No one can hear you scream in space, but in cyberspace, even a whisper can become a scream as if through a megaphone. On the internet the slightest little move, a log-in, or just posting to your Facebook, is just as good as yelling through that megaphone. And with all the hackers, data mining malware, cookies, and privacy settings just serve to add to the privacy and confidentiality confusion. But there are ways to keep the private stuff just that, private.
Proxy And VPN Services
A Proxy, or VPN will work to keep your internet activities on the "down low." These services act as a go-between for your computer and the internet. But even with thee you must be careful, as some of the add-ons and extensions, (often Java, or Flash extensions,) will transmit your hidden IP. So make sure that all the applications you are using will only use the proxy or VPN to communicate. Another downfall that many do not expect is that some VPNs and Proxy services keep logs of the activities that you conduct on the internet … do your homework here, you want a service that keeps no logs, or at the very least purges, (or deletes), the logs on a regular basis.
Often, the largest leak in your internet security is the browser you use. According to laws now though, browsers must make the privacy and security settings easy to find and set-up. These can include anything from the way the browser handles cookies, keeps your passwords, and even communicates. If you use a proxy or VPN here is where you need to define the way the browser communicates with the internet. If you need to know more about the browser you use, and the security settings available, check with the FAQ or support site for the particular browser. They will have all the settings available for you to use, and what each individual setting involves.
Internet Security Starts With You
With the tenacity that governments are going after the data on individuals that is available online, it is a sure fire bet that sooner, or later, it will become possible for them to get everything they want without ever having to request a warrant … or any kind of permission from a judicial official. It's just a matter of time. They already already have almost every legal venue on their side against our freedoms and privacy. But forewarned is prepared, and more and more, privacy advocates are stressing the importance of maintaining your security and privacy on the internet.