The Spanish Agency for Data Protection (AEPD) has published a guide with basic recommendations and recommendations for advanced users with which to minimize Internet monitoring. According to the Agency, and as it is already known by almost everyone, many pages pursue “profiling to offer advertising tailored to the interests and specific characteristics of each individual, in addition to compiling statistical information on access to web services “.
To this day, as we have said many times in relation to the news that browsers are implementing, user monitoring goes far beyond third-party cookies, which in fact will tend to disappear. The AEPD itself explains that there are other techniques that achieve the same, such as unique advertising identifiers or obtaining the device’s fingerprint (fingerprinting). Let’s see what they recommend to try to avoid tracking.
The basic recommendations
Be up to date with the analyzes that are published on the browsers, as they are key in privacy.
Don’t install unnecessary apps in the browser minimizes risks.
Keep the browser updated, as lately they are getting a lot of privacy and anti-tracking features.
Activate anti-tracking / tracking protection if the browser has the function, at the highest level they have. Activate “Do not track”, although in Genbeta we have already discussed that it is worth little.
Block third party cookies, or at least, block them when browsing in private mode.
Use two browsers, one with a more restrictive configuration and the other with a more permissive one, in case the first one causes problems with a website.
Add exceptions in places that require greater access to data, but being aware that more personal information is exposed.
Configure the browser so that when it closes the cookies are deleted. Or delete them manually from time to time.
Avoid as much as possible logging into the browser, identifying you with a user, or at least, prevents the session from being kept open indefinitely.
Install anti-tracking extensions if the browser you use does not have functions advanced privacy.
Configure device options so that the advertising identifier is not used to create profiles or show ads. It is also useful to change the security identifier from time to time, on devices that allow it.
Review and configure customization options, profiles and advertising of those applications, services and social networks.
Recommendations for advanced users
Set up a DNS query blocker like PiHole on the home network.
Browse through a VPN or TOR, with care, because with misuse can pose privacy and security risks.
Browse virtual machines where only an Internet browser is included.
Use operating systems like Tails or QubesOS, focused on preserving privacy and anonymity.
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