The Importance of Online Privacy Protection

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With the alarming rate of internet fraud, it is important to employ online protection measures to protect you from being defrauded. Seeing as all the data gleaned about you on the internet has some significance to someone, it is advisable to be vigilant at all times while surfing the internet. Some websites generate their revenue by selling your personal information while hackers take advantage of your personal data to perform fraudulent activities like identity theft. Online privacy protection is therefore a collection of measures meant to relieve the outcry of a majority of the innocent individuals who have fallen prey to internet scams.

Online privacy protection measures can be viewed from different perspectives ranging from technological measures, privacy policies regulations and individual control of the personal information revealed on the internet. With a combination of all these privacy protection measures, internet users are rest assured that their data is protected from malicious users to a greater extent.

When it comes to internet privacy protection, individual control of the classified information you post on the internet offers the greatest percentage of protection. Practicing extra caution while surfing the internet therefore, goes a long way in safeguarding your data from malevolent users. Ensure that think twice before posting any personal information on the internet. If the information you are about to post will reveal your personal details like your phone number, home address or even financial information, it is advisable to avoid posting the information especially if you are not sure of the credibility of the websites. Also avoid clicking on links sent to you via unknown sources since most of these links contain spyware that clandestinely collect sensitive data and transmit the data to malicious users.

There are policies and regulations that govern the use of private information you submit to organizations that require your personal details to operate. Employers for example have a right to go through their staff member’s emails and browsing history as long as they use the company resources to surf the internet. However, there are restrictions to the extent in which the employer is allowed to access staff private information. Websites that requires your personal information like online shopping sites, financial institutions among others also have to have a clearly explained privacy policy that ensures confidentiality of the information collected. Should the organization disclose your personal information, the law will find then liable for any discrepancies caused.

As far as technology is concerned, there are various technological inventions designed to optimize protection of privacy online. There is a myriad of online protection software that are well equipped with security packages like firewalls, anti-spyware, data encryption functionality and anonymzing settings that thwart the efforts of malevolent users to pry on your privacy and gain unauthorized access to sensitive data.

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