Thanks to a recent vote by the Senate and the House of Representatives, our internet privacy may be in grave danger. The new rule would roll back privacy protections for consumers that were put into place last year and allow internet service providers (ISPs) to collect and sell users鈥 data without permission.

The bill was聽presented to the president聽last week, and it鈥檚 expected to pass. Naturally, people are freaking out right about now; the thought of third parties buying your info is beyond creepy. Here鈥檚 what you can do to protect yourself.

Get a VPN

The first thing you should do is make it as difficult as possible for anyone looking to get your info to do so. Incognito mode on your browser isn鈥檛 gonna cut it, either 鈥 the only thing that does is keep what you search out of your computer鈥檚 local history. Your ISP can still see it, so you鈥檒l need a little something more. You can start out with a virtual private network (VPN). VPNs encrypt your internet traffic and decrypt it when you get to your destination, so it鈥檚 much harder for anyone to snoop on what you鈥檙e doing.

VPNs are available for all your devices, so we recommend getting one ASAP. PCMag鈥榮 favorites for your computer are NordVPN, Private Internet Access, and VPN Unlimited. NordVPN and Private Internet Access also have mobile apps, so you鈥檙e covered there too. Just so you know, you should switch off your VPN when you try to use Netflix, because they鈥檒l block you if they detect you鈥檙e using a VPN. And any websites you log in to can see what you鈥檙e doing on their site (although clothing and other retailers aren鈥檛 really as likely to sell your info like your ISP would).

Get Encrypted

If you want to protect your messaging activity, check out Hop for encrypted emails and Signal for encrypted texts. Nobody needs to know what you were texting your mom or your partner yesterday.

Another thing you should encrypt is your financial information. You probably know that PayPal acts as a middleman so that you aren鈥檛 sharing your bank info with third parties, but sometimes sites don鈥檛 accept PayPal as a method of payment. In those cases, you should use an app like Privacy to create virtual credit cards (essentially, burner cards) that you can use anywhere that asks for a credit card number. You can set limits on the cards and close them whenever you need to. There鈥檚 no reason anyone should have your financial data, so protect it!

Get Comfy With Tor

Your ISP isn鈥檛 the only one who tracks your internet usage; your browser (Chrome, Safari, etc.) does too. So if you聽don鈥檛 like that idea, get comfy with Tor. Tor 鈥減revents somebody watching your internet connection from learning what sites you visit; it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked.鈥 Sounds handy, right? It is. And it鈥檚 also available on mobile (iOS聽and Android). Double up Tor and a VPN for max protection.

Use Common Sense

This one is probably a no-brainer, but we鈥檒l say it anyway. Trust your gut. Only visit sites you trust, and聽especially only give your info to sites you trust. Try to only visit sites with HTTPS in the URL, and whenever you enter payment information, it鈥檚 a good idea to check for the little green lock icon in the address聽bar.

If you follow these guidelines and keep ALL your info on a need-to-know basis, you should be reasonably safe and secure. Of course, none of these steps guarantee that nobody will ever see your info, but they will make it a lot harder for the people trying.

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