How to Completely Disappear From the Internet

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Some might say the internet was built on anonymity, paving the way for a place where free speech reigns supreme. But after years of learning about who’s snooping into everything we do online, privacy on the web is hardly a given.

It’s not just about government spying; it’s also about how much data big companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have collected in order to serve up targeted ads—not to mention how much of your personal data gets scooped up in all the breaches and hacks.

There are always going to be good reasons for people to go online without being tracked. For one, anonymity may be the only way for a real whistleblower to reveal corruption, considering how some have been treated. But there’s nothing wrong with wanting to stay anonymous, no matter what you’re doing.

Is it even possible to take control of your own personal privacy online? Ultimately, the only way to stay truly anonymous online is…not to go online at all. That’s not a real option for most of us, though. Here’s a rundown of what you can do to minimize spying, targeted ads, and ID theft as you explore the online world.

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  1. Author Eric Griffith talks about ways that you can completely disappear from the internet. Obviously one of the simplest ways to disappear from the internet is to just go off the internet completely, but that is not a realistic option for most. One option is to get a burner phone to go on the internet with. That is one way to be able to make sure that your information is not going to be tracked. Another way is to check in your settings how much information your browser is giving away. That can help you understand what information has been given away.

  2. As Eric Griffith stated in his piece, if you want to be anonymous forget about getting a smartphone. In most cases this is true, with these companies serving up your data on a silver platter to these companies is ridiculous but we cannot complain because we sign off on it. Many of the user agreements we don’t read include information that most of us wouldn’t sign off on. The amount of data these companies have collected is out if this world. I often speculate if they are listening to our conversations also. You can say a item or something you need and minutes later you will find it on your explore page, google browser, and etc. There has been many claims to this and many people I also know claim that this has also happened to the a crazy amount of times in the past. In some places this kind of thing happens all the time, but we are so naïve. We don’t think anything of it, this something we have to change. In 2021 we rarely if ever have privacy with our smartphones, iPad, or any other devices that require Wi-Fi. The Government can infiltrate anything they want. With the Power the government has, we shouldn’t be surprised that they are observing our every move or watching us very closely. At this point of our lives we have to choose Privacy or security. Yes, it can be very annoying to know that the government has a very close eye on everything you do, but we have to also remember the countless times we have benefited from the government keeping an eye on us. There has had to be countless times where the government has saved people from hacking into our social media accounts, our bank accounts, using our social security, etc. These are things that the government does that are good and we cant even get to say thank you for what you have done because we simply don’t know. If the government had found another way to watch Americans other than tapping into their cell phones, computers, tablets, etc it would upset a lot less more people.

  3. The ability to go completely under the radar while using the internet is just about impossible. In fact, one of the main things that make the internet so easy to use is the collection of our data. For example, imagine having to type your password and email into YouTube whenever wanted to use the platform. I don’t know about you, but I know for a fact that would annoy me. Imagine if there was no “based on what you watched” section on Netflix or Hulu. OF course, this isn’t what people mean by internet privacy but it does still fall underneath that category. You can’t have full internet privacy and still have suggestion tabs on streaming services or your passwords bookmarked into a website, two features that make internet use a lot easier. With that out of the way, personal data being stolen is a huge problem in today’s world due to the amount of stuff that is done online. Just about everything is connected to the internet in some type of way now. Companies are under fire for these practices and techniques used to steal data from consumers. Yes, VPNs and other similar software are good investments, they aren’t 100% safe either. There is no way to become fully anonymous on the internet and in my opinion, we are way too far down the line for that to change any time soon if at all. Companies know how to get away with stealing data. There are too many legal loopholes which allow companies to continue their shady strategies in order to fully eliminate it. The article brings up ways to eliminate yourself and any trace of you from Instagram and Tik Tok. All of these methods however involve you to completely get off the platform. This shows how that you cannot have internet privacy while using a service. Its either you give into the novelty and convivence of a platform and have your data up for grabs or not be able to use it at all. To most, the possibility of your data being strung out is worth it.

  4. There is no complete way to completely disappear from the internet, especially when we use it in our daily lives for school, work, etc. Throughout the year’s humans have learned the pros and cons of using the internet, but don’t see the dangers until they’ve been on the receiving end of an attack through the internet. After reading the article, “How to Completely Disappear From the Internet”, One form of invasion I could relate to the most was my IP address on the internet when I would play on a gaming console. When I was playing an online game against other players and my team started to win, they would pull my IP address and send a bunch of traffic to my router. This traffic caused my internet to go out and was worse during covid when classes were all virtual. I remember putting my two brothers on my hotspot because the internet got hit off during classes which sucked. I started to look into this issue and found botnets as the source of this attack and what astonished me, even more, is that people code their botnets to use. What irritated me was that the website, Xresolver, has all Xbox IPs in their databases and anyone can look up your Xbox Gamertag and pull all your information. One of the steps I took to prevent this is a specialized Blackhawk router that lights a firewall. This worked by connecting to a VPN to hide my IP address from attackers so they could direct traffic to a false IP. After reading this article I will also be updating my passwords so that they require hard encryption that makes it harder for attackers to bypass. It’s important to cover your steps in today’s generation because people dedicate themselves to attacking people through the internet to get information to use for their benefit or to sell. It’s impossible to erase your presence but this website does an excellent job informing readers how to mitigate your presence.

  5. Eric Griffith mentioned that the only way to stay anonymous online is to abstain or not go online. With the developing digital age and technologies like the metaverse, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and many other innovations, it’s getting harder and harder to stay off the grid.

    Griffith lists many different steps users can take to minimize accessibility to their information online. These steps include using a burner, a firewall, VPNs, etc. He argues that there are always going to be good reasons for people to go online without being tracked. “For one, anonymity may be the only way for a real whistleblower to reveal corruption, considering how some have been treated. But there’s nothing wrong with wanting to stay anonymous, no matter what you’re doing”. I disagree with his viewpoint to an extent. Although I agree that users should have data privacy, monitoring should prevent terrorist internet activity. That brings to mind the spyware by NSO called Pegasus, which can remarkably exploit Apple phones which are notorious for their security and user privacy. The justification for Pegasus is to help “licensed government intelligence and law-enforcement agencies lawfully address the most dangerous issues in today’s world. NSO’s technology has helped prevent terrorism, break up criminal operations, find missing people and assist search and rescue teams.” I believe the NSO’s reasoning is rational as it relates to the safety of innocent people. The same justification applies to the use of the “Puzzle Palace,” the nickname for the world’s most powerful and sophisticated electronic eavesdropping and antiterrorism system. It allows supercomputers to monitor and investigate millions of online and telephone messages every day.

    The many loopholes users have to go through to ensure privacy is one of the main reasons why older people avoid technology. According to the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of people over 65 in the U.S. use the internet, up from 14 percent in 2000. The older the person, the less likely she is to embrace the internet, social media, or smartphones. While people of all ages worry about data privacy, those concerns prevent some seniors, such as Lawrence Stephens, a 91-year-old in Mississippi, from using social media. “I treasure my privacy and think about it quite a bit,” said Stephens, recounting how he ordered masks online from Walmart recently and was shocked to learn the company had retained all of his personal information from when he bought a chisel there three years earlier. “They’ll sell this information, so everyone knows how big of a sucker I am,” Stephens said. These concerns would not be as prominent if there were explicit personal data privacy restrictions in place. People would not have to worry about hackers or using a burner if companies were more transparent about their data collection and spying.

  6. Going under the radar on the internet is largely impossible for the average person. In fact, there are so many pathways that companies, hackers, and other trackers can utilize to either get into your system, or at the very least learn whatever they can about it. While obviously there are numerous ways to protect yourself from cyber-crime, just like in real life there are methods to protect yourself from real crime, it is by no means possible to 100% protect yourself. That is of course unless you are a prodigy IT professional focused on cyber-security; then you might stand a chance. The easiest three methods for the average person to protect themselves are probably VPNs and Proxies, alternative browsers, and anti-virus software. For VPNs and Proxies, a lot of the time these services will cost you money. There are plenty of free options of course, but these are largely much less effective, or simply have a usage limit without paying. This is the case for Nord VPN, Bitdefender VPN, among others. Search engines like DuckDuckGo, while good options to cut down on the number of trackers of normal engines, run into the issues of returning some “odd” results. Of course, because google doesn’t own them and therefore the engine does not focus on promoting certain search results, often with searches you will find some odd and unneeded search results, especially when trying to do specific research. Additionally, because adware is still present on DuckDuckGo, it just isn’t personalized, you can expect a fair deal of issues concerning redirecting links from sketchy websites. This, coupled with the fact that DDG has no built in blocker or anti-virus means that you can tend to be less safe when using it. In combination with an antivirus, however, this can be amended. It should be of note that not every antivirus blocks connections; some only focus on the download and file protection side of things. However, there are plenty that will offer ways to protect your online browsing. Bitdefender, the antivirus I use, will block websites it defines as unsafe, or that could potentially be trying to latch onto gaps in the natural compute firewall. Regardless, there are obviously numerous ways to protect yourself, so focus on what you can do. For the most part, people aren’t going to be getting hacked left and right, but ensuring your data as much as you can has too many benefits to pass up.

  7. The only way to truly be private and disappear on the internet, and that is to just not go on the internet at all. Yet, with our world essentially being on the internet 24/7 especially with the spiking of COVID-19 in 2020. The internet is just a part of our everyday life and it should be a priority of everyone on it to be as private as possible. The first way that people can protect themselves on the internet is what we call a “burner.” This can be done in many ways such as a burner phone which is essentially a phone that you use to go on the internet anonymously because it isn’t connected to any of your personal information, or as little information as possible. There are also burner accounts such as email addresses and such that people use for online stuff instead of their actual information. This is similar to using a loaded Visa card, you put a set amount in to the card and then you can use it. There is none of your information involved in the card at all so you and your bank account are protected and safe. Another important thing to make sure you have is what is called a firewall, which is essentially you internet security guards. The firewall helps hackers stay out of your information. When you first buy a laptop you will often see messages about how you can buy a firewall and protect your information. These services are often a good purchase and can help protect you for threats you wouldn’t expect. There are also many things you can do on your devices, such as not allowing the device to give up information such as your location. These simple precautions can protect you from many unsuspecting threats. When I was younger I used to stream on Twitch, which is a service/website where you are able to live stream a game you are playing and people can watch around the world. I was playing with people from my stream just for fun when one of the got really toxic and ended up hacking in to my internet and shutting off my xbox and the internet for a little bit. It was a very scary situation, and I have learned a lot from this experience. While all of the advice is useful in this article I think that while there are all of these defenses on your devices, you yourself are the best protection. It is important to use your head, don’t share your passwords, don’t play video games with strangers, don’t download random things on your computer. Make sure that places that you go on the internet are trustworthy, a simple google search. About a website never hurts, especially if it is for your safety. With all of this said, many companies today are starting to have their workers get a “work phone” which is a specialized phone for as you can guess work. This is an example of a “burner phone” as it is supposed to only have work related software on it, and therefore this information shouldn’t be linked to anyone’s personal information and make the companies information easier to leak. If you want to succeed in life, you are going to have to become comfortable with the internet as it is virtually possible to truly disappear from the internet. Just make sure that you use your head and keep your information safe.

  8. The title of this article, “How to completely disappear from the internet” is a compelling name that left me wondering… how do you completely disappear from the internet anyways? In today’s day and age, everything we do is tracked. Companies track our browsing history to tailor specific ads to our wants and needs, our location is easily accessible by who even knows who, and our social media profiles give out information about who we are to practically anybody that finds it. Upon reading the article, it was quickly made apparent to me that the only way to completely disappear from the internet is to simply not use it at all, which would be impossible. But, there are other ways that the article talks about in which we can limit our exposure on the internet. VPN’s and private internet browsers are a big theme in the world today because they allow us to keep our browsing history mostly private, which can provide some peace of mind. The article also talks about using a disposable burner phone instead of your smartphone to keep your name private when making a call, although this is inconvenient. Basically, there are numerous ways to stay low on the internet, but the only way to disappear completely is to stop using the internet altogether.

  9. I really liked how this article puts into perspective the beginning of people putting content online and how there used to be a consensus that anonymity was important as a content creator. This is very true. I have been watching YouTube for years and I specifically remember a time during the late 2000s and early 2010s where a majority of YouTubers would not show their face in order to protect their identity, and them revealing their faces to their supporters would be a big spectacle. I also remember a time when a majority of bloggers would post using aliases to also protect themselves. These days are long gone, as it seems that the new consensus is that the internet is the best and mot easiest way to market yourself and whatever business you are providing, so anonymity is almost a detriment. Nowadays, we post information on these social media platforms without blinking, whether it be your current location, or your future plans and we just trust that our information is kept safe in whatever database it is going to. Knowing that all you posts and searches on Google are being tracked or kept in a database, whether it be from Facebook, or your internet service provider would make anybody reasonably uneasy about using the internet, and I like that this article points out different ways you can “cover your tracks” and limit your digital footprint. The only method I was aware of that limits your digital footprint was VPN and Incognito Mode in Google Chrome, as it is always advertised in YouTube videos. I also heard that the DuckDuckGo search engine was mostly used to find articles or websites that Google has shadow banned from the public and knowing that there are free methods to limit your digital footprint is very helpful for those who are not a fan of being tracked by ISPs. The only method I would steer clear of that this article highlights would be using the search engine Tor. The story of the Silk Road website that was shut down by the government is how I know about the search engine and I do not have any interest in using it, as it is basically the first stage of being sucked into the dark web, a place I have zero interest in going on and I personally would advise people not to go on.

  10. This article written by Eric Griffith highlights the multitude of ways to minimize spying, targeted ads, and ID theft in the online world. One of the methods listed was to become a fan of the burner. The article stated, “if you want to be anonymous, forget about using a smartphone.” This seems to be really unrealistic to me because nowadays, everyone uses a smartphone. In order to be anonymous when using a phone, you have to use a prepaid phone, aka a burner phone. And even when using burner phones, your location can still be triangulated so you are still being tracked. The only way to completely disappear from the internet is to use no form of technology. I think that at this point in our society, having the ability to be completely anonymous and not get tracked is unrealistic. Most people heavily rely on technology throughout their daily lives, and with that, comes big name tech companies collecting your personal information. While some people may say that as users, we sign off on big tech companies collecting our information by agreeing to user agreements, I do not think that that is fair. Even if we do not agree to the terms and conditions, what alternative is there? Completely staying off the internet is not an option and there is no alternative that does not track your data so I think that it is impossible for someone to completely disappear from the internet. Even though some people are uncomfortable with the thought that our data is being collected, I think that some of the reason is valid. I believe that targeted ads are very useful and beneficial to both the company and the consumer. For example, men do not want to see ads for makeup or purses, and women do not want to see ads for cologne or boxers. Also, the companies do not benefit from their ads not reaching the targeted audience. Overall, I think that this article does a great job at pointing out the many ways to minimize personal data collection on the internet, but in the end, completely disappearing from the internet is not possible in this day and age.

  11. Even though the internet may seem safe for all users, there is truly no way to achieve total privacy on the internet. Some people use the internet as a way to escape and hide their identity, but this is not all people, and also does not hide your personal information. Without you even knowing it, the internet collects your data throughout everything that you do. The government can “spy” on you and try to collect your information, but large companies can also collect information. Tech companies like Microsoft, Facebook, and Google use targeted advertisements to gather data, while hackers can also gain access to your information with you knowing it.

    All of these factors are reasons why it is nearly impossible to disappear from the internet, despite the title of this article. The only way to really achieve this is to completely avoid the internet at all costs. This would be impossible for most people since so much of our lives involve use of technology. School, work, social lives, and more would not be possible without the internet.

    As the article discusses, in the early days of the internet, there was not as much willingness to give information away, and more hesitancy. Although the methods of collecting the information on the internet are completely legal and ethical, people are still the ones who agree to it. The introduction of the internet introduced such a groundbreaking way of collecting information. At first this was not commonplace to people, so they were more careful about what information they willingly give out without a second thought. Since the world is becoming more digitized each day, people are becoming accustomed to this. Sharing financial, personal, or any information online has become second nature to most. I know that I would not hesitate about entering a phone number or credit card information, even if I am not totally familiar with the site. The willingness to share data about yourself has become even more common, and I think that this is because of a transition to an online world.

    As technology advances, we are beginning to use it more and more in our daily lives. As it becomes integrated into almost everything that we do, I believe that this is why we are more comfortable with using it so much and so often. Companies legally have the right to collect your information over the internet, and no privacy is guaranteed, but this becomes an ethical issue. How much violation of privacy is too much? Is it ethical to take this much information, even though it is legal? The line between what is legal and ethical can often be crossed as people get involved with scams and get their information stolen by large companies and hackers. While certain circumstances, but not all, are considered legal, they might not be morally of ethically right to infringe on someone’s privacy like that. Overall, I believe that privacy online can most of the time be nonexistent. This can cause problems in society due to increases in mistrust with the internet and technology overall.

  12. While this article does get very good advice about how to keep your own privacy and anonymity on the internet, I think it fails to acknowledge how difficult it would be to operate certain tasks as far as having a social life in this day and age. The first part that caught me off guard was when it suggested that you use a burner cell phone instead of a regular cell phone. The only reason that I even knew would have a burner cell phone even is, is because I watch old 15-year-old episodes of Criminal Minds occasionally. I don’t see how I could keep a social media presence, which is crucial to social life in this day and age, and a contacts list to keep in touch with all my professional contacts and friends with a burner cell phone. Another thing that I would like to point out is that I think the article failed to explain what the Tor browser really is. The Tor browser essentially is a way to access the dark web and an entire rabbit hole disturbing things and black markets in our world. While Tor does technically give anonymity as all websites on there and in dot onion and your IP address is protected five layers of encryption, the dark web is also home to the most elite hackers in the world. While the Tor browser technically is a private browser, I really think the article should have made an effort to explain what the dark web really is and some dangers that come along with it. I think it should only be encouraged to use by whistleblowers for safety reasons. Aside from those two points, the article made some excellent suggestions about how to protect your own data. I personally started trying to use things like DuckDuckGo and VPNs in order to protect my data as I became more informed about these issues. However, what worries me is that a year or two ago I was completely uninformed about how much data mining happens on the internet and what potential repercussions could be in the future. I worried that too much of my data has already been circled throughout the Internet and is in the back pockets of big tech companies and the wrong people as is, so now is hope for the best and to employ some of the strategies mentioned in this article to protect myself looking forward.

  13. It is clear that having complete anonymity on the internet is close to impossible in this day in age; every website or browser is constantly tracking your information, not to mention hackers. This article, written by Eric Griffith, highlights the precausionary actions in which internet users can take to maximize their anonymity. Some of these actions include making a burner account, use incognito browsing, use search engines that do not track personal data, use VPNs, etc. All of these actions are in attempt to become fully anonymous on the internet, yet since that is near impossible, it ends up just limiting the amount of personal data that can be accessed by outside sources. In my personal opinion, the companies that track data through the internet are in this awkward position currently. I state this because of the resentment that users have towards their data being tracked and used, while online companies get most of their revenue by constructing algorithms that are personal to each user, resulting in the user spending more time or money towards that online company. Taking the steps that Griffith recommends will definatally help to cover up one’s online tracks, yet being completely invisible on the internet is a near possible feat, which many users strive to accomplish.

  14. This article reminds me of cryptocurrency. Here is an article on it. https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-stay-anonymous-online . When you want to be anonymous when it comes to buying anything online, you would use crypto currency. It also reminded me of this because both of these topics are subject to criminal activity. Money has a whole new form similar to communication. Instead of cash and written letters, we use the internet. When you are trying to be anonymous online, you can use cryptocurrency to launder money. If you want to purchase anything on the dark web, you would use cryptocurrency. Even though the internet provides ways to hide your identity, I don’t believe there is a way to truly be anonymous. As the article says, the only way to hide your information, is to not be online in the first place.

  15. The article “how to completely disappear from the internet” explains how to protect your privacy as much as possible against hackers, the government, and people who want to steal your personal information. While the article shows many ways to minimize your risk of identity theft and government surveillance, it is impossible to completely protect yourself from internet. However, in this day and age, it is virtually impossible to avoid the use of the internet since we as a society use it in our everyday lives. All we can do is find ways to protect our information that is put online. Google, which is the most popular browser uses our personal data to help advertisers give their ads to people who are interested in particular products or services. While Google has stated that they do not sell personal data for profits, they still know much about us such as where we live, when we were born, what you look like, and what gender/race you are. According to the article, it is always important to always be aware about how much information about you is on your web browser and the use of private browsing mode when you are on the web. The author also says that using a VPN and private search engines such as Tor is a great way to be anonymous and protect yourself from hackers. Our personal information is at serious risk if we choose not to take advantage of the ways to ensure the safety of our online information.

  16. With the rapid development of computer and Internet technology, network-related concepts such as big data, the Internet, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence have developed rapidly in various fields of the social economy. Among them, the development of e-commerce has achieved the most significant results. However, in the practice of applying big data technology, especially the software represented by e-commerce and APP, there are huge security risks. They do not pay attention to the privacy of users and use APP as a profit-making tool. The phenomenon of “existing customers” gradually surfaced and has already affected people’s daily lives.

    The data collected by the APP already know our image preferences. Even if you have injured your finger someday, buy a band-aid. The platform will find out that you don’t live here based on your location, data, and resources. Band-aid may be an urgently needed item. A box sells for 50 yuan. , You have to be forced to accept “big data-enabled price discrimination against existing customers”, the purpose is to squeeze the surplus-value of consumers to a large extent.

    Don’t think that it’s okay to leak out your seemingly insignificant information. It’s much easier to get something if you are targeted by someone who is interested. Therefore, no matter how small the information leakage is, it is not a trivial matter. Eric Griffith said in his article that if you want to be anonymous and prevent the Internet from affecting your daily life, please do not use smartphones and the Internet, but this is not possible for people in today’s society.

  17. In the article, “How to Completely Disappear from the Internet” by Eric Griffin, the reality of privacy and anonymity online is revealed. Griffin says in his writing that privacy on the internet is hardly a given. Several big companies collect as much data as possible from every user of their sites or apps to accurately advertise to them and collect as much ad revenue as possible. Some may say “if a product or service is free then you are the product;” a statement that is almost too true. This data can be used for anything; it can be sold; it can also be stolen in security breaches and hacks. Besides the truth about online privacy, the article also offers many methods for better protecting your information on the internet. While complete anonymity online is virtually impossible unless one does not use the internet at all, there are a few methods internet users can implement to ensure that their information is a little more secure.
    There is a section in the article that briefly breaks down what information any one person’s devices could be revealing about them. “At the very least, a site knows your IP address… In most cases, it also knows your approximate physical location and probably your time zone, and which language you speak… Your browser can also offer up your operating system, browser type, and which versions of software you run for browser plug-ins. It even reports on the fonts you have installed.” This information produces a unique online fingerprint for any given user’s system which is all it takes for that person to be tracked. A scary thought.
    In today’s day in age, our devices know more about us than we do. Ever notice how convenient certain advertisements are when they pop up? It is almost as if advertisers know when people are thinking of their product, so they flash their advertisement at the perfect time when their product is needed, and they get a click on their ad.
    Another source related to this article, a documentary on Netflix called The Social Dilemma, goes more in-depth of how the internet is affecting everybody in the world by sending subliminal messages, showing certain things at certain times, and sending notifications are all tactics to keep people on their devices for longer. Now it isn’t just about what information about internet users is in the open; it’s also about how it is being used to control them. Another scary thought.

  18. In the article posted by pcmag.com, titled How to completely disappear from the internet, it discusses how the internet was initially supposed to be a place where people’s identity remains anonymous, but that is no longer the case. In today’s online world there are so many factors that compromise the user’s privacy such as data tracing across websites. As the article states “It’s not just about government spying; it’s also about how much data big companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have collected in order to serve up targeted ads—not to mention how much of your personal data gets scooped up in all the breaches and hacks.” While data tracing across websites is a very nice feature to have due to it providing the user with ads that are aligned within their interest it does compromise the users privacy. With that being said, data tracing also helps the companies not only save money but it also helps them expand upon their prospective audiences. For example, data tracing allows companies to target consumers who have similar interests instead of consumers who have no interest in their products or services at all.
    Despite the positive factors that data tracing brings forth, the idea behind the user’s anonymity should be something that the consumer can choose. While things such as incognito browsers do exist, they do bring forth a big inconvenience for the user. For example, a negative to using incognito browsers would be that the consumer is unable to access their search history, which is very inconvenient, especially when conducting important research because once the user removes the tab, they will have to manually find it again, instead of going in their previous search history and opening it back up.
    Aside from the ads and incognito factors, online privacy is a big deal for people who store important documents on their computers. As time has gone on, the online community has seen a massive increase in things such as data security breaches amongst big-time websites such as Google. With that being said, since consumers have to agree to googles terms and conditions to utilize their platform, the user is unable to keep their information hidden as a result of that. With that being said, this brings forth a big negative because the user’s information could be compromised within the data breaches, which is why anonymity should be something that is brought back.
    The article brings forth some great ways to remain anonymous such as “purchasing a burner phone, using a firewall, incognito tabs, VPNs, anonymizing your email, cutting out spam, and social network security options.” Out of all the options listed, the best option for consumers to reserve their privacy would be by using VPNs. According to Wikipedia, a VPN is a “virtual private network extends a private network across a public network and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.” Essentially what this does, is that it ‘spoofs’ the user’s location in which it says that the consumer is elsewhere. For example, when using a VPN in the United States, users can set their ‘location’ to Brazil instead to preserve their privacy.
    However, despite anonymity being a good thing on the consumer side, when it comes to the law aspect, anonymity could be a bad thing. When it comes to the law, there are already laws in place which protect the overall privacy of consumers. According to ncsl.org, consumer privacy is something that varies from state to state, which means that some states may have more protection than other states do. With that being said, when it comes to New Jersey, the law “requires that commercial Internet websites and online services to notify customers of the collection and disclosure of personally identifiable information and allow customers to opt-out.” Along with that companies are not allowed to “disclose consumers date to third parties”. Aside from the consumer protection laws that exist, anonymity will never return due to what goes on within the internet. In today’s age, due to the fact that virtually everything is orchestrated online, the non-anonymous factor ends up doing more good than bad because it helps authorities prevent events from happening before it happens.

    Source:

    Griffith, Eric. “How to Completely Disappear from the Internet.” PCMAG, PCMag, 22 Oct. 2021, http://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-stay-anonymous-online.
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  19. When the internet was first introduced people could only predict how complex it may become. Today the internet is a complex idea where many consumers don’t understand the implications of using it. The beginning ideal of the internet was for it to stay anonymous but now to stay anonymous you must not go on the internet which is impossible in this day and age. The only way for someone to ‘stay’ anonymous is by using a prepaid phone which still can be hypothetically be tracked if you use a credit card. The most comprising part of the internet is how you no longer have anonymity but also that the idea that hackers can get into your information.

    The way hackers can get your information is through IP addresses. We have different types of technology to mitigate hackers but they still find many loopholes to get your information and compromise you. Much of this technology is complex and hard for consumers to understand what they need to do to protect themselves. One use of protection that is using a router, which uses the main network address you have and translate each device to have its own IP address that is only visible to the network. While this is pretty simple when it comes to this security it only gets more complex and harder for consumers to understand and possible even understand why the need to protect themselves because relative to them they don’t hear a lot of people’s information being compromised.

    In today’s world of technology is it almost impossible to not use the internet and even to bypass sites without putting some personal information in to gain access to something. If you need the access, how can you protect yourself, you could use a fake email or address but that protection will only go so far as technology is far more complex and will only grow more complex. With complexity growing how can large companies also protect consumers because soon it may be so complex consumers may have no handle on how to protect themselves and consumers may not even have the power to protect themselves.

  20. The article “How to Completely Disappear From the Internet” by Eric Griffith discusses the methods for users to protect themselves, specifically their private information, from hackers and internet thieves. Due to the increased dependability and time spent on the internet, users are running at a higher risk than ever due to the amount of information that is available to be stolen and observed. Many users are unaware of the information at risk and how easy it is for the information to be taken. Large companies can collect user information, which is the main contributor in aspects such as advertising. This explains why most advertisements will be in correlation to user interests since websites are tracking the sites that you view, as well as what you look up.
    After reading the article, I further demonstrated that I am not doing enough to protect my information. The article discussed a way for users to secure information is by protecting their passwords and specifically using a different password for every account. This issue was also discussed in class and I realize personally I suffer from this issue, as well as my peers. Expanding upon password variety, as well as an increased amount of characters will ultimately give citizens an enhanced level of security. Furthermore, this leads to the common issue many people have, which is saving passwords. Saving passwords is efficient because, in the user’s eyes, it prevents them from having to store and remember usernames and passwords, as the computer does the work for them. The counter to this leads to an increased risk of being hacked since the data is saved to the computer.
    One of the safest ways to secure your data is by using different search browsers and the utilization of VPNs. The article taught me that a browser such as DuckDuckGo offers much better security than mainstream browsers such as Google and Bing. These websites are unique in the sense they don’t access and collect data compared to the larger browsers. The article also talked in great detail about IP addresses and the importance to secure yours since if hackers get access, your information is in trouble. A VPN protects your internet since it moves your location to a different location. This means you can be browsing the internet from Chicago, but your IP will suggest you can be somewhere such as Canada. Everyone needs a VPN because of this strength of security and a strong VPN is affordable and worth the cost. It helps stay anonymous and prevents the risk of hackers and data stealers getting your information. This all proves that there are ways to protect your data and identity, but with all the usage and dependence that is on the internet, it is difficult and takes plenty of effort to stay anonymous.

  21. The article “How to Completely Disappear From the Internet” shows some ways to how to disappear from the internet. The author mentions a few different options. Making a burner account, using incognito browsing, using search engines that do not track personal data, using VPNs, and so on are some of these methods. All of these measures are aimed at becoming utterly anonymous on the internet, but since this is nearly impossible, they only serve to minimize the amount of personal data that may be accessible by third parties. The easiest way, however, would be to completely avoid the Internet to preserve one’s anonymity. No social media accounts, no email accounts, no smartphone, etc. But can you still “survive” in today’s digitalized world? Of course, it depends on each individual’s priorities. In today’s society, everyone is driven to have and achieve more and more, which is impossible without the internet. We are all in the same boat, so to speak. Sure, it makes sense to better protect one’s privacy, but the author’s suggestion to completely disappear from the radar is, in my opinion, very unrealistic. In my opinion, it is not only us who have a responsibility to protect our privacy but especially the companies. Companies should be more regulated when it comes to sharing the data they collect. The personal data are traded like commodities and also sold to other companies. The companies protect themselves legally through the terms of conditions, which in my opinion are unethical. Almost no user really reads these conditions, which leads to the fact that no one knows what they are getting into or have gotten into.

  22. In the article posted by pcmag.com, titled How to completely disappear from the internet, it discusses how the internet was initially supposed to be a place where people’s identity remains anonymous, but that is no longer the case. In today’s online world there are so many factors that compromise the user’s privacy such as data tracing across websites. As the article states “It’s not just about government spying; it’s also about how much data big companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have collected in order to serve up targeted ads—not to mention how much of your personal data gets scooped up in all the breaches and hacks.” While data tracing across websites is a very nice feature to have due to it providing the user with ads that are aligned within their interest it does compromise the users privacy. With that being said, data tracing also helps the companies not only save money but it also helps them expand upon their prospective audiences. For example, data tracing allows companies to target consumers who have similar interests instead of consumers who have no interest in their products or services at all.
    Despite the positive factors that data tracing brings forth, the idea behind the user’s anonymity should be something that the consumer can choose. While things such as incognito browsers do exist, they do bring forth a big inconvenience for the user. For example, a negative to using incognito browsers would be that the consumer is unable to access their search history, which is very inconvenient, especially when conducting important research because once the user removes the tab, they will have to manually find it again, instead of going in their previous search history and opening it back up.
    Aside from the ads and incognito factors, online privacy is a big deal for people who store important documents on their computers. As time has gone on, the online community has seen a massive increase in things such as data security breaches amongst big-time websites such as Google. With that being said, since consumers have to agree to googles terms and conditions to utilize their platform, the user is unable to keep their information hidden as a result of that. With that being said, this brings forth a big negative because the user’s information could be compromised within the data breaches, which is why anonymity should be something that is brought back.
    The article brings forth some great ways to remain anonymous such as “purchasing a burner phone, using a firewall, incognito tabs, VPNs, anonymizing your email, cutting out spam, and social network security options.” Out of all the options listed, the best option for consumers to reserve their privacy would be by using VPNs. According to Wikipedia, a VPN is a “virtual private network extends a private network across a public network and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks as if their computing devices were directly connected to the private network.” Essentially what this does, is that it ‘spoofs’ the user’s location in which it says that the consumer is elsewhere. For example, when using a VPN in the United States, users can set their ‘location’ to Brazil instead to preserve their privacy.
    However, despite anonymity being a good thing on the consumer side, when it comes to the law aspect, anonymity could be a bad thing. When it comes to the law, there are already laws in place which protect the overall privacy of consumers. According to ncsl.org, consumer privacy is something that varies from state to state, which means that some states may have more protection than other states do. With that being said, when it comes to New Jersey, the law “requires that commercial Internet websites and online services to notify customers of the collection and disclosure of personally identifiable information and allow customers to opt-out.” Along with that companies are not allowed to “disclose consumers date to third parties”. Aside from the consumer protection laws that exist, anonymity will never return due to what goes on within the internet. In today’s age, due to the fact that virtually everything is orchestrated online, the non-anonymous factor ends up doing more good than bad because it helps authorities prevent events from happening before it happens.

  23. In this day and age not going on the internet is very hard and there’s no way in life that you still can’t be tracked. Every time you go on the internet you risk your identity being stolen and tracked. Specific ads on products that you recently looked at pop up on your feed or our internet browser which causes an area of concern but I don’t think in 2021 and the world of technology you can go in your everyday life without using the internet, especially wiping your digital footprint clean. The article does suggest some ways in suppressing your digital identity by putting on incognito mode, having a “burner phone” and stopping the use of big search engines. Another interesting way to make sure that your browser is private is the usage of a VPN. The article also provides several services to gain anonymity, but personally, I believe there won’t be a way to completely gain it in 2021.

  24. As I do believe there are ways to stay more secure while using the internet, such as by using a VPN and having encrypted documents or files, but I do not believe it is possible to use and operate on the internet while being a ghost at the same time. The internet is a fantastic invention for the purpose of questions to cooking recipes to anything you want to know, but the internet in the same way is also one of the most dangerous places you can visit. In just a few clicks you can order an item from the other side of the world without even having to type on the keyboard, but there are also very dark places on the internet people should not and it may be a crime to visit. Although using a VPN can help secure your connection and help stay anonymous I don’t believe there is a way to stay completely under the radar because websites track movement and sometimes keystrokes, its very easy to track an IP address, and I’m sure there are many other ways to track a person internet movement. Between so many ways to track a person and the many different websites, you may visit not knowing what their guidelines of tracking maybe I find it very hard to believe there will ever be a way to use the internet fully anonymously.

  25. This article is very interesting to say the least, however, at the same time, it really gives me a headache to read all the different ways to stay private online. Also, lets be honest, staying off the internet really is not an option at this point in life. I feel like this lack of online privacy can be both good and bad. If there is a person saying bad things online or putting out threats, this upper hand in online exposure could actually be big help. One could spend all day following these tips and tricks on how to stay totally private online and not only will they drive themselves crazy, but they would still not be completely safe at the end of the day. I like to try to follow some online privacy rules, but I am not looking to have my computer on total lock down either. I just air on the side of caution when surfing online by using normal, regulated websites as well as using ad-blockers. I have also experimented with passcode vaults, but that is mainly for convenience. I am not the president or anything, so if worst comes to worst and someone hacks my online profile, so be it. I will get it resolved and move on. The files on my computer are not so important to begin with, but even if they were, it is not the end of the world if someone gets into them. I liked the burner phone idea that was first stated, however, I am not sure where you would find a prepaid smartphone not running android or ios, and I am not sure who would go this far just to spread information and not be traced, unless it was really important. Overall, I think it is important to understand, and be educated on, the potential risk you open yourself to when being online, but I also would not drive myself insane trying to find every single way to keep my online profile fully private.

  26. With the world becoming more and more online, and information about anything and anyone becoming much more accessible, there are more reasons that someone might want to erase themselves from the internet so they can hide and disappear forever. More and more companies are collecting data on people through the services that everyone uses and the amount of data breaches with people’s sensitive personal information has been increasing. Disappearing from the internet seems like a way that people can protect themselves and avoid the hassle of things such as identity theft.
    As the article pointed out, the only real way to stay in control and anonymous online is to avoid using the internet at all. This isn’t really practical considering how the internet has become a necessity in people’s everyday lives, but it does point out how there isn’t really much of a way to stay hidden once you are using the internet. There are records and trackers implemented in all types of websites that can be used to identify people and later target them with advertisements. Web history and traffic can be tracked by internet service providers to ensure compliance with their policies and with laws. User account information such as usernames and passwords are stored in databases that are frequently beached and leaked, and once this happens then that information is usually sold on the dark web and leads to people’s accounts being compromised. These breaches have the potential to be worse because some databases store more information than others, such as a user’s address and social security number. This can lead to more problems such as identity theft.
    Although it is improbable that someone will be able to stay anonymous on the internet, there are methods that they can use to limit the amount of their information that they put on the internet. There are also methods that they can use to make sure their information is more secure. Using separate passwords for different services is one example, it eliminates the risk that a data breach from one service will compromise all accounts for a user. Other services such as VPNs can help a user keep their sensitive web traffic encrypted if they are on unsecured networks. Despite methods that users might take to gain additional privacy, it never makes them 100% safe because there is always the chance that an undiscovered exploit is waiting to be found. The tips that Eric Griffith offered in this article will help most people a lot and make it extremely unlikely that they will face serious consequences of using the internet, but it is important to remember that nothing is 100% safe so there is always some kind of risk to using the internet.

  27. In today’s world, almost everybody uses some sort of technology and has access to the internet. Because of this, everyone is subject to being watched while they use devices, and data can be collected from anyone connected to the internet. Things such as targeted advertisements can come from big companies that collect data to find what you like. People think they can stay anonymous online while writing, but this is not true. Everything and anything you do online can be traced back to the person that posted or said something. The only way for people to stay truly anonymous is to truly not go online at all.

    One way people try to stay anonymous is by having a burner device or account. This is not truly anonymous due to the fact that all devices have GPS and tracking systems implemented in their makeup. Every time you visit a website, that website obtains information about your computer. Things such as your IP address can be seen, and this can almost exactly pinpoint a device’s physical location. Even though everything you do is watched and can be seen, there are ways to enhance your privacy. Things such as browser extensions can do this by not directly connecting you to a website for example. Also, a popular choice for privacy is VPNs. These encrypt your IP address and allows you to choose any country to have access to, meaning the internet will believe you are in a different location than you actually are.

  28. A few years ago I deleted many of my different accounts off of numerous social media platforms. Even though those accounts are deleted, I know they are never really gone. This article intrigued me because I wondered is it even possible to delete yourself from the internet? I think back to the second TID for this class with discussions over data mining. In the context of private information and targeted advertisements I find the ability to disappear from online extremely difficult. Of course, taking in a burner phone instead of a smart phone is an option listed. I find using a non-smart phone reasonable only if calling and/or texting is all you wish to do. However, in 2021 a burner phone is hardly an option for most. A smart phone has become the all around expected device to not only make calls, but also search online, play games, and monitor social media. I find the implication of getting firewalls and protective routers practical and appropriate. The only downside to firewalls is many do not know what they are or how to install them. Those who do, however, have a significantly larger safe-guard against hackers. Additionally, I find it unsettling that there has been specific browsers made with the objective of reducing the amount of information hackers and companies can track. I did not know these browsers existed, but I am interested to try them in the future. One thing that I find very similar yet not commonly used, is not allowing websites to store passwords. It is very convenient for internet users to have their passwords saved on sites for a quicker log-in. I myself, have done that in the past. Comparatively, I have also logged-in to my email which searching and shopping online. I do that much less now, and will be even more discreetly after reading this article. As I was reading this article in fact, advertisements were popping up displaying posters I was just shopping for. In the end, there is no way to remain completely private from the online world, without ignoring the internet and smart devices all together. There however can be manual actions to try and prevent too much of your personal information becoming public.

  29. In the article “How to Completely Disappear From the Internet” written Eric Griffith, provides insight to how the internet was supposed to be used and that it was supposed to be a place where a person’s identity remains safe. The reality is in there are many factors that will compromise the user’s data when going from website to website. As the article states “It’s not just about government spying; it’s also about how much data big companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have collected in order to serve up targeted ads—not to mention how much of your personal data gets scooped up in all the breaches and hacks.” Being able to collect this data is a great thing to have for big data providing the correct ads to consumers. Although it is a good thing to have it breaches privacy of the consumer as they think whatever they search up stays in their eyes only and no one else’s eyes. Incognito browsers do exist for consumers who want to be totally private about everything but can be an inconvenience. When doing a research project because it does not allow you to access history so people will have to leave multiple tabs open draining their batteries. Another factor that plays into privacy is having important documents on your computer for work. When I was at my co-op, we had our own browser and main menu to protect from using other browsers protecting the privacy of the documents and information on the computers.
    The article also lists ways consumers can remain anonymous to protect their information and control their privacy. The article suggests to “purchasing a burner phone, using a firewall, incognito tabs, VPNs, anonymizing your email, cutting out spam, and social network security options.” Using these tips will help to protect consumer privacy and using VPN can help set up a private network in public areas as well. If people really wanted to disappear, they would make sure that every store they visit does not give out their personal information. Also, when you get a job make sure you give as little information as possible because when you search a name into Google you may find their information on a company website. The last thing people can do to avoid being on the internet is to never be involved with social media or using a different username then your real name on a social media app. This will help protect personal information from getting out there as well as other information like addresses or relatives to pop up.

  30. Everyday technology is becoming more and more advanced; this can be seen as a good thing, but also poses a few threats to an individual’s privacy and security. Trying to disappear from the internet is often associated with bad people trying to hide all of the evil things that they have done, but normal people have every right to be concerned about what the technology around them actually knows and take control of it. Griffith points out that personal data is constantly being collected, not only from hackers and situations where data is breached, but also by major companies trying to use personal information to “serve up targeted ads.” After learning how much of one’s personal information is on the internet, individuals might be tempted to try and completely erase themselves from it as a whole. As Griffith explains, there isn’t any way to erase the data that is already collected, and that “the only way to stay truly anonymous online is… not to go online at all.”
    Throughout this article, Griffith offers some suggestions on how to “minimize spying, targeted ads, and ID theft” when online. The first thing he recommends is getting rid of a smartphone and opt for a “burner phone” so that your calls are more anonymous. Next, Griffith goes into detail about the importance of routers for home networks having a built-in firewall to help protect individuals from getting their personal devices hacked. He then goes on to explain how much data the browsers themselves collect about individuals and the fact that this data gives each “system a unique fingerprint” that makes it easier to target (especially for advertising). Along with recognizing what data the browser collects on their own, one also must be mindful of the personal data that they are allowing these browsers to store like passwords, images, search history, downloads, and cookies because access to this information can allow sites to figure out one’s “browsing habits.” Griffith mentions that utilizing a proxy server of a VPN may be useful because they “ensure [that] outsiders don’t gather information about you while you’re browsing the web” by making it seem as though you are in a completely different location. Finally, Griffith expresses the importance of keeping one’s email and social media private to keep their personal information even more secure.
    The more that technology advances, the more individuals will be forced to rely on it, and in-turn, the more data will be collected. Previously, when the internet was a ‘newer concept’, individuals were more hesitant about what information they were inputting and mindful of the data that could possibly be collected. Today, the internet has become a part of everyday life and individuals are more concerned with convenience than data privacy/security.

  31. In this article by Eric Griffith, he explains the issue is major data companies have collected lots of our info to give targeted ads. the issue is many of these companies have had major data breaches and have even been rumored to sell our data. People used to worry about the government selling or losing our data. These tech giants are who we should be worried about and are why people cant disappear online. Many people try to say things or post things online without being recognized. IP addresses are a big part in being able to track who posts things and where they are uploading or using the internet. VPNs and private browsers are ways people try to hide their location and what they are searching but many times, these are not very reliable options as they are easily broken through by anyone. Being able to disappear on the internet is not possible in this day and age.

  32. It is interesting to find articles like these that want to help people cover their tracks better online when it comes to technology because really it is almost near impossible to have one’s tracks unknown because the internet has access to really anyone’s information. Having a private browser might help but it really doesn’t mask ones’ address or anything of a sort. Incognito mode doesn’t do much either just doesn’t populate the search history but it does still show your location if a hacker were to get into the system to find oneself. Even the articles state it as well, “Using stealth modes, special browsers, and private search engines won’t make you completely anonymous. But they prevent sites from writing info into your computer, including cookies, which can be used to figure out browsing habits.” This brings into question privacy again and how some companies take advantage of this and use the information they gather from individuals for the purpose of business and it can cause issues for privacy reasons. However, this article does give a lot of good examples that an individual can use to prevent any sort of security breach and also just a few extra steps that can be taken to help with decreasing any sort of misuse of one’s information. A pretty neat trick that was interesting that should be more known to the public is anonymizing ones’ email which can help avoid spam and surveillance. Though it brings the thought that an individual might do all that they can to encrypt and cover their data from the internet does that mean that still applies to the government? Are they allowed to go into one’s information if we have it secured this much because it is possible that they already do sometimes get a bit of our information without our knowledge since companies/businesses are already doing it the possibility isn’t far fetched. To be completely honest, the best way to not be tracked would be to not use the internet at all but even that is hard to do in this day and age. And with the rapid progression of technology as well as the use of it sooner or later privacy of one’s internet will become a much bigger issue to address as well. As of now, the big one that I can think of right now will be the project Facebook or now Metaverse is working on.

  33. The title was something that caught my eye because I love that it talks about disappearing from the internet. As we have known that our society is built on using the internet which allows us to move in different ways. By this I mean we have transferred from the use of paper to the internet which can cause problems. However, let’s start from the beginning where the internet was used to pave the way for free will but this article talks about how our freedom on the internet has turned into a way for others to snoop on individuals. In TID 4 we learned that privacy is hardly given and our lives are more public than we thought. I love that the article talked about how not only the government looks at our data but companies as well such as Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc. I love that author put this fact in there because most people do not believe that the government and these companies would look at what you buy online but if you were to search something off of google you would see that they are giving suggestions about everything that you have ever looked up. This makes me wonder what do these individuals get out of using our data from our devices. I love that the author started by telling us that we should go back to old ways by getting a burner phone which can help lessen companies to spy on you because you are not using technology so they will not have access to look at your data. According to the ACLU “The GPS chips in modern smartphones provide us with many conveniences, allowing apps on our phones to quickly map our location, provide weather updates, and more. But many of those apps don’t keep our location information to themselves. Without users realizing it, apps regularly sell users’ location information to other companies who use it for marketing and other purposes.” However, it talks about burner phones that have trackers which is the only thing that these companies can use to track your data but what happens when you can throw a burner phone away to the point that you won’t be found. This can show that you actually want to disappear from the internet because you don’t want the government and these companies to track which is the first step of disappearing from the internet. The internet was used for freedom but now we have to disappear from the internet.
    https://www.aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/the-u-s-government-is-secretly-using-cell-phone-location-data-to-track-us-were-suing/

  34. Ever since we were kids, everyone would warn us and say, “be careful what you put on the internet, once it’s there there is no way to delete it for good.” To an extent this is true, even if the original post or picture is deleted, there are people who have the capability to find it. There is almost no privacy on the internet, big companies like amazon and facebook track your data and target the ads you see to the items they believe you would prefer.
    There have been plenty of cases and lawsuits about the government or large corporations using someone’s online data that was obtained using questionable methods. To remain invisible on the internet is almost impossible for the average person. Years of knowledge and experience using technology like VPNs and other accessories that can make tracking your internet data more difficult.
    There are steps that the average citizen can take to still ensure they are not as risk for identity theft or other cyber attacks. Clicking on suspicious emails and other types of phishing is a large risk that potentially could cost you if the information entered gets into the wrong hands. The priority for the average internet user should be to take simple steps, like using a private browser when searching for items, and clearing the cookies on your computer should be enough to keep you protected on the internet.
    If you are trying to go above and beyond, keeping yourself invisible on the internet requires many steps and accessories that would cost a lot of time and money. Usually people that go to this extent of trying to hide their identity on the internet are apart of something that is frowned upon, or illegal.

  35. Privacy is a topic that is very understated in our daily lives. With the inevitable and unstoppable rise of big tech companies and technology, people should be more worried with the fact our family knows less about ourselves than technology does. Everything is recorded in the system and used against us. By knowing what we think and what we like, the internet can easily guide us to what they want us to believe and think, brainwashing people to what the leaders of big-tech desire. For example, if a person is against the use of a product that Facebook partners with, the ads and suggested videos could try to show how good the product is and how bad the competitors are, which would end in the person changing its mind and buying the product that Facebook needs to buy. This invasion of privacy that causes knowledge about a person is the root for social media manipulation and brainwashing.
    Another issue I see in people nowadays is their complacency with the fact they are being monitored. I have seen people I know say “I don’t care if they know everything, I have nothing to hide”. I believe this is giving itself to the system which will eventually turn the person into whatever the internet wants to make the person be. It is a slow and gradual process of everyday showing little articles and videos that slowly brainwash the person, to the point she will think she is informed, when she can be only seeing what she is supposed to see.
    Everyone should have privacy to do whatever they want and the internet has been taking away from everyone.

  36. This article is very interesting because it makes you think about how the internet can be very dangerous. The fact that you can get tracked through your phone can be very scary for someone because you may fear someone coming after you. Big companies such as apple, Microsoft, amazon, and all social media platforms have all types of information on you because of all the information they ask us to fill out and the terms and agreement that they make you agree to in order to use their platform. I think this is something people should because of the fact that people will be getting tracked and the feds will be able to go through your privacy and be able to hear and see through the phone.
    This is something that is hard to prevent because we all need phones in order to communicate and for social reason. Also those platforms that ask for information is important and are all important and things we need. So everyone should be careful with what they share. A way this can be fixed is certain apps such as VPN that blocks feds from going through privacy features in phone.

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