WHY PROTECTING YOUR PRIVACY ONLINE IS SO IMPORTANT?
In today’s day in age, there is nothing more embarrassing than seeing something meant to be private, posted online for the world to view. As technology advances so do the need for new standards of privacy.
“At the bottom, the elimination of spyware and the preservation of privacy for the consumer are critical goals if the Internet is to remain safe and reliable and credible.” - Cliff Stearns, former US representative (The DGI, n.d.)
The internet has provided a gateway in which information about an individual could be hosted to the world in a matter of seconds. All we know, that once it’s on the internet, it cannot be deleted.
The youth, adults and next generations to come must be trained to exercise standards of privacy to not only protect their dignity but also those closest to them. The simple posting of a vulgar image, slander of an individual, or defamation of group could lead to lifelong consequences of threats, terror, and fear. We think, that it's important for us to protect our privacy online because it's so easy for anyone to access our information and to use it for purposes we did not agree to.
When we do online shopping it's important to protect our privacy, otherwise, it will go in the hands of hackers. (IP Ghoster, 2012) The IP address and email address are used to track the information, which can be used for hacker’s advantage. (IP Ghoster, 2012) When you do online shopping, you should choose the websites that are safe and have a good reputation. (IP Ghoster, 2012) One way to avoid the tracking of your IP address is by using a proxy server. (IP Ghoster, 2012) This won’t stop the sites from tracking your behavior, but it will fool them about your IP address and your geographical location. (IP Ghoster, 2012) When a hacker or criminal gets a hold of all your information, it's called an identity theft. (ReputationDefender, 2016) When the hacker gets to know your social security number and makes online transactions in your name, this could result in financial loss and can even damage your reputation online. (IP Ghoster, 2012)
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The tips on this page are very useful to remain anonymous in the online world. Although the use of Tor might be a bit extreme, it nevertheless is a valuable option for those who wish to have their privacy protected.
The Mozilla Organization has always been one to respect the privacy of its users. Its browser, known as “Firefox” has been tailored with both security and privacy in mind. Although Facebook is not their own, they have made useful tips for Facebook users.
Lifehack is a site tailored to making “hacks” so to speak, that enhance or make life easier. The 9 crucial privacy tips detailed on the page are very well detailed for those who are technically incompetent.
iPhone’s are everywhere and thus users are weary about how Apple uses their data. This link has useful tips on securing your iOS device from prying eyes.
Snapchat has become a huge social platform and with that comes a sense of privacy invasion. People have the option to share their stories to the world, sort of like Instagram and even have random people add them if they are in the same vicinity. Follow the tips in this link to make your use of Snapchat safe and private.