from Fast Company
With the exception–perhaps–of your therapist or significant other, no one has more power to learn your secrets than your internet service provider. An ISP can see every website that you choose to access. And with the scrapping of Obama-era privacy regulations last year, the U.S. federal government has no rules against ISPs collecting and selling your information to marketers. But new tech fixes are plugging the privacy holes that the government won’t.
The effort began in April, when Firefox browser maker Mozilla and content delivery network Cloudflare rolled out measures to block one of the easiest ways for ISPs to snoop. They started encrypting the browser’s “DNS lookup” of a website’s numerical IP address–converting to 126.96.36.199, for instance. (See our instructions for setting this up.)
Now Mozilla and Cloudflare, and possibly other tech companies like Apple, will start to close another loophole–one that reveals the identity of a multitude of smaller websites.