Until a hacker sneaks into your computer to read your banking data and passwords, there is very little data your ISP can collect. It is made possible by some privacy laws.
However, a third party collecting your information about the online habits before using these to help place you in a particular area for marketing can disturb anyone.
Have you ever wondered what exactly can be seen by your ISP?
Well, a few factors are responsible for this – an IP address assigned automatically to you by the ISP while signing up for the service and the type of data you wish to share online.
For instance, you are one of those cautious people who stay away from sharing any secret data online (however this is extremely difficult to accomplish these days). So in such a case, the most commonly available information an ISP can collect based on the active IP address involves the following:
· URLs visited online
· Most frequently visited pages
· Offline/online habits
· The time you spend on specific web pages
However, the situation can turn grave when you share your personal information voluntarily. If you have done this (most of us are guilty of this), then websites, as well as ISP you have visited, can leave so much. This comprises of:
· Your relationship
· Your current location
· Your phone numbers
· Your social media
· Your email
These are all instances of information shared online through technology.
But sometimes this can happen unwillingly. Things like small “I Agree” boxes that we agree to without even reading them.
Why is ISP tracking you?
Well, your ISP is no spy.
Instead, tracking by ISP happens when you enter an online request on their network. Whenever a query is entered into the search box of the favorite search engine and then click on a URL, the onus rests on the computer to look into the correct IP address to send it to the particular website.
The browser sends a domain name system (DNS) query to receive the specific IP address to link to the website.
DNS is known as a public directory. Your ISP can view each request sent to it. Since these DNS requests are not encrypted and are open, the ISP can watch the query sent to the computer even when you have to use the encrypted connection.
So, when you are utilizing ISP service to read emails, conduct online research, buy, use apps, watch videos and do anything online, your ISP has recorded what you do and where you go.
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By now, you must have become anxious, but there is absolutely nothing to lose heart about.
You can do a lot of things to secure your data online. Follow the following:
· Use HTTPs
· Use offshore VPNs
· Use Tor to browse
· Adjust your DNS
Online security is important, and you must remain vigilant about it all the times. Though it is challenging to stay anonymous, one must take all the precaution required to visit safe online.