Computer Privacy Explained
With concepts like cyber crimes and identity thefts ruling the roost, installing computer privacy becomes imperative not only for safety of personal information but for protecting finances as well. Although the talk of privacy in itself is enough to scare people away from computers, the user must understand that it is an essential aspect which if not heeded could result in windfall profits to undeserving trespassers.
On another level, i.e. the interpersonal level, there are many people out there who would make use of web-based services in order to obtain information pertaining to the personal background of the internet users. The criminals sift through information like personal details of users in order to create forged identities, thus committing identity theft crime. The information which would have taken a good amount of laborious hours to copy by hand can now be obtained by criminals in minutes thanks to the advancement in technology.
Do not think that you are safe because even personal computers prove to be great fertile ground for collection of data through observing the browsing patterns of individuals using cookies, which are stored in the hard disks of the users. Hence all these phenomena have led to the awareness of importance of maintaining the privacy of your computer in today’s world.
Computer privacy means you do not want all your personal information splashed all over the Internet for people to use. You want to be able to do safe transactions with companies that have a secure way for you to transmit your credit card information, etc. Most websites have some sort of encryption in place so when the personal information is transmitted it can not be read if someone intercepts the information.
Another method of maintaining privacy would be to segregate professional and personal online accounts. Many times, the former are subject to being scrutinized by the employer and hence it is essential for the two to be separate.
In real life you would not walk up to a stranger and just give them all your personal information. This is the same practice you need to use when doing transactions over the Internet. Just because someone is asking for your information does not mean that you have to give it to them. Always use caution before releasing any of your information to a company or a person that you do not know about.
One should also keep in mind that the browser cache has to be cleared after each browsing. You can use the ‘Empty Cache’ button for this purpose. Also, when filling out online forms make sure that they are encrypted and secure so that no third party can have access to your personal details. You can also use encryption in order to keep your email private and use anonymous browsing.
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