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Obscurity: The New Solution for Online Privacy Protection

Online privacy protection is something that is commonly offered in most of the online tools  that we have come to see in recent times. There has been a lot of innovation in that field and many new concepts keep coming up on a regular basis. One of them is the option of trying to eliminate all the data that you leave, which can be used to track you, while moving through the World Wide Web . Also, other features such as prevention of collecting user information in the name of improving the user experience have been  tried and tested . Similarly, a new concept has been coined for protecting your online privacy. This concept is known as ‘data obscurity’.

What Is Data Obscurity?

The concept of data obscurity is not something that has been used and tested on a large scale. Researchers from a leading university have conducted a study on how exactly a miscreant tracks you online. Using this data as a base, they came up with the concept of data obscurity. Researchers identified that the miscreants have to sort through a ton of data in case they want to target one person or an organization specifically. This means that they spend a lot of time and resources trying to optimize the data that they have.

Also, in spite of all the tools that you have to protect your online privacy, you leave some bread crumbs inadvertently. If you try to remove as many of them as possible, you give away your position to the miscreants as they know which crumbs to track. On the other hand, imagine if all your traces online were encrypted and there was a plethora of information available. This increases the effort on part of the hacker and also makes the data available on you more obscure. With this method, you are using the data that you leave behind to your advantage.

How is The Data Made Obscure?

To make the data available on you obscure, an array of encryption techniques are used. These techniques vary depending on the degree of protection that you opt for. Greater the protection, more complicated will be the encryption technique used. The problem from the miscreants’ point of view is that they not only have to figure out which data is relevant but also have to decrypt it. With so much information available on the internet, it is practically impossible to figure out which data is relevant and which is not. So, you have a high degree of security with this technique.

Limitations of This Technique

One of the biggest problems that you have with this technique is to control the data that you leave behind. Primarily, you have no control over the data that you leave behind and it can be used to trace you back. So, even if you can design a system that can encrypt all the traces, there is still the problem of tweaking that system to suit every hosting server available in the world. Each server has its own method of verifying signatures and you should make sure that the encryption system has it all covered.

Also, miscreants use a number of techniques to gather data about their victims. They use custom made software such as viruses, spyware, malware, adware, etc. Some hackers even use anonymous social media accounts to gain access to your personal information. So, there are a lot of factors that you must take into account if you want to use the obscurity technique to protect your online privacy. If the security experts manage to implement this without any flaws, it will be one of the best techniques ever.

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