||Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity
Protecting Web Privacy
By this point, most readers should be beginning
to realize the dangers involved in the loss of privacy and are
wondering what can be done to protect themselves. “An ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure,” the old saying goes, and
that is especially true when it comes to guarding privacy. Every
time a person signs up for a mailing list, posts a blog, or
adds their name to a guest book on a web page, they should consider
privacy issues and act accordingly.
A good first step is to make use of privacy
protection software. These programs are designed to help establish
some level of anonymity for the web surfer by preventing unnecessary
information from being shared.
Another old saying, “an apple a day keeps
the doctor away,” is a good idea for healthy living. Likewise,
the following “apple” contains good ideas for assessing one’s
privacy status. While it is not necessary to check security daily,
periodic evaluations are very helpful. Figure 1.5 shown below
illustrates four areas that should be considered to help ensure
better privacy protection.
Figure 1.5 - The apple of security
The sections that follow will focus on the four
elements of the apple of security.
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