you will probably have a number of your favourite web sites that either don’t work properly, or don’t load at all.  For more details: Internet Explorer Firefox Chrome Safari
What tools do you use to protect your privacy online or to browse the internet anonymously? We encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments, or send us a message on our Nerds On Site Facebook fan page or our Nerds On Site Twitter!

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