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Privacy advocates say most Americans do not know they are being tracked. That is why, these experts argue, new laws and policies should be adopted to limit data collection, increase transparency and protect everyone’s privacy. Otherwise, some people will take steps to protect themselves and others won’t.

“Do we really want a cadre of people who protect themselves, a privacy elite? What does that make everyone else, easy pickings?” said Frank Pasquale, a professor at Seton Hall School of Law who is writing a book on technology called “The Black Box Society.” “I think self-help is a complete myth. There is no good self-defense.”

The only real way to avoid data profiling would be to go off the grid. No Internet. No mobile phones. No credit cards. Basically, none of the conveniences and connectivity of modern life. That isn’t an option for most of us. But there are ways to minimize our digital footprints and at least nominally impede government or commercial surveillance. Here are a few of them:

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I know most of the regulars around here are aware of the advice in this article already. But I think it is a good place for the average user to start.
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Also for browsing (not for video though) TOR is great. It will set you up with a random IP (I use it for all my newsreading/link opening/browsing. Especially since each time i restart it I get a new ip and a reset on paywalls for certain newspapers).

Also, ixquick for search instead of google. and bing. and one browser for my work email and facebook, one browser for my primary email, and two more browsers for browsing and email.

Not super paranoid, but don't feel the need to share my personal information biggrin.gif.
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