Being safe, secure and even anonymous is important these days, what with all the high profile stories lately about Internet privacy, and of course the National Security Agency (NSA) in the U.S. putting its citizens under surveillance.
The NSA has purposely been putting monitoring software on people’s computers to see what they’re surfing for online and compile data on “suspects” – not just criminals but most of them weren’t even suspected of any crime!
Internet trust at an all-time low
People in the U.S. and many other countries who are monitored of course feel upset that their personal online privacy and freedom is being compromised in the name of national security. There’s even been research showing that it costs us not only personal privacy but economic costs and trust in the governments. Unsurprisingly Internet trust is at the lowest point it’s ever been.
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You might say that if you have nothing to hide then why worry? But in actual fact this damages society, and any of us could at any time be accused of something we have not done – when governments can prosecute anyone they can just choose to put away whoever they like.
Does anyone want to end up on a government watch list? No – but when we’re being monitored all the time, we’re not really free, and even if you have nothing to hide (like most of us) then we should still be able to keep our own information private. Would you want the NSA to access your personal data and all your Internet history just because they can?
Furthermore, we don’t know what data the governments around the world are collecting and what they are doing with the data – everything you do online could already be monitored and recorded. Thankfully, there are some options to keep your anonymity and avoid surveillance when you’re online. Even though nothing is every 100%, the options below will give you at least some protection.
Infographic – How to be anonymous surfing the Internet
If all the above confuses you, don’t worry as here’s a handy infographic from WhoIsHostingThis.com that shows you all the options and outlines the pros and cons of each.
Let us know in the comments below whether Internet anonymity is important to you, what you are doing about it, or perhaps you don’t even care?