How to make your internet browser safer and more privateSubmitted by matt_ on Sun, 08/25/2013 - 01:15
Fellow DPers, I speant a good bit of time recently learning about how to make my browser as private as possible, and I wanted to share what I learned in a brief overview. Please give feedback here if anything I report is wrong, or if you have better ideas.
1. My choice for best browser for privacy: Firefox. It is open source, works on multiple platforms, has lots of extensions, and can be downloaded here: http://getfirefox.com
2. Install Ghostery add-on to block cookies: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/ghostery/
3. Install BetterPrivacy add-on to block flash cookies: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/betterprivacy/
4. Type "about:config" in the firefox address bar. Search for keyword "google". Double click on each entry that has the word google in it to edit the "value" string. Just delete the value string. By default, google "Safe Browsing" is enabled, this service will block potentially harmful sites, but it also sends address information to google and gives google the power to arbitrarily block access to sites.
5. Install Https everywhere: https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere This will make the browser automatically use an encrypted connection any time one is available.
6. Open Edit>Preferences. Click on Privacy. Under History, select "Use Custom Settings for History" Check the box to Clear History when Firefox closes. Under settings, you can choose what is deleted when firefox is shut down.
7. Open Edit>Preferences again. Click on Security. Uncheck the box that next to "Remember Passwords for Sites". Rather than having firefox remember your passwords, I recommend using another trusted password manager, such as: http://www.keepassx.org/
8. Install and use private search engines:
That is all I can think of now. Hope you find it helpful.