Over the years, as the internet has become increasingly popular, internet privacy has become more and more of an issue. Technology is a two-edged sword. While it can allow you to instantly retrieve information from around the world, it can also allow criminals to track your every move online: from the websites you browse to the files you download. This has become a huge issue in recent years.
The word cookies may bring back memories of Grandma’s chocolate-chip treats, but on the internet it’s quite different. Internet cookies are little tools that websites can use to track your surfing patterns and recognize you when you come back to visit. While this can be helpful which sites such as Amazon.com provide book recommendations and suggestions, it can also be used for evil. When used wrongly, cookies can be used to track and trace personal information. Identity thieves use this to hijack your good reputation and run up huge bills on your account.
Spyware are little pieces of software that can be picked up by surfing any website or downloading files. These programs can track a huge variety of personally identifiable information, from login information to financial sites to credit card and banking details. Hackers can then use this information to steal money from you or even sell it to others for that purpose.
In the past, only dubious-looking websites would give you spyware, but now many people are creating legitimate-looking tools that appear to be harmless. However, once downloaded, they infiltrate your system and expose you to identity theft.
While installing virus-protection and anti-spyware software is critically important, it will not protect you from all dangers. The only way you can be 100% sure no one is tracking you is to surf the web anonymously through internet proxy services. Proxies stand as a middleman between you and the web, retrieving the pages you request and passing them along to you. This way, no evildoers can pinpoint your geographic location or trace you down in any way.