This guide is part of a series about improving online privacy:
- Intro: privacy is a universal right
- Step 1: change your online habits – you are here.
- Step 2: plugins that block and protect
- Step 3: create better passwords
- Step 4: send and receive encrypted email
When protecting your online privacy, no single solution exists. Instead, it's about changing your habits and using certain tools. Below are a few of our recommendations.
Simple ways to reclaim your privacy
Think about and discuss aspects of your own privacy. To help you get started, read about the fundamentals of privacy.
Use a VPN
Choose one that you really trust.
Switch to a privacy-friendly search engine
Many search engines track, save, and share your every search. Find one that keeps your searches to you. We recommend DuckDuckGo.
Browse in “privacy” mode
This helps to prevent cookies and other tracking techniques from being used. We recommend Firefox. Once open, use the shortcut command Ctrl+Shift+P or click on the hamburger menu and choose "New Private Window”.
Close and open a new privacy window frequently. Ideally, open a new window for each site that you visit.
Use a privacy-focused messaging app
Learn how with our WebRTC guide.
Protect against DNS leaks
Learn how with our DNS leaks guide.
Check for https
Especially when dealing with money online, make sure that the end of the URL’s prefix has an 's' – https. This means the service is secured with end-to-end encrypted.
Consider the business model
For the online services you use, consider their business model and how they make their money. In a world of big data, when something is “free”, it’s very likely that you are the product.
Think before you click
Always be careful and mindful about which sites you visit, which attachments you open, and which links you click.
For extra protection, configure your browser to use our SOCKS5 proxy. With this setting, your browser is denied internet access if Mullvad isn't running properly and therefore keeps you from accidentally leaking any information.
Perform a connection check
While connected to Mullvad VPN, use our connection check to get a quick overview of your connection status. Your browser could still be leaking information and therefore jeopardizing your privacy.
Up next: use plugins that block and protect.