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At the dawn of 21st century, advances in technology endanger our privacy in ways never before imagined. Direct marketers and retailers track our every purchase; surveillance cameras observe our movements; mobile phones report our location to those who want to track us; government eavesdroppers listen in on private communications; misused medical records turn our bodies and our histories against us; and linked databases assemble detailed consumer profiles used to predict and influence our behaviour.

Privacy - the most basic of our civil rights - is in grave peril.

Privacy in everyday life is nothing new. When you buy something at the grocery store, no one is going to ask you for some form of ID, and when you send a snail–mail letter, the Post Office doesn't check if the return address is valid. And who wouldn't be very upset if they found out that the mailman had been reading their mail?

Although everyone takes privacy in normal life for granted, trying to get the same level of privacy on the Internet (or even on your own computer) is a little less accepted, and sometimes a bit more complicated. While the general attitude is hard to change, many ways exist to enhance your privacy online. You can also keep your personal information private and protected with companies like LifeLock, where they focus on keeping identities safe from hackers.

However, on the Internet privacy is regarded a lot less normal. Messages are sent as clear text, so that everyone with a little knowledge can read them, and there is no built–in way to prevent someone else from forging something in your name, so that you can–t prove it wasn't you. Even worse, data on your own hard disk can be examined by everyone who has access to your office or room.

Data on your own computer is also not protected. Unless you take special precautions, everyone who wanders by during your lunch break can copy and read all files on your computer. There are also many ways in which sensitive data can end up on your disk without you knowing it.

Cookies
What are cookies? How do cookies work? Why are cookies useful?
We tell you here.
ETag
A new unique identifier known as an ETag value has emerged as the latest tracking utility.

Steganography
Steganography simply takes one piece of information and hides it within another. Computer files contain unused or insignificant areas of data. Steganography takes advantage of these areas, replacing them with information. These files can then be exchanged without anyone knowing what is really inside of them. Learn how its done here.

AccountKiller
Not all web sites make it easy for users to delete their accounts. Some make it nearly impossible. AccountKiller not only gives clear and simple instructions for deleting accounts at all the most popular sites (Skype, Facebook, Windows Live, iTunes, Twitter, Google), it also uses a colour coded rating system.

White listed sites make it easy to automatically delete your account.
Black listed sites make it almost impossible or highly difficult to get delete your account.
Grey listed sites fall inbetween.

AccountKiller also includes any links or phone numbers its staff find that might be needed or helpful to finish the job. People are now checking AccountKiller before signing up to a service to check if they are blacklisted or not.

Privacy : What is OpenDNS?
OpenDNS is the world's most intelligent DNS service, keeping you safe online and enabling you to connect to the Internet with confidence from anywhere. Our fast and always-reliable global network and advanced DNS software work together to offer a set of features custom-tailored to you, without requiring you to buy any hardware or install any software.

DNSCrypt is a piece of lightweight software that everyone should use to boost online privacy and security. It works by encrypting all DNS traffic between the user and OpenDNS, preventing any spying, spoofing or man-in-the-middle attacks.

Privacy : Epic
EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy. EPIC works in association with Privacy International, an international human rights group based in London, UK and is also a member of the Global Internet Liberty Campaign, the Internet Free Expression Alliance, the Internet Privacy Coalition, the Internet Democracy Project, and the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue.

Privacy : 12 Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading civil liberties organization working to protect rights in the digital world. This document, released in April 2002, is as informative and accurate today as it was then. Even though we face many more dangers today, the basics have not changed.

Privacy : Privacy.net
Privacy.net provides information and tips about Privacy. Read about credit reports, identity theft, Internet privacy and more. Demonstrations of your Internet connection and Internet cookies have been recently updated.

Privacy : Protect your identity
Did you know that detailed information about your system is automatically provided to every web site you visit? This information can be used by hackers to exploit your computer and by companies to track your activities on the Internet. Why put up with this invasion of your privacy and security? Anonymizers hide revealing information from the web sites you visit, allowing you to surf the web anonymously. How does it work? Each time you visit a web site through The Cloak, they forward your request to the remote web site from their server. The web site responds to that server, and they forward the response back to you. To the web site, it appears as though the request came from them, not from you.

How Companies Track You on the Web
Have you ever stopped to think how you're being tracked online? Ever wonder which websites are tracking you and what they're looking at? Well the answer is just about all of them and everything.

How Companies Track You on the Web




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