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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

Avoiding behavior-tracking applications and browsers

In the previous chapter, we discussed how to disable tracking in popular operating systems and some of the most popular apps. Without our knowledge, some apps can still track us, even if we configure cookies to maintain privacy. These apps are programmatically designed to collect information, especially the various web apps we access today. We discussed what web apps can do nowadays in previous chapters. One of the mechanisms that we can use to improve security is anti-tracking browser extensions. There are various anti-tracking browser extensions out there developed by individual developers, companies, and communities. When you access content on a web application or web page, some of the elements on the web page, known as trackers, are designed to collect details about your browsing habits and other information and send it back to third parties. These apps and sites violate privacy and consume lots of resources including your bandwidth...