At Desire and Pleasure we think the internet is a great tool for people looking to satisfy their sexual curiosity.
We also believe that, whether you are shopping for sex toys or looking for advice, you have the right to protect your anonymity and not be targeted with marketing that has a sexual theme. However, preserving that anonymity requires a little thought and effort.
”So if you want to avoid the more intrusive aspects of the internet, here are some simple tips to help you.
Using Email Online
Think before inadvertently revealing your email address. For example, in chat rooms avoid the common error of using a screen name that’s the same as or similar to your email address.
If you choose to share your email address (e.g. for making online purchases), consider creating a new account that’s totally private i.e. an email address that isn’t used for other purposes or stored on a shared device.
Alternatively you might wish to mask your email, so that it can’t be mechanically harvested by spammers e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org.
For even greater security consider developing a disposable email account that you can automatically forward to a permanent account. If this email address starts to get unwanted spam it can be easily shut down with little inconvenience.
Make an email address like a password with a combination of numbers and letters in a special combination. This helps prevent spammers using software to target likely email addresses on major internet service providers (ISPs) with spam.
Remarketing is the practice of displaying online advertisements that relate to previous websites you’ve visited. In the event of sexual themed sites, this may trigger explicit and sometimes offensive advertisements appearing on non-sexual sites. This may be in the least annoying and at worst may expose others with a device that you share with them to ads you’d prefer them not to see.
To avoid this you want to manage the cookies that sites are putting on your web browser. A Practical guide for handling cookies on all major browsers is available at www.allaboutcookies.org .
Use Specific Tools to Protect Privacy
Various apps and services exist to add an extra layer of privacy online. These work in many of ways. For example – rating the privacy of sites or apps that you could be thinking about using, by blocking tools that may be used to monitor your online activity, wiping your details from specific databases or by incorporating additional firewalls to protect your computer from unwanted downloads.
A useful overview of some the major privacy tools was recently published by Time Magazine.
Always check’opt-out’ boxes to avoid getting your data shared. Be careful around sites that try to catch you out by switching between opt-ins and opt-outs.
Don’t allow sites to remember your details or password if you don’t want your data stored.
Read the terms and conditions to be sure what aspects of your privacy are being signed away if you opt-in.
Keep security settings high on social networking and be cautious about allowing programs to have your passwords. If you no longer use a program that has your details, remove it from your preferences to limit your exposure.