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An Ethical Guide to Cyber Anonymity

By : Kushantha Gunawardana
Book Image

An Ethical Guide to Cyber Anonymity

By: Kushantha Gunawardana

Overview of this book

As the world becomes more connected through the web, new data collection innovations have opened up more ways to compromise privacy. Your actions on the web are being tracked, information is being stored, and your identity could be stolen. However, there are ways to use the web without risking your privacy. This book will take you on a journey to become invisible and anonymous while using the web. You will start the book by understanding what anonymity is and why it is important. After understanding the objective of cyber anonymity, you will learn to maintain anonymity and perform tasks without disclosing your information. Then, you’ll learn how to configure tools and understand the architectural components of cybereconomy. Finally, you will learn to be safe during intentional and unintentional internet access by taking relevant precautions. By the end of this book, you will be able to work with the internet and internet-connected devices safely by maintaining cyber anonymity.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Part 1: The Basics of Privacy and Cyber Anonymity
Part 2: Methods and Artifacts That Attackers and Competitors Can Collect from You
Part 3: Concepts and Maintaining Cyber Anonymity

Definition of cyber anonymity

The term anonymity, like many other English terms, originates from two Greek words. The first half of the word, an, is derived from a Greek word meaning without, and the second half, onoma, is another Greek word meaning name. Combining these two words created the term anonymous – maintaining the state of going unnamed is referred to as anonymity. When it comes to the cyber world, anonymity refers to remaining online without revealing your identity. There are different levels of anonymity, which will be discussed in detail in the third topic of this chapter.

The moment you connect to the internet, your information will be collected in many layers, as we discussed in earlier chapters. The meaning of cyber anonymity is making it impossible for others to find the owner of a message or an act by not revealing their identity while remaining connected. Another definition of cyber anonymity is performing activities connected to the internet without your...