Online Privacy – Introduction

What does it take for a stalker, employer, private investigator, government or even a fraudster to get to know about you nowadays? Well, not much! 10 years ago, it would have been very difficult for anyone to get any information about you but today, with the aid of the internet, this is very easy – especially for the youth of the western civilisation. In the next few articles I look to cover the following:

  • Self-contributed data.
  • Information about you put on by others.
  • Hackable data.

Each of which, I look to help you take the right steps to prevent breach of what you think should be private.

Some people say there is no such thing as online privacy nowadays and I partly agree with that however there are things which can be done to help prevent your online privacy from being breached. To quickly get to grips as to what I mean by the parts listed above, below is a little explanation of each section.

Self-contributed Data

This the data that oneself has put on the Internet by oneself usually of oneself. This could be by the use of Twitter, Facebook, blogs, Flikr, Instagram, LinkedIn or you name it. Each of these things potentially accessible by others.

Information about you put on by others

The usual culprits tend to by your friends who would put something like a picture of you on the internet and tagged you onto it. Or it could be a journalist writing an article about you. Or it could even be as simple as your email address being put onto the To. field or Cc. field of an email after which gets forwarded on to many others who will all have personal contact with you.

Hackable Data

Probably the most scariest ways of breaching someone’s online privacy which is often achieved by Hijacking someone’s account or hacking into an online system you often use. This could also be when you sign up to a website which isn’t very secure with the same password as you use on other services such as banking. Very dangerous and very important.

Hopefully, by the end of the series, I can help iron out any bad habits you have on the internet and help implement strategies to prevent any major ordeals you could have in the future with regards to this.

Do stay tuned!

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