Israel’s Legislation Has Me Changing My Internet Habits

Israel’s legislators are changing the way that we access the Internet, and whether or not you agree with the changes, they’re going to make staying anonymous online more difficult. MK Miki Zohar has urged the passing of a bill that would require a code to access pornographic websites.

Internet service providers would, by default, begin blocking these sites under the proposed changes.

But opponents to such bills suggest that the measure is just an attempt to shame parents. Parents would only need to enter in a code once to view a website, and then everyone in the home would be able to view the content.

Going a step further, there is also the potential revival of the Facebook bill, which would allow for authorities to take down any content that is seen as “potentially” criminal on Facebook. The boundaries of privacy and freedom on the Internet are being greatly tested as a result of these proposed bills.

A wave of new legislation may start to diminish Internet freedoms.

It’s up to you to start protecting your privacy and anonymity online. But how can you start increasing your privacy during these questionable times?

VPNs Offer Immediate Protection

If you want to become anonymous online, you need to find a way to hide your IP address, or the address that you use to communicate with the Internet. The same method that is used in anonymous torrenting can be used: virtual private networks.

These paid options allow you to mask your IP address, obtaining a virtual IP address that helps anonymize your location.

You’ll “look” like you’re browsing from another country, and this can be used to circumvent any country locks that websites may have on their site.

Change the Way You Browse

Many of your browsing habits are bad, and it’s these habits that are leaking out your information. You’ll want to use a different email address, ideally one created while using a VPN, when signing up for websites.

This will keep your browsing private from your daily email usage.

And you’ll also want to stop using Google and other search engines that are known to infringe on your privacy. DuckDuckGo is a great option because it’s a private search engine that doesn’t include tracking codes and cookies like other companies. Logs are also not kept, so DuckDuckGo is much safer.

Take More Drastic Measures

These measures may be overkill, but you have the following additional options to further increase your online privacy:

  • Use the Tor browser
  • Install Tails, an operating system that is built on privacy and security, gaining the attention of security agencies because it’s so effective
  • Remove all of the plug-ins and add-ons you’ve installed
  • Stop using identifying credit cards for online payments

You also have the option of blocking JavaScript to ensure that privacy leaks don’t occur, but you’ll also find that this may alter the appearance and functionality of websites. NoScript and ScriptSafe are two add-ons or plug-ins that have been designed to block JavaScript and make browsing safer as a result.

Taking security and privacy measures now may be able to help you stay anonymous online during these questionable times in Israel’s Internet community.

About the Author
 Jacob Maslow is passionate about writing and has started numerous blogs and news sites. Jacob is originally from Brooklyn. He packed up his five children and made Aliyah in 2014. Jacob's experience and varied interests lend themselves to a diverse palette of topics ranging from technology, marketing, politics, social media, ethics, current affairs, family matters and more. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys being an active member of social media including groups on Facebook and taking in the latest movies. 
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