Internet Privacy 4: Javascript

Javascript gives trackers potent tools. Chrome allows you turn off javascipt altogether, but that breaks most of the internet. Chrome does not allow users to turn on Javascript in a granular way, so I use Firefox with the excellent, open source tool called No Script. No Script shows all the scripts that are trying to run (you may be amazed at how many there are), and it allows a user to turn on specific scripts to facilitate functionality without allowing unfettered access to your browser and computer.

Internet Privacy 1: DNS

The Domain Name System, or DNS, is a great way to track users. DNS converts human readable names, like into numbers like

Changing DNS is a little more technical than installing a browser extension, and two services offer an alternative to letting ISPs watch everywhere I surf, OpenDNS and Cloudflare.

Using an alternative DNS often speeds up the internet, as it routes web traffic through their servers rather than V*rizon, C0mcast, or whomever. For some years I have used OpenDNS, but they were bought by C!sco, and their vibe changed, but their service is still good for home users.

On April fools day, Cloudflare announced a new DNS service, which also promised to speed up internet service, so I installed it on the router at my temporary home, and it works great.