Why Clearing Your Browsing History Does Not Protect Your Privacy

Why Clearing Your Browsing History Does Not Protect Your Privacy

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but when you clear your history to keep your browsing activities confidential, it’s like moving a folder full of confidential documents from your desk into the desk’s drawer. Even though the folder is gone from the direct view of unwanted people, but the documents still exist and can easily be found with a bit of extra effort.

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How To Cover Your Internet Activity Tracks And Stop People From Spying On You?

How To Cover Your Internet Activity Tracks And Stop People From Spying On You?

Internet privacy is one of the most talked about topics these days. However, without realizing how your computer actually interacts with the web, it is impossible to achieve that desired peace of mind.

To easily understand what’s going on between your computer and the web when you visit various websites, let’s use a simple analogy.

Think of your computer’s hard drive as a blank diary and your computer’s mouse as a ballpoint pen. Anytime you authorize an action on the web with the click of your mouse – whether it is sending a message on Facebook, buying a new tablet on Amazon.com, looking for the best restaurant in town, watching U2’s latest music video, or checking your balance on your Internet banking site – it’s just like writing an entry in the diary.

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How Microsoft Office And OpenOffice Can Compromise The Privacy Of Your Files

Why MS Office and OpenOffice can compromise the privacy

When you think of threats that may compromise your encrypted personal, or business files, the last thing that comes to mind is the popular document editors you regularly handle your docs with. However, the working mechanisms of these applications may pose just as much privacy threats to your files as evil-minded cyber-crooks operating from Russia, or China do.

Case in point, the auto-recovery feature in MS Office and OpenOffice. By default, the apps save copies of docs you are working on to your computer’s hard drive in every 10-15 minutes so that your unsaved edits can be rescued if there is a system crash, power failure, or an application crash.

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Make Sure Financial Sites Don’t Cache Your Sensitive Data

Make Sure Financial Sites Don’t Cache Your Sensitive Data

For a long time now, we have been told that as long as we manage our financial stuff on https and SSL protected sites, our confidential information can’t fall into the wrong hands. The promise is that once the browser is closed, highly sensitive data, such as, your account number, balance, statements, credit reports, etc, are cleared to protect your privacy. However, a study conducted by security firm Independent Security Evaluators proved us all wrong.

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