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.
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.
3. History of being stalked or harassed. Nothing will make you appreciate anonymity more than having your life ruined through the Internet. Be careful when posting personal information online. People can use it to track you down.
Oh how was my day you ask, not bad just got my identity stolen
— VD (@Vinny_DeMarco) February 22, 2016
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 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. Even though anonymity is near impossible right now, within a few years we may actually see a truly anonymous Internet, 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!