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How to block ISP tracking your traffic and data usage

How to block ISP tracking your traffic and data usage

The DNS connection 1.1.1.1 could fix one of the internet's biggest privacy issues.

For the first project, Mozilla and Cloudflare launched a privacy remedy on Monday that uses a new encrypted version of DNS. Both projects do so by upgrading DNS, the internet’s address book, so ISPs cannot easily see what web page users are navigating to, according to Fast Company.

DNS, the domain name system, translates addresses of websites to numerical representations, called IP addresses. Users are automatically connected to an ISP’s own DNS server when they log on to a home router or public hotspot, or when their cell phone connects to the network. In the process, the ISP gets a log of everywhere you go online. Users can, however, plug the IP address of a different DNS server into their computer’s or phone’s operating system.

So Cloudfare launched a new, encrypted DNS at the address 1.1.1.1—available to any internet user—and partnered with Mozilla to support an encrypted connection with the Firefox web browser. By connecting to this DNS, it should leave ISPs in the dark. 

Cloudfare has instructions on its website to walk users through setting up a device to use its DNS server and then setting up an encrypted connection on the Firefox web browser.

Your ISP can see, track and save logs of most of your internet traffic and data usage. They can see your internet searches, emails, websites you have visited, what you did on those websites, how much time you have spent, how much data is received and sent, social media data, etc. If you don’t want your ISP to see all this and protect your privacy, let’s see how we can do it.

 

How to block ISP tracking your traffic and data usage

If you want to block your ISP from tracking your traffic and data usage, these are the ways to do it.

  1. Use a VPN program
  2. Use the Tor browser
  3. Use a Proxy
  4. Visit HTTPS websites only
  5. Change your DNS

 

Prevent ISP from tracking you

 

[1] Use a VPN program

There are a lot of VPN programs that are available on the internet. Subscribe to a reputable VPN and install it on your devices. It routes your internet traffic through a VPN tunnel which makes your ISP hard to track. Even, the VPN gives you protection from hackers and also lets you access geo-blocked websites.

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[2] Use the Tor browser

The Tor browser is famous in news scandals about the dark web. It is also used by millions around the world. It is famously known as Onion routing where it encrypts your data request and anonymizes you on the internet. Your data and traffic are routed through different servers called nodes around the world. The only flipside of the Tor network is, that your internet speeds will be slow and sometimes it takes some minutes to access websites. Also, you will be prompted more to solve Captcha’s on every website while using the Tor browser.

[3] Use a Proxy

Many of the users route their traffic through Proxies. It also gives you protection from ISP tracking. It can also let you access geo-blocked websites as a VPN do. When compared to VPN, the proxies don’t have encryption methods and it will leave your traffic open to attacks, making you vulnerable on the internet.

[4] Visit HTTPS websites only

It is one of the best ways to protect you from ISP tracking and also your privacy on the internet. There are various trustworthy web extensions available for browsers, that make websites load through HTTPS methods. HTTPS doesn’t anonymize you on the internet. Your ISP can still track which website you visit, how much data transfer is occurring, etc. They won’t know what you are doing exactly.

[5] Change your DNS

 

change your dns

 

Your computer is usually configured to use your ISP’s DNS. This means that your ISP can see all your browser requests. Change your DNS to something like 1.1.1.1 (Cloudflare) or 8.8.8.8 (Google).

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