Freedom!

If you imagined pre-crazy Mel Gibson, half naked and about to be decapitated? Well played.

Now let’s talk about something a little more serious.

You are being watched.

You are being watched

Is that creepy? Because I think so. Everything you do. Everything you watch. Every website you visit. Every word you type is tracked. Sure the government may be reading your email. The NSA maybe be tracking your Skype chats. Homeland Security might even be keeping tabs on your shit. (I watch a lot of Person of Interest, and so I’m all engrossed in the world of government agencies spying on everything we do and say. Those red light cameras weren’t put up to ticket us, homies – more on that another time.)

But even creepier is that there are corporations out there. Watching you. Websites and internet spies watching your every move, ready and willing to send your information to the highest bidder. Do you check the permissions before you download an app to your devices? There’s a reason I don’t use the Facebook app or the Twitter app. I use browsers. Because if the apps are on your phone, they have access to your internet connection. Your personal information. Your user history. Your contacts. Everything.

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Basically, everyone’s trying to put a price on your information. But you can protect yourself, at least a little bit. I never download an app without looking at the permissions that it’s requesting. If I’m downloading a photo editing app, I check the permissions to see what it “needs,” because it probably doesn’t NEED much. In addition to checking permissions, I’ve been running F-Secure Freedome on my devices. This handy protective app blocks websites that could be tracking my information. It checks out my apps when I download them. It blocks tracking attempts. It basically protects me from myself and those “harmful” websites I visit.

Screenshot_2015-03-02-11-23-30When a site is harmful, F-Secure says NO. Bad. Don’t go to that site. Which happened when I went to check out a site that sent me referral traffic on my blog. I was appreciative. Screenshot_2015-02-28-06-40-28

It’s super easy to use and keeps you secure by encrypting your data on free Wi-Fi networks, keeping your virtual identity anonymous, changing your virtual location so you can’t be tracked, and blocking harmful sites and apps. This video sums it up pretty succinctly:

If you’re interested in trying out F-Secure Freedome for yourself, you can do so (and I’m loving it) by visiting Freedome VIP. I even have a special code for my readers so you can try it out for free for 90 days: qsf257

After the trial, the annual subscription is only $16.99, and the monthly subscription is $1.99. I spend more than that on a single nail polish. And it makes me feel better about being on the internet all the time.

As an added bonus, if you try F-Secure Freedome, you’ll have the chance to win an iPad mini and a free year of F-Secure Freedome to keep your privacy safe on your new device. You can enter via the Giveaway tool below.

Blog Friends, what do you do to protect your privacy online? Do you use any apps or tools to keep yourself anonymous? Are you going to try Freedome?

This post was sponsored by F-Secure. I received compensation and a free trial for Freedome to tell you about my experience. As always, I only work with brands and products that I wholeheartedly support.

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Comments

  1. terra phipps says:

    to keep my privacy i use incognito pages

  2. TheMomCafe.com says:

    This sounds like a good thing to look into… Gosh, I cannot imagine how bad this is getting. I need protection!!

  3. I use a downloaded security protection system that keeps my pages and information from being hacked

  4. claudia says:

    I use firewall protection on my computer.

  5. Melissa Teears says:

    I’m sure it will block a lot. It has already warned me aboutique a site that was unsafe.

  6. Melissa Teears says:

    I have an Antivirus app installed on my phone
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  7. I’m going to try this, I never even thought of using anything on my tablet before to be honest.

  8. I don’t care. They can watch me, no one would want my idenity and I do nothing to be afraid of. Go, ahead, watch me.

  9. I don’t have a computer right now, so EVERYTHING I do is on my phone. it’s sort of scary

  10. Elle P. says:

    I have anti virus and anti malware software installed and also use an ad blocker.

  11. Jillian Bernath says:

    I use incognito mode. I also never click on pop ups or go on fishy sites

  12. I have anti virus software and I don’t go to sites I don’t trust.

  13. I use an antivirus software but I wonder if that’s enough now.

  14. Stephanie Davis says:

    Sadly there is not a lot that I do to protect my security online.

  15. colleen long says:

    this is a great product, thank you!

  16. colleen long says:

    I dont do anything to protect my info online, but I will give this a try!

  17. I just use a basic anti-virus program that came with my computer. I should probably do more.

  18. I clear my browser history and cookies

  19. colleen long says:

    Would love to try this app out

  20. i’ll bet it’ll block all the junk to prevent problems before they start!

  21. I have an ad blocker and a firewall installed.

  22. steve weber says:

    I have a VPN, pop up blockers and AVG security.

  23. I have Norton anti virus on my computers an ad/pop up blocker.

  24. I use a spyware program and pop up blocker

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