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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 competitors would like to collect

As discussed in the previous section, attackers are interested in collecting artifacts from you. These artifacts contain valuable information about you. These artifacts are used to find more information about targets. Some artifacts even contain the buying and surfing patterns of a user. For example, there are artifacts that keep information about most frequently visited websites, items of interest, and items purchased over the internet. For this reason, competitors are also interested in collecting artifacts from individuals and competitor companies. Mainly, they use cookies, known as third-party cookies, to collect information about competitors and individuals. If you understand how cookies work, then you can block and prevent disclosing your information as an individual or a company.

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