The “vigor” of our digital re-education is going to be safe browsing! Many people browse the Internet every day, with more or less time dedicated to this task.
But this task can bring security breaches and harm our free and happy online existence. But with some care, attention and the help of some extensions to these browsers we can make this care much simpler.
The Riseup collective maintains a page with the first steps to making our browsing safer, guiding us from the choice of browser, to the recommended extensions! Start here!
Another thing to be aware of, when we fill in personal or sensitive information (like a purchase with our credit card online), it is important to observe in the browser, if on the left side of the page address there is a closed padlock, and if the address starts with HTTPS.
HTTPS provides more security than HTTP, but why? Because the servers of the HTTPS site you are accessing can see the data you enter while browsing the site (messages, searches, credit card numbers, login IDs, for example), but this information cannot be read by snoopers while traversing the network.
Pages that reach you through HTTP are vulnerable to snoopers, content injection, cookie theft, login and password theft, targeted censorship, and other problems, so don’t make your data available to sites without HTTPS. And to help us in this task we recommend installing the “HTTPS Everywhere” extension.
There is tension: just because a service uses HTTPS, it does not mean that it necessarily protects the privacy of users accessing the site! It just means that your browsing information will be scrambled (encrypted).
Search the Web! Have you ever had the feeling that ads started appearing in your browser after searching for a product or service? Your problems are over! If you are concerned about the privacy of your data and the commercialization of your affections, we recommend the use of the search engine “duckduckgo“, use it directly in your browser, or install a plugin in your Firefox, and automatically search your Firefox address through duckduckgo. The difference is that this tool promotes anonymous searching, blocks trackers, it has a commitment to the community and it is an open source software <3
In addition to all the above tips, if you want to do anonymized web surfing and searching, we recommend tails, which is a portable operating system that protects you from surveillance and censorship. But if this is your case, we recommend reading and understanding the system thoroughly before you begin using it.