On Internet Privacy and Security: What Are Best Practices for Concerned Citizens?

Internet privacy and security are your responsibility. If you do not take sound privacy precautions, you may reveal more of your personal preferences, habits, etc than you wish, and you may find you are haunted by the ghosts of your internet usage in the offline world. If you do not take sound security precautions, you will expose your computer, and your files to being erased, locked out of, or taken over and used for illegal purposes, which you may be held responsible for depending on the laws of your country.

Presently, the threats to your internet privacy and security include the following in order of severity: various governments, organized criminals, marketers and websites who you do not want to collect your information and/or are careless with your information. Commercial tools, such as antivirus and firewalls, do not begin to protect you from all these threats.

You will be able to greatly increase your protection from all threats by following my recommendations. This paper makes the case for internet privacy, and internet security. It then lays out a procedure, in plain language, containing the practical methods that you, as a private citizen, can take to maintain maximum privacy and security online.

This paper is organized as follows:

  • Overview – page 1
  • The case for general privacy – page 2
  • The case for internet privacy – page 4
  • The case for internet security – page 5
  • Case study – the present state of internet privacy: Google – page 6
  • Procedure to help maintain internet privacy – page 7
  • Procedure to help maintain internet security – page 22
  • Hope for the future – page 64
  • Appendix: other useful windows installation settings – page 65


Internet Privacy and Security Best Practices 2010-05-18

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