Online privacy has become paramount in today’s digital age. Being connected to the internet, one way or another will always have you paranoid about the things other people can know about you. Do you ever wonder how Facebook even knows you’re thinking of a specific product or person and ‘coincidentally’ highlights it on your feed right at that very moment? It happens so often and regularly, that it’s impossible to call it a coincidence anymore.
Facebook, Instagram, and most social media platforms use your browsing history, navigation history, saved items, and much more in order to personalize your online experience. Brilliant yet creepy right? Well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Because, if social media apps can use your browsing history, it may mean your internet service provider can check your history log as well.
ISP tracking is a real thing. Big telecom companies like AT&T have millions of subscribers across the country. So, you can only imagine the volumes of history and track records saved in their databases. ISPs are most likely bound to track your data by law. But, unless you’re criminally exposed (in which case the government can ask your internet service provider for your internet data, that too without an official warrant), you haven’t got much to worry about.
Yet, it is also true that like any other matter you like to keep private, online privacy is an asset that you must value—even if you don’t think it’s a huge deal, it is in your interest to know details about the process. For instance, what kind of information and details your ISP can check and store, and for how long, etc. Here is a handy guide that talks about the ISP track in reference to your AT&T internet service.
Typically, no information other than the IP numbers is stored by the internet service provider due to privacy concerns. The actual links are recorded by your browser’s history only if that option has been turned on. And, most ISPs get rid of such data every 6 months or so to make room for new data.
You cannot check browsing history via your AT&T Wi-Fi router log currently. The router logs are meant to record troublesome occurrences such as when unsolicited data packets are dropped, or the AT&T connection is unable to contact an upstream resource, etc.
As we said, you cannot view your AT&T internet history log via your AT&T Wi-Fi router. In order to check the websites visited via a device connected to your gateway, you must access the history option in the browser itself. AT&T cannot share information it doesn’t have, but the provider can help you access your router log to help find other information.
AT&T employees cannot view the websites you visit. They are not hired to monitor their subscribers’ online browsing activities. Moreover, the personal information you share over the internet, such as passwords and all, is encrypted—which means AT&T understands sensitive information being shared is not to be decrypted for viewing by its employees. Your ISP receives the information as a signal.
The account holder can only view the call and text logs along with the amount of internet data used. They cannot see what you searched for, what websites you visited, or any other aspect of your browsing history for that matter. Even with the AT&T Secure Family app, the account holder cannot view your AT&T internet history log.
Regardless of the internet plan being used, others can't view your search history by accessing your AT&T router web history. The only way to view others' search history on the same internet plan is by viewing the URL history saved on the common browser used by everyone. If you want to remove the search trail, clear your browser history.
It’s important to value your privacy online as much as you do offline. Your internet service provider keeps you connected to the internet at all times and has the most access to what you do online. AT&T endeavors for maximum transparency with its users yet does not disclose any AT&T web router history to them.
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