Your ISP’s track all your web activity, they do not store the data you browse but they keep track of your URL’s, web history, IP’s and app usage. They store this data for tracking performance, calculating user data and for security reasons. Let us learn in detail
Does Google Track you Browsing ?
Yes, Google keeps note on What you browse ? How often you visit a particular website ? Google actually stores cookies in the device hard drive, this cookies help in identifying the user and his behaviour. It takes note of this cookies and shows the user target based ads. You can prevent Google from tracking you by using any secure search engine like DuckDuckGo.
Do Incognito Browsing help ?
Many people have this question, ‘whether Incognito window in their browser help from stopping the ISP to know what they are doing on the internet ?’. The is answer is NO, your activity in incognito tabs don’t appear in your browser’s history, cookies or search history but your Internet Service Provider can still track your web activity.
What Information is sent to ISP ?
As I mentioned earlier only URL’s and IP address is taken up by ISP for storing data. They do have any information on what you do on a website. Actually, whatever you do in HTTP is practically visible to everybody and is less secure but what you do in HTTPS is encrypted and more secure but ISP can still know the URL. Your passwords and other confidential information are secure from service provider in HTTPS. Presently all search engines are using https// for online security.
How to stop ISP from knowing what you browse ?
Here are some tools and methods to block your provider from knowing your browse and its history –
Use TOR (The Onion Router) for Hiding your Web Activity
TOR browsers are generally used for searching the deep web and dark web. Tor encrypts and hides your https web activities by using a number of different anonymous connected TOR web servers thus not leaving even a trace of your web activity. The ISP cannot look into TOR browser but they can know your data usage.
TOR is not 100% secure but is still very safe for web browsing. Your ISP can know the traffic from TOR browser and may block your internet connection as it could be against its policies. TOR servers are very slow. Do not use Google search in TOR as it stores user data go for any other search engine like DuckDuckGo which directly uses HTTPS encrypts to show the result.
Use VPN (Virtual Private Network) for Hiding your Browsing activity
VPN’s are best tools to block your ISP from knowing your online activity. VPN hides your data by sending your web traffic to another secure location. It forms a secure tunnel to provide end-to-end protection. Therefore, your ISP will not know what you’re up to.
The problem here is even though your information is not sent to ISP’s but the VPN servers can know what you are browsing so if you need full proof protection go for TOR browser instead.
There are many VPN apps on Google Play Store and many online VPN tools for PC. VPN is best the tool for protecting of your Download and search history from ISP. VPN requires no complicated setup, are stable and more reliable.
Use Opera Browser with Server Side Compression
It is very simple and doesn’t require any special set up, just download Opera browser for Android and enable offroad mode. Server compression creates an encrypted proxy and acts like VPN server creating a secure tunnel, hence stopping ISP from activity knowledge.
For desktop, you can download Opera browser Beta version and turn on turbo mode for ISP protection.
Use Encrypted Proxy Servers to stop ISP from knowing your activity
There are many online services which provide secure encrypted proxy server especially if you are using a Wi-Fi network. One such tool is Privoxy which also provides advanced privacy features. These services create a secure channel fooling the ISP’s and giving you anonymity.
Note & Conclusion: I hope the post gave you a clear idea on protecting your traffic data from being notified to ISP. Do comment below for any assiatnce assistance. If you have any suggestions or methods to privacy feel free to share with us. This post is for information purpose only we do not endorse any of the products or services listed above. Thank You !