| By Fred Langa |
Some third-party, add-on software promises to increase your security by preventing websites from tracking you across the Web.
But all the current major browsers have enhanced privacy modes available that do the same thing, for free, with just a few clicks.
Thinking about online tracking-prevention tools
Peter Klugherz seeks greater privacy online.
- “I read an article in my local newspaper about online-tracking prevention. The software specifically mentioned was Ghostery, Adblock Plus, and Do Not Track Plus. I would be interested in reading your comments about these products.”
I think those (and similar) products are usually unnecessary, Peter. I suggest you first try the enhanced privacy mode already built into your browser. If that mode provides the anonymity you want — and I think it will — you won’t need any extra software at all.
In Internet Explorer 9, click the Settings gear, and select InPrivate Browsing from the Safety menu (see Figure 1); or select it by pressing Ctrl+Shift+P; or choose it from the New Tab page. Microsoft offers complete instructions on a Help & How-to page. IE also offers separate, always-on Tracking Protection, if you wish it, as described here.
Figure 1. Internet Explorer 9′s InPrivate Browsing is always just a few clicks away, via the Safety menu.