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Using Common Sense, When It Comes To Online Privacy… Read All The Tips

by CHWatch on March 10, 2012

Online Privacy

While the internet is a great way for users to gain quick access to relevant information and gives shoppers the ability to purchase products from the comforts of their own home, cyberspace is also a potentially hazardous and dangerous realm. If not accessed with caution, users can be exposed to all sorts of man-made computer viruses and hackers. These threats can erase all of the important documents from your hardware and exploit sensitive information for personal gain, for example. While spyware and anti-virus software is designed to catch potential hackers and viruses respectively, they are not always 100 percent effective. In fact, according to the most recent FBI statistics, despite the fact that some were protected by anti-spyware and anti-virus software, 303,809 people were victims of cybercrimes in 2010—good chunk of them victims of identity theft.

Online Privacy

With that said, computer users and web surfers shouldn’t solely rely on purchased computer protection services to ensure that their information isn’t exposed or deleted. In an effort to serve as a reliable resource for parents, children, professionals, and all computer users, this guide highlights some practical ways people can protect their privacy online.

Investigate Web Site Privacy Policies

A web site privacy policy is a written document that explains the conditions and regulations that exist between a webmaster and user.  Without reading the web site privacy, one may unknowingly be granting permission for third parties to gain access to personal information, including what kind of computer you are using, where you are using it, what web sites you have accessed in the past and what type of hardware and software is installed in your computer. Generally this type of information is given to companies for marketing purposes. For example, have you ever wondered how random companies got a hold of your e-mail address? That’s probably because you indirectly gave it them whenever a website you visited asked you to enter your e-mail address. So always make sure to read the fine print.

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