Yes, I like dynamic IP addresses and Network Address Translation because they help to protect my privacy. Google offers great online services, no doubt about it, but I am not willing to give up my privacy for them. Without some countermeasures though, it's difficult to keep Internet companies from collecting data without my consent even though I only use a single online service from Google. So here's a list of things I have put in place to stay as anonymous as possible when surfing the net:
- Whenever I connect to a 3G network I get a new IP address. Good, so I can't be followed via my IP address indefinitely.
- My DSL line is automatically interrupted and reconnected once a day and I get a new IP address each time. Same effect as above.
- I allow cookies in the browser but they are deleted as soon as I close the browser. To me that looks like a good compromise between functionality and privacy as my track runs cold as soon as I close the browser.
- For a few selected sites I've configured permanent cookies. Google is not among them...
- I deactivated Flash Cookies in the Macromedia configuration web page.
- On my mobile devices I use Opera Mini. There's a compressions server in the network that can follow me around and I assume they could follow my browing history. Not so nice from a privacy point of view, but at least it's not big G...
- As I use Google Reader on the mobile there's a cookie set by Google which probably allows them to track my searches as well. So I use Bing for searching on the mobile.