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January 8, 2013

anonymityOnly a few short years ago, maybe 10 to 15 years ago, we took it for granted that our personal information was safe and secure in our possession. That has changed now with most people either not realizing or not really caring about the ramifications of information access.

Nothing done online is 100% anonymous. Not only can the source of the effort to put it online be tracked, but also the person’s online persona (the account and global online identity of the person), as well as the physical place of the person. Once the information exists on the internet, it is available for search in one way or another, then compiled and categorized. The more information that’s out there, the more to gather.


Over time, users forget how much information they put online. Old email addresses, old social accounts and information on Instant Messaging are just a few of what’s holding your personal information. It’s easy to forget and move on to newer technology and services. It’s very difficult to remain anonymous on the net because, let’s face it, many people communicate via social accounts. And what is available? You guessed it. Personal information is put online freely without thinking about the possibilities of what cyber stalkers and cyber bullies have access to. Maintaining some level of anonymity and security should be a priority to users on the net.

Those who are concerned about Internet anonymity often discuss several risks to personal privacy. Cookies are among the most talked about privacy risk. Cookies are text sent to a web browser about a site or page that has been visited. The text is stored by the computer’s server and sent back every time that particular web page is revisited. It makes for downloading the page quicker since the computer accessing the page is authenticated by the cookie. Cookies also contain specific information about the user, such as preferences, passwords, log-in IDs and even electronic shopping cart information. This is why the cookie is considered a privacy risk by Internet users, and has thus been disabled by many computer owners prior to surfing the web.


Users should do even the basic research on internet anonymity and security for their own protection.

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About the Author:

Christopher is an IT specialist with 30 years of experience in developing technology working with corporates and SME’s. Chris is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, as well as numerous certificate based qualifications in technology and application development. Christopher is the CEO of internetSOS - A project to help people learn how to protect themselves online.

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