A Short Guide to On­line Pri­vacy

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port on on­line at­ti­tudes of dig­i­tal cit­i­zens, 78% of the users sur­veyed were wor­ried about lack of pri­vacy as their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion was avail­able on­line.

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Thanks to the dig­i­tal age, the con­cept of pri­vacy has changed dras­ti­cally over the past cou­ple of decades. There are lay­ers of com­plex­i­ties that sur­round the con­cept of pri­vacy in­ter­laced with lim­i­ta­tions, that dig­i­tal cit­i­zens have to pass through to fully un­der­stand its value, in an in­trin­si­cally con­nected era. Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port on on­line at­ti­tudes of dig­i­tal cit­i­zens, 78% of the users sur­veyed were wor­ried about lack of pri­vacy as their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion was avail­able on­line.

If there is such a mass para­noia about pri­vacy is­sues in the present dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture, what can an in­di­vid­ual do to en­hance the pri­vacy of their on­line data? There is a list of some sim­ple things that one can do in such cases. Though in an age where gov­ern­ments all over the globe are lay­ing down laws and reg­u­la­tions, that al­low them to watch and store in­for­ma­tion on their cit­i­zens’ on­line ac­tiv­ity, noth­ing is fool-proof.

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