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.
Even though government surveillance is nothing new – just think of Caesar’s spies in the Roman Empire, or the KGB in the former Soviet Union – the Snowden revelations made us realize how much it was a part of our modern lives, too. The fact that agency staff could witness private moments of our lives whenever they liked, even if were up to nothing wrong, was a sobering realization to say the least. Being a good citizen, it seems, doesn’t qualify one anymore for being excluded from monitoring so in this post we are looking at techniques that can help you protect your Internet privacy in the face of mass surveillance.
We are very happy to announce that east-tec Eraser, the latest version of our flagship security and privacy utility, is now available from the East-Tec Store. east-tec Eraser has now over 17 years of experience in protecting your sensitive data and privacy, and securely erasing all evidence of your Internet and PC activity!
This year we worked very hard on implementing as many customer-feedback based new features in east-tec Eraser as possible, as well as improving the intuitiveness of the program. Let me give you a short tour of what’s new, hoping that you’ll be satisfied with what east-tec Eraser has to offer you.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love Chrome. It’s my default browser and I use it all the time for browsing, downloading, chatting, to access my Gmail, Google Docs and so on. But the one thing I definitely wouldn’t use it for is storing my credit card numbers so that it can auto-fill various web-forms for me when I’m shopping online.
The thing is, Chrome lets anyone with physical, or remote access to your computer view the credit card details (numbers, expiry dates, cardholder names, physical/billing addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers) it has saved for you, without being asked to enter a master password first!
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.