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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

Identity exposure

An individual using multiple devices has become the norm in today’s world. Most of the devices we use today store our identities in various forms. This allows our identity information to be easily exposed. This can happen at an operating system level, an application level, a storage level, or a network level. Using various devices makes our life easy, but we are sacrificing identities and other sensitive information by ignoring privacy. If a device is stolen, stored data can be accessed easily unless the device storage is encrypted. Most identities are exposed due to unawareness of various types of attacks.

Individual identities can be exposed in multiple ways, including the following:

  • Publicly available sources
  • Blogposts and registrations to newsletters by email addresses
  • Social media
  • Registrations to various services using identity information
  • Selfies and other images published on different platforms
  • Online and offline forms...