- Avoid your ISP through proxy. Tired of your Service provider snooping what you are doing? If you don't know what I'm talking about, your ISP (internet service provider) is Comcast, Qwest, etc. If a company is providing your internet, they basically have the ability to look at anything that you are doing online. If you don't like their eyes, you can search online for High Speed proxy. What a proxy service does is provides a secure gateway that goes through your ISP to another address and behaves as though you are originating from there. Yes, who you use as your proxy service can then see what you are up to, but it's not your ISP.
- Mostly they just want your money - Remember, they are tracking you so they can get your money. That's not all bad. As capitalist consumers, we have an innate sense of ads and what they mean. From gradeschool, we are taught how media advertisements manipulate us into favoring one product over another. The internet plays no small role in this now. Before you put your luddite hat on and leave the interwebs forever think of this. Never before has advertising had the power to focus only on things you want. I don't mind that at all...usually.
- Your friends friends are thieves - Social media time again. This has to do with your vacations. When you are going out of town or just across town to an event. People have a natural tendency to post what they are doing on line so their friends can see what they are up to. Well, if your friends can see it, it's likely that their friends can see it. Your friends picked you as one of their friends. That's because they have good taste. Those other people your friends have as friends? They are at best hangers on looking for some kind of connection to humanity, at worst they are con artists looking to take advantage of all of your friends friends. That means you. They see that you are out for a grand night out, they understand that you are probably not going to have anyone in the house for the next 3 hours or so. That's more than enough time to take the best stuff out of your house. So, if you have homeowners insurance, right now, before you do much else, take that fancy cellphone and video your various rooms in your house and catalog some of your more irreplaceable treasures. Do that every so often and you will be prepared to make an accurate claim when insurance is paying you off.
Well, there it is. My internet rules and advice.