The Illusion of Online Privacy

The internet has been around for public use for over two decades now, and throughout those years its usage has evolved with the people who use it. Gone are the days when people used to give up using the home phone for a while to be able to browse and explore the internet and access limited usage of the web. These days, the internet has become less the occasional surfing experience and more the everyday necessity for the modern man. In this, there are bound to be some things that should have the ordinary person worried, one of which is online privacy.

Increasing number of people on the internet

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There are reportedly upwards of two billion people on the internet every day. Truly, the internet has become one of the most important luxuries that life can buy. It saves people precious time and money with its convenience. One more thing that the internet has brought people, though, is the ability to socially interact through it. With this, people have had the ability to share and post their information for their friends to access and see. People now can show photo albums with just a press of a button-a feat that was once only done indoors and only shown to people who look at photo albums personally. Addresses and locations can now be posted online and showed to people who plan to visit or are just curious about their friends’ whereabouts.

Companies like Facebook and Instagram have grown in popularity and have become great places for social freedom online. However, this can prove harmful when people do not realize that such freedom cannot and must not be treated as absolutely safe. A lot of people get in trouble by posting their very confidential information and sensitive details about themselves without thinking much about the repercussions. A lot of stalkers and would-be criminals find their victims through the internet, and with the rise of the social media age, it has never been easier to access sensitive information about people. Though people think that they have privacy just by clicking a privacy box, there are those that still have their files and information viewed by strangers.

The increasing number of hackers

But despite being more tech-savvy and not at all very keen on revealing details on the internet, there are still a lot of dangers online that clearly laugh in the face of privacy. Though a lot of people take refuge in the idea of not posting delicate information online and only keeping files safely in one’s computer or smartphone, they may not be so safe at all.

With the rise of the usage of the internet came the increasing number of hackers. Hackers may range from annoying pranksters to cyber terrorists, so there is a lot of vigilance needed with these kinds of people.

These days, becoming a hacker is not even as much of a daunting task as it was before. Now one doesn’t have to be a total genius to become a hacker. In fact, there are a lot of sites offering lessons in hacking. Bottom-line is, even though one is careful in maintaining private information out of not-so private sites, hackers may still be able to access important files.

The promises that service providers cannot keep

What people really rely on to protect them and their privacy are the services that they make use of to protect them. Websites large enough like Facebook and other social media giants have been boasting of fool-proof privacy settings and security that protects from hackers. Yet during a not-so old event of having contact and online information being given to the National Security Agency shows that not even such giants are going to protect one from the breaching of privacy. There are anti-malwares all around the internet that prevent hacking software and spreading viruses, but to have a really reliable protection, one must pay a hefty price.

The only safeguard

Yes, the internet has made it so much easier to enjoy socializing and organizing everyday necessary activities, but still there are threats to the privacy of people. Though many will feel like they are safe, most of those people will more than likely have their online privacy violated in some way or another. There are a couple of things to help protect one’s privacy, but the best one to try is to limit information and reliance on the internet and to be very vigilant in its usage.

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