Infographic: How to keep your emails, browsing, and other Internet usage private

Use these tools and services to keep your data safe from the prying eyes of Big Brother or others

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With more troubling news each day regarding the lack of online privacy and the US government spying on citizens, you might be wondering what you can do to keep your online usage private. Here's an infographic with nine tips to help.

Provided by Who Is Hosting This, the tips cover everything from search engines that promise not to track search histories to extreme measures like ditching your smartphone. (That's not feasible or necessary for most of us, but the other tips are a good reminder of security basics: Encrypt your files, use a VPN, use Tor for anonymous browsing, and watch out when using WiFi hotspots.)

Of course, there's no guarantee privacy-centric service providers won't give your data to the government if requested--or be forced to shut down, as Snowden's email service, Lavabit, had to. The graphic below notes these services' policies, though.

Here's the full infographic:

 

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