Freeware Friday: Stop tracking in its tracks

Use these tools to stop your browsing activity from being tracked.

Searching on a popular search engine nowadays does not guarantee an anonymous state. When you click on a search result, your computer automatically sends information such as search terms, IP addresses, and the date and time that you landed on a site. But when this information is paired with additional account information, your odds of being uniquely identifiable increase tremendously.

For this week's Freeware Friday, check out some of our favorite tools to boost the privacy of your online experience and reduce leakage of sensitive information.

Disconnect (Firefox, Chrome)
Disconnect is a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that stops tracking from sites like Google, Facebook, and Twitter. It aims to reduce the clutter and tracking that slows down your browsing experience and take control of your shared data.

BetterPrivacy (Firefox)
BetterPrivacy is a Firefox extension that prevents Flash cookies from being stored in system folders. Once installed, BetterPrivacy will sweep out all Flash cookies stored on your system after exiting the browser.

NoScript (Firefox)
NoScript for Firefox is another extension that prevents JavaScript, Java, and other plug-ins from being automatically executed without approval. This extension is packed with many security features and is a must-have for Firefox users.

HTTPS Everywhere (Firefox, Chrome)
HTTPS Everywhere is exactly just that: it enables HTTPS to all the sites you visit, even for unencrypted sites. HTTPS Everywhere is available for Firefox and Chrome.

Tor Browser (Windows)
The Tor Browser bundle allows you to anonymously browse the Web through a virtual network of encrypted tunnels. Use this only if you want the most bare-bones experience of browsing the Web or be as untraceable as you can.

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