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Digital Literacy For Dummies by Faithe Wempen

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Chapter 15

Safeguarding Your Privacy

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding online privacy threats

arrow Increasing your privacy on the Internet

arrow Learning how to protect children from online predators

arrow Finding out how to identify and avoid copyright violations

Most people would be pretty shocked to realize how much information about them is available online. Anyone who is determined to collect information about a particular individual — such as a potential identity thief — can often find that information quickly and easily just by consulting publicly available information sources.

After information about you is online, it’s hard to get rid of it; information online tends to persist indefinitely because the whole system is so decentralized; you can get it removed from one site, but 20 other sites have already copied that information. It’s far better to be cautious from the get-go about putting your information out there.

In this chapter, I explain some of the major privacy threats online today and I teach you how to make it as difficult as possible for both advertisers and criminals to target you. ...

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