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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

Artifacts that can be collected from devices

Most enterprise systems provide services through endpoints. Individuals access systems too through endpoints. When you access any system, including a cloud system, an on-premises system, or even an application, there are many artifacts collected by a device. If the device is lost or stolen, a third person can have direct access to these artifacts, unless the device is encrypted as per industry standards. During investigations, forensic investigators can use forensic tools to recover many artifacts and obtain information.

If an attacker has access to a device in the event of it being lost or stolen, they can collect the following information from it:

  • Contact information and the phone book can be exported or downloaded.
  • Messages, including SMS and application-based text messages.
  • Multimedia content, including pictures, videos, and sensitive multimedia content.
  • Call history, including incoming and outgoing calls.
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