Your Privacy in the Cyber World - How to Protect It?

By: IC
The Internet - a huge collection of computers, connected to share information within each other. That means it is a network of terminals where each of them resembles a portal for a user to connect to this vast community of information sharing, commercial trading, entertainment, and much more.

While you are so obsessed with your involvement in the internet busy sharing data between each portal, the unexpected arise - you found that your PayPal account has a less amount that you used to have, your usual private email was accessed by someone else opening all your unread emails, worse come to worst your kinky picture of you with your girlfriend started to show up in online forums.

This all relates to your personal stuffs you are trying to keep from the public in the internet. Stuffs that you will only hope to let you or a very small or particular group of people to know. Yet, hackers either by monetary benefit or just plain old fun are still out there to try to prove that the virtual security is still breakable, easily.

So how can we protect our personal information from leaking into the virtual public? The answer is - not easy. An example is, for every click or keyboard entry, there is a chance that your input to the webpage is logged by a keyboard logger, for every freeware or shareware you've downloaded, there is a chance to have the keyboard logger installed secretly to your computer. True to us that this is a common tactic used by hackers around, but small precautions from us will avoid getting more information leaked around.

Websites collect information when a user visits them via cookies. This information stays in your hard drive to allow stored data if you have downloaded anything large in size, the cookies will be used to provide faster page opening time. Filling an online payment form will also trigger the cookies to keep a copy of what you've typed. So with your credit card information and home address easily accessible by hackers, you can stop it by just disabling cookies in your web browser, or even let it run as a Read Only file, so that they can't get hold of any personal information.

Also be aware of what queries you have encountered in the net. Emails from people whom you do not know is better to be left in the SPAM box or trash box. Sometimes they might be trying to lure you in with catchy labels and kept asking you for your details - Don't reply to them. This also happens to unknown contacts popping from MSN Messenger trying to ask you out for a dinner whom you assume it's a hot date, but coming to the end when you sensed that it is weird for asking your credit card number and your actual name to make a reservation for a table, you'd better not giving it to someone whom you know barely for 15 minutes!
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