Privacy and your online security is something that all users need to put more energy behind understanding, protecting and advocating to ensure that the Internet remains a great place to share, learn and explore.
There are the obvious threats of hackers, however it could also be an issue with your government. Governments all over are using the web to keep tabs on their citizens for which many of us know little about what they are collecting and how frequently.
I recommend the use of various tools to protect your online privacy from browser extensions to password managers and more. The key to adopting a more private internet experience is understanding that the more private and secure you get, the more you may give up regarding your online experience. Most tools and software will restrict certain apps from running as they pose a potential risk for exposing your data, so just keep this in mind.
Check out the link below from Mashable which highlights some great tools to make you more anonymous on the web.
11 free tools to protect your online activity from surveillance.
This post is worth a read , especially with regards to the recent events at Apple and iCloud. As individuals we all need to be aware of the many ways we can protect ourselves online – avoiding the online world is not a real option.
The future of personal security.
This article adds further evidence that users need to understand how the networks they use on a day to day basis could impact their privacy. I certainly realize that it is no fun to read all the terms and conditions, privacy statements, and other legal content, however without knowledge you can be exposed .
A better solution would be to have the networks themselves be totally transparent about the risks and loopholes, however not sure that will ever transpire. Therefore, users must ensure they are educated about how their identity and their information is protected or not protected.
Read the article at Mashable for more information. This is one time where knowledge really is power.
Facebook’s Privacy Problem: Here’s Zuckerberg’s ‘Private’ Friends List.
Here is a quick and simple article on how to protect your online identity. Give it a read and then let me know if you have any thoughts to add.
Protect Your Online Identity | Social Media Today.
While I am not a fan of downloading any files illegally, I am definitely not in support of legislation that allows our privacy to be further encroached (we have Facebook for that). I find with these issues that it is always an “either” “or” scenario – no happy middle ground.
Privacy issues have slowly been percolating over the past few years with the help of Facebook as an organization that constantly looks for ways to use more and more of your personal data for monetization. Then we have governments that want to keep tabs on us and tell us it if for our own good????
On the other side, there are organizations such as openmedia.ca that have been fighting for your privacy while you and I have been pretty much ignoring the issue. The problem with our approach is that one day we are going to wake up and when we do the big companies and government organizations are already going to have your data.
I encourage people to start using their voice online, keep on top of the issues affecting your privacy, and support organizations such as openmedia.ca
Remember – it is your data – you should have a say in what happens to it.
New bill to crack down on illegal downloads has privacy experts worried | National Post.
This is a good article that does well to position a few key questions about why you should care about your online privacy and what you should be thinking about doing.
What Are You Doing To Protect Your Online Activities?.
This issue is big enough now to warrant more coverage, explanation, education, and solutions. I myself am heavily involved with the web, social networks and online purchases – looking to the future I am very concerned about what is out on there regarding my personal life and how that data is being managed and used.
I will be spending more time on this blog discussing online privacy and security. It is my hope to increase your awareness and share some tools that you could be using to protect your online identity. If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, shoot me an email or leave a comment.