Sitting at home alone, surfing the internet, it's easy to forget how many organizations are watching what you do. Your internet service provider is recording every site you visit, Google is tracking your search history, advertising companies are tracking your browsing history, the government is tracking who knows what.
It isn't just companies. If you have a family or live with a roommate, they might be watching what you do, too. It isn't hard to pull up someone's browsing history.
And if you leave your computer unattended, a snoop can even grab your account passwords stored in your browser. Learn how to manage and lock down your stored browser passwords.
If the last three paragraphs weren't enough to make you think about giving up on the internet for good, then go back and read them again a bit more slowly. It is genuinely scary stuff.
However, you can protect yourself from some of this spying. There's actually a simple trick that makes browsing much safer.