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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

Using virtual machines and virtual applications

We discussed how we can create a virtual machine with proper network configuration in Chapter 8, Understanding the Scope of Access. Once you have created a virtual machine, it can be used for multiple purposes. Remember that virtual machines also work like physical machines on a network. When you check your virtual machine from the network perspective, there is not much difference between the physical machine and the virtual machine. Both will have IP addresses assigned, run an operating system, and have applications installed. When we concentrate on the privacy factor, it provides the advantage that we can revert the virtual machine to a previous state whenever we want, or we can simply reset the virtual machine every time we need to. It will look like we're using a new system every time we access the network.

Once you revert a virtual machine, all the trackers, cookies, and scripts that attackers plant will be removed from the...