Upon the dawn of the Internet, storefronts have been a major component in the online world. Every day thousands of people perform online money, stock, data, and information transactions. This information travels through the Internet every day, all day.
When speaking in terms of privacy, the Internet does not seem to be a place where private data should be stored. Most online websites that are reputable and have proper security measures in place are typically very safe and trustworthy. Using PayPal or online banking is actually quite safe. Performing an online banking transaction through your bank’s website is usually safe if you have a current Internet browser such as Internet explorer 8, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or Google chrome. Keeping your Internet browser up to date is very important when dealing with direct online transactions.
Although the transactions made online are typically safe as long as you have up-to-date software, the information that stays on your computer is what you need to worry about. The most common type of information stays on the computer is the following:
- Telephone number
- Home address
- Bank account number
- Routing numbers
- Social Security number
- Contact information for friends and family
- Sometimes even your bank PIN is stored on your computer.
- Plus a history of every website you visit.
When you sign up for an e-mail account we usually give our name, address, e-mail addresses. When we sign up for online banking we provide routing numbers, and Social Security numbers. Even when we install software and register products, personal information is stored. Even when just browsing websites that we do not want people to know about a history of That remains stored on your computer. Common locations where this information is stored in include, but are not limited to:
- In the browser cache
- In the browser History
- Hidden system files
- In the system registry
- In the root directory
- In the hidden AppData folder
- In over 200 other Locations
Going through and deleting these files manually is possible. If you know where to look you can find these files pretty easily which actually brings up the next point. If all of this stuff is stored all over your computer then anyone that has access to your computer can see these files. Simply finding the files and deleting Them from your computer does not erase them.
Actually, deleting any file from your computer does not actually delete it. The file is marked as deleted but it is still stored on your hard drive and is still easily access. If anyone was looking for your bank account numbers from Internet cache they could probably find it within a couple minutes even if you clear your Internet cache and empty your recycle bin.