You might have realized by now that when you go online, you’re not actually anonymous. Unless you take measures to protect yourself, there will always be ways for people to find out who you are and what you’re doing. You might not care too much about people seeing you online. After all, it’s not like you’re doing anything illegal. But there are other reasons that you should stay anonymous on the net.
Sponsored Content Is Everywhere
Do you find that you are constantly being hit by ads and sponsored content online? It’s not bad luck, those ads are being marketed directly towards you. Information that companies have picked up through your searches online is being used to market products. If you find these ads are on every page you visit, your only escape is remaining anonymous.
Theft Is Common
It’s true, online theft is an incredibly common occurrence these days, and it’s also easy. If you want to steal from someone online, you just need their internet history. Once you have that, you can find personal information that you can use to commit fraud. This is why you should never search for any sensitive data on a public computer.
You’re Under Surveillance
If Edward Snowden taught us anything, it’s that we’re all being watched, all the time. It doesn’t matter whether you’re breaking the law or not. If that idea concerns you, perhaps it’s time to change things. The infographic below shows how more people are using VPNs to protect their identity online. It may be an option that you want to consider.
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