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Survey results were released in mid-2015 that provide insight into how everyday users — like you and me — view and value online anonymity in this current day and age. Some of the answers were as expected, but a few were not.

Want to know why you should value your privacy on the Internet? Here are the most common reasons given in the survey.

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1. Compromised personal accounts. We’re talking about things like email and social media being taken over by someone without your permission. Can you imagine the damage someone could do to your name if they gained access to your accounts?

2. Relationship problems due to something posted online. We’ve all posted something online that we eventually came to regret. In fact, it’s not uncommon to hear about how stray comments have made their way back to bosses, resulting in disciplinary action or firings What Behavior Will Get You Into Trouble On Twitter What Behavior Will Get You Into Trouble On Twitter There used to be a time when an employer would laugh at you if you were an avid social media user. Nowadays, employers will think you’re a weirdo if you don’t use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,... Read More .

3. History of being stalked or harassed. Nothing will make you appreciate anonymity more than having your life ruined through the Internet 5 Life-Ruining Ways You Can Be Victimized Online 5 Life-Ruining Ways You Can Be Victimized Online The Internet is not as anonymous as you might think it is. If somebody wants to find out who you are and where you live, the tiniest bit of information can lead back to you... Read More . Be careful when posting personal information online. People can use it to track you down.

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4. Identity theft and online fraud. If you aren’t careful, people can and will break into your accounts, take your money, and turn your life into a living hell. Familiarize yourself with the warning signs of identity theft 6 Warning Signs Of Digital Identity Theft You Shouldn't Ignore 6 Warning Signs Of Digital Identity Theft You Shouldn't Ignore Identity theft isn't too rare of an occurrence these days, yet we often fall into the trap of thinking that it'll always happen to "someone else". Don't ignore the warning signs. Read More  so you’re never caught off guard.

Online anonymity is more important than most people realize, and we all need to one degree or another 3 Undeniable Reasons Why You Need Online Anonymity 3 Undeniable Reasons Why You Need Online Anonymity Many people don't believe in online anonymity, mainly because it has the potential to enable and encourage undesirable behavior. But without anonymity, people's lives can easily be ruined forever... Read More . Even though anonymity is near impossible right now Can You Really Be Anonymous Online? Can You Really Be Anonymous Online? We all have things we'd rather not tell the world about. I think it's time we clear up a few things about anonymity online -- and answer once and for all, whether it's really possible. Read More , within a few years we may actually see a truly anonymous Internet The MegaNet: How an Internet Without IP Addresses Would Work The MegaNet: How an Internet Without IP Addresses Would Work The proposed MegaNet is everything the Internet was meant to be, but is it even feasible or is it all baseless hype? Read More , so cross your fingers!

Do you care about online anonymity? What steps do you take to safeguard your identity? Tell us in the comments below!

Image Credits: Shadowy Guy on Laptop by icsnaps via Shutterstock, Survey Results by Attentiv

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