How to Digitally Hide (Somewhat) in Plain Sight

"Searching illustrates the very nature of our lives online," says Lillie Coney of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. If AOL's recent mishap with user search requests has you worried about who may be keeping track of your own Internet trail, you are probably not alone.

“The key is breaking that trail,” said Lance Cottrell, the president and chief scientist of Anonymizer, a company that makes a program called Anonymous Surfing that shields a user’s identity on the Web.

Web sites use two main tools to identify a user: Internet Protocol (I.P.) addresses and browser cookies. The I.P. address is a unique number assigned to your computer when it is connected to the Internet, while cookies are small text strings sent to a Web browser and stored in a file on the computer’s hard drive that can help identify the person visiting a site. How to Digitally Hide (Somewhat) in Plain Sight - New York Times

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