This Blog includes information on the Firefox Internet Browser and some add-ons to increase your privacy online. Many of these features show as a discreet button on your browser. I link to older versions as they were working fine before all that corporatism stuff was included.
A Working Browser Version.
If you are unlucky enough to be using Windows Vista, you will find that Firefox 3.0.10 works fine. For Windows 7, Firefox 4 is a nice fast browser that will host a good range of Add-ons.
A Private Search Engine.
Startpage, a smaller version of Ixquick is a secure search engine that does not share your IP (an internet code corresponding to your physical location). Ixquick can also be added to your Search Bar.
To access certain websites which may be blocked in your country (such as The Pirate Bay from Ireland's Eircom), you can temporarily change your IP address. The best IP changer add-on I have found is Stealthy, which can be activated and deactivated with a single click.
A good add-on for displaying your current IP is ShowMyIP.
To get a hosting report about whichever page you are on, try using IPfingerprints.
Almost every site you visit includes trackers to monitor your browsing habits. A good blocker that works well is Ghostery. When you install it, you will need to update the tracker list and select and block all but the ones you want (eg. wordpress stats) using the Options menu.
There is an add-on called Adblock, which is quite good, and customizable to your specific needs. It will remove annoying and flashing Ads from your screen.
Computer viruses are malicious applications, and are spread through opening files from untrustworthy sources, people who's computers have been infected, from unsolicited emails or hacked websites. Your computer can be protected by using an Antivirus, and often using more than one in combination. A few good (free) ones are AVG, Avast 6 and older, Avira, etc. You will need to update the virus list before you run a full scan.
There should be no need to "upgrade the program" when prompted, just run it as usual. Anti-Virus companies are always trying to get people to buy their latest product, and many of them actually write the viruses themselves.
The best software for removing Data Mining Software, Dialers, Spyware and other Invasive Commercial Software is Malwarebytes. Once installed, you will need to update the virus list and run a full computer scan.
There is a need for secure browsing, as many popular and "trusted" web services are run by One World Order organizations with links to the NSA, Department Of Defense, the Illuminati's Information Awareness Agency, DARPA and the CIA... services such as Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Bebo, Skype, Microsoft, etc., where every piece of information and click you make is recorded.
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