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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

Facts we shouldn’t be disclosing

Now it has come to a point where posting, or sharing anything online, sharing by email or social media can introduce new threats. As we discussed before, it can increase the attack surface. It’s always good to think before you post or share anything on the internet. Main reason is anything you post, or share can be seeing by anyone. As we discussed in the previous chapters, sharing sensitive and PII is risky and should be avoided. Along with that, consider removing your name and contact information published on websites and public records.

Remove personnel information from WHOIS

Often, we use personnel information in DNS registrations and other public databases. Without our knowledge this information can be collected by attackers using OSINT techniques. Typically, WHOIS records contains registrant contact, administrative contact and technical contact which contains personnel information. We can use privacy controls to mask personnel...