In the course of writing my book, Dragnet Nation, I tried various strategies to protect my privacy. In this series of book excerpts and adaptations, I distill the lessons from my privacy experiments into tips for readers.
One of the easiest things you can do to protect your privacy is to be a smarter Web browser. I tested software to find the best ways to avoid being tracked.
The most common password is 12345. I found tools to create passwords that are both secure and easy to remember.
I identified over 200 data brokers that track your information, and the steps required to remove yourself from their databases.
Children face intensive tracking online. I used various online tools to teach my kids about protecting their privacy on the Web.
I decided I needed to go on a Google Diet–and I started by quitting Google Search. I began using tiny search engine called DuckDuckGo that has a zero-data-retention policy