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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

Understanding the scope of access

In the cyber world, the most used way of providing access to services is through an identity system. We discussed different types of identity systems in previous chapters. There are centralized and decentralized identity systems. Some identity systems are application based and some identity systems are web based. However, all identity systems keep a bunch of attributes that relate to identity. There are many web-based identity providers today that support Single Sign-On (SSO) – when configured, authentication will take place on the identity provider’s identity system, which provides access to other services, such as service providers. Facebook, Google, and Microsoft are popular identity providers that can be integrated into other applications for authentication purposes.

When the authentication is completed, the next step is authorization. Authorization is maintaining a level of access. For example, if you take a company with a large...