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Myths and Reality of Online Privacy in 2020

Online privacy is often a subject of debate. Are we protected on the web? By providing more and more information, do we actually protect ourselves from viruses and other malicious programs? Online Privacy is a topic covered so many times so far, and there have been some myths which arose throughout the years. But can we tell a myth from reality?

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Probably the most popular conviction or myth is that Incognito Mode or Private Windows on Your browser helps keep you anonymous and totally safe. The level of privacy offered by popular internet browsers is not particularly high, but there are private modes. What are they and what do they do? These modes prevent your browser from collecting cookies and enabling the site to track your traffic. Remember that it sends tracking pixels to their cache and l fingerprint your IP address. Proxy extensions for your browser help hide your location, limited to your browser functions, they don’t cover your other online communication on your device outside your browser.

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Consider avoiding free VPN services. Using one VPN service is crucial for ensuring maximum possible online privacy, note that all VPN services are created differently and not all provide the required privacy and traffic safety. On the other side, paid VPNs answer to the paying customer, or you in this matter unless they belong to the 14Eyes (14 countries that share surveillance data and/or data and surveillance legislation). When VPN is located in one of those countries, the law represented in the country has the option to request this data at will, and it will be provided instantly. You can check out the 100 + VPN Reviews on VPN Ranks and inform yourself more on the topic.

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The biggest dilemma the majority of people have is about their Facebook privacy and safety. I know for a fact that most people don’t read the privacy and security settings and because of it, you can’t understand it correctly. The important thing is to know at least that settings can be adjusted, any app you add will be granted access to your friend’s list, and your general info like networks, username, cover photo, gender, profile picture, and the name is always transparent to all who visit your profile. When handling your Facebook settings, you will see the advantages that allow you to share your account as much as you like, or close it and limit the information on your will. Basically, the bottom line is that your friends can access your data when you have organized your settings adequate.

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We suggest to seriously take hackers because their targets are not set for the “top prises” at all. Small and middle companies that can quickly be forced to pay to protect their data could become an easy target, so take every step necessary to protect yourself and your firm.  As for using the ISPs, it can allow them to see only our activity on their networks. While Google, Twitter, Adobe can use their tracking code to follow up on websites we visit.


Peter is a freelance writer with more than eight years of experience covering topics in politics. He was one of the guys that were here when the foreignpolicyi.org started.