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An Easier Approach to Online Privacy

There is no denying the fact that online privacy is by far the most important issue that we are dealing with on a daily basis. In spite of the conveniences and technological advancements that the Internet Age has brought with it, online privacy is a bane that is haunting us and will continue to haunt us. As individuals, we have our own approaches to ensure our online privacy. Some use tools from other private companies; others use the privacy and security tools that the service provider makes available.

Some users have a method of withholding sensitive information from the internet. All this shows how confused we are about online privacy. For an average computer user, it is very difficult to evaluate what is right and what is wrong, especially considering the amount of information available about protecting online privacy. So, this article will help you approach online privacy in a simpler manner.

Whether You Like It or Not, Your Information Is On the Internet

You might think that you do not upload too much information on the World Wide Web. You might not be an addictive social network user. But you cannot be sure that information about you is not at all present on the internet. Your social security information is stored online. Your employment details are stored online. The passport information with all your biometric data is stored online. Your friends upload pictures and location based information about you online. So, making an assumption that your information is not on the internet could be wrong.

The Internet Is Your Enemy As Much As It Is Your Friend

When you look at a number of cases involving online privacy intrusion, the user is found to be at fault more than 55% of the times. Of course, this statement is in conflict with the statement made above which says that you are not responsible for online privacy intrusion. But the information that others provide about you and the information that you upload to the World Wide Web can only get the miscreants so far. Most likely, you would have made some basic user mistakes.

These include forgetting to stop cookies/tracking online. Also, bank sites have undertaken elaborate measures like a virtual keyboard, two step authentication, latest encryption protocols, etc to ensure that you remain safe online. But a simple mistake such as forgetting to close your browser window after logging into your online banking account may compromise your security. Also, how many of you are aware of the fact that you should never open your online bank account in a browser that has other sites open in its other tabs.

Evaluating Your Online Privacy

Another factor in understanding online privacy is evaluating the level you are in, at any given point of time. Although there is no foolproof way of doing this, some entrepreneurs have come up with a way of evaluating your online privacy level. Privacy Choice, a company that deals with issues related to online privacy has launched an app called PrivacyFix for both Chrome and Firefox browsers. The app will give you a rating of your online privacy level based on a number of factors such as your social networking data, the amount of time you spend on the internet, etc. Although this app is not 100% accurate, it will at least give you an idea of your online privacy levels.

A Work In Progress

Finally, never rest while protecting your online privacy. Remember, for every step you take in protecting your privacy, there are miscreants who match that step with methods of their own. If you want to stay abreast of them, you have to keep walking and never look back.

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