Over 90% of internet users are concerned about their internet privacy

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Over 90% of internet users are concerned about their internet privacy

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

More than 90% of Internet users are concerned about the confidentiality of their information online. This figure is growing every year, according to experts from the agency “VARTO,” based on data from Harris Interactive.

“More than 30% of Internet users access the network through proxy servers and virtual private networks (VPNs) to use the Internet anonymously. In Ukraine, unrest has increased since the adoption on January 16 of procedural laws (№ 3879) on additional measures to protect the safety of citizens,” – said Natalia Kholod, director of marketing communications agency “VARTO. “

After past scandals with the publication of personal data, accusations of mobile application developers of deliberately stitching geolocation functions in the OS, which allow tracking their owner, have become more frequent. Interestingly, the wave of concern about digital data exchange arose from the events of 2013 related to Edward Snowden. In early June 2013, Snowden passed on to several newspapers classified information concerning the surveillance of US intelligence services on information communications between citizens of many countries through information networks and communication networks. After his revelations, people seriously thought about their online safety.

“The 21st century is a century of information insecurity. There are no codes and passwords in current conditions that can not be cracked, says media analyst of PR-agency “Perfect Solutions” Daria Zubrytska. – A copy of your passport and identification code costs $ 5-7. Just as we keep our hands clean, we need to keep track of the information we leave on the World Wide Web.”

So what to do in the information society with personal security? Whether you know about information hygiene or not, servers that heat the earth’s atmosphere are constantly accumulating information about you personally, your activities, friends, and preferences. It is impossible to permanently delete any of your entries on the network. You delete the entry or delete the image only from your page, and everything is saved on the server. For example, Facebook considers all your records to be privately owned, and you cannot predict how it will dispose of them. The policy on Odnoklassniki and Vkontakte is even more complicated because they are registered in Russia, and the FSB has access to them. So, it is not necessary to emphasize that it is dangerous, but here’s what to do so as not to harm yourself – Daria Zubrytska offers some tips:

Do not post information about your work schedule, photos of luxurious living conditions, or new expensive updates on the Internet. Do not mark your current geography on virtual maps;

  • do not write the date of your vacation on the social network to protect yourself from burglary;
  • do not forget to press the exit from the mail and social network when using someone else’s computer;
  • do not check balances and do not manage bank accounts via the Internet in WiFi zones;
  • do not place the computer with your back to the window;
  • clear your browsing history and cookies on your PC at least once a week.

So, colleagues, we wish you to have safe and uninterrupted traffic!