What Your Mobile Web Browsing History Reveals About You
Your web browsing history reveals a lot more about you than you may realize. Find out who can use this information — and what you can do about it.
When it comes to the Internet, nothing is really private. Internet service providers and various companies are tracking your every move, usually to learn your habits and interests for creating targeted advertisements. But hackers may also be studying your every move and learning your interests so that they can more effectively scam you or hack your online accounts. Use the Anti-Hacking feature to protect yourself from malicious websites:
Your Web Browsing History Says A Lot About You
An Internet service provider, company, or hacker doesn’t have to stalk your social networking accounts to learn a lot about you (although that can help). All they have to do is look at your web browsing history and track your online behavior. You’re not better off using Incognito mode, either. This mode only stops your web browsing history from being recorded; it doesn’t stop websites or others from tracking you. Your mobile browsing history may know more about you than your friends or family do, which means that this can be dangerous information for a hacker to have.
Despite this lack of online privacy, we trust the Internet. We ask it everything, and use it for just about everything. Your web browsing history may reveal: your current health status or concerns; where you shop and what you eat; which websites you visit frequently; your political views; whether or not you’re looking for a new job, or if you like your job; if you’re single, or if you’re in a happy or miserable relationship; where you live, where you travel to, and where you want to go; your level of education; and your hobbies, such as reading, watching Netflix, and beyond.
How Private Should Your Web Browsing Habits Be?
This is currently a topic of much debate, as the U.S. Congress recently voted on rolling back Internet privacy protections, which means that Internet service providers will be able to easily sell your web browsing history. This information will likely be used for marketing purposes, but in theory, it could extend beyond that. The best way to protect your mobile web browsing history from prying eyes is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) app. A VPN will encrypt your online traffic and location so that no one can track your online behavior.