How to stay secure and somewhat anonymous online.

First, use an Internet gateway security appliance like the Kibosh Router, or any router that you can enable the  Kibosh Filtering Service (KFS).  The KFS will block your computer from communicating with known malware, poxy and phishing sites, and provides effective adult content filtering solution that will protect every device on your network.

Currently only the Kibosh Router has this, but coming soon the KFS will be available as a plug-in in Gargoyle Router’s open source firmware (a DIY solution, available to anyone around the world), and then popular SOHO routers.

With the Kibosh Router you get enterprise grade Internet security, i.e. we use the same technology that fortune 500 companies use to protect their users:

In addition to the Internet security the Kibosh Router gives you proprietary content filtering for a very safe overall Internet experience:

  • SafeSearch enforcement
  • Objectionable websites blocked
  • Objectionable search terms blocked
  • Ability to set Internet time controls
  • Ability to block / allow access to certain websites

Second, use a local antivirus solution:

Third, Windows only – use Winpatrol (free) to protect your startup directory, and help block browser drive-by downloads which antivirus doesn’t do very well for some reason.

Fourth – use FireFox:

  • Firefox is fast, reliable, open source and respects your privacy. If you have any concerns about online privacy you should be using FireFox (and enable do-not-track).
  • What about Chrome? Google’s products are built around tracking and gathering information about you so Google can serve you ads. Zero anonymity here, but it’s a great browser.
  • What about Internet Explorer? Surfing the Internet with IE in it’s current form you are almost guaranteed to get pwned. Internet Explorer should only be used for corporate Intranets.

Fifth– use an ad-blocker in your browser.

Sixth – use a password manager. With a password manager you don’t need to know (or write down) the more complex passwords you should be using on sites you bank on for example.