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Month: June 2019

Digital Privacy – An Elaborate Study Of Security In The Cyber World

Many digital privacy questions have been asked around the internet, some regarding its benefits whereas others were more focused on its disadvantages. In order to give a better understanding of the whole concept of digital privacy, this article has been written to include all the digital privacy pros and cons, reforms, rules and, regulations.

Many digital privacy quizzes and tests are available on the internet in order to increase the knowledge of web browser users about how their personal information and search history may be at risk.

digital privacy advantages

Digital Privacy – Advantages

  • Protects Those Vulnerable To Exploitation

This may include children who are using the internet without any adult supervision or even any permission. With an increase in digital privacy not only will any suspicious websites will be opened but any inappropriate content may also be blocked. Such a private browser may be UR-Browser, this contains the ability to automatically scan any opened websites for viruses and later block them.  

  • Easier To Access All Websites

Similarly, many websites or applications may not be accessible in various countries. With the use of a private browsing system and a virtual private network, many of the said websites or applications can be obtained as these private browsers hide your actual location.

  • Creates A Balanced System

Many “special” users on the internet who are said to be conspiracy theorists always wait for the opportunity for the government to interfere into the daily lives of regular citizens. When internet privacy is being undertaken, these theorists have little to no ability to comment on any posts or blogs which may be abusive or rude.

Digital Privacy – Drawbacks

  • Creates The Potential For Abuse

Although digital privacy is very important and beneficial, there may also be some cons that come with it. First of all, the use of private browsers and virtual private networks creates anonymity amongst many users. This, in turn, results in the ability for users to abuse others as they have no fear of getting caught. VPNs and private browsing networks hide the location and IP address of the user and block websites from gaining access to the user. Thus, people may become abusive by using profane language and comments on different applications or software.

  • May Harm Businesses and Their Market Tracking

Many companies and businesses may use internet tracking in order to gain more information on potential customers by looking up their interests and likes on the different websites that they access and the pages and accounts that they have liked or followed on various social media applications.

Digital privacy protection may hide all this information from marketers which will make it difficult for them to verify whether or not customers may be interested in their products.

Digital Privacy Regulations

Different countries have different rules and regulations regarding digital privacy, however, most of them tend to be of the same concept with the majority of laws being similar. For instance, in 2012, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced as a set of rules and regulations in the European Union that was designed to protect internet users from the tracking and unfair data collection of any kind.

The user must be sure that the certain browser or virtual private network (VPN) that they use is in line with the laws of their country. The UR-Browser follows all the laws and regulations set by the EU regarding digital privacy which ensures its users that their data and personal information will remain safe and secure at all times.

Digital Privacy Risks

Another very important reason to use a private browser and/or a virtual private network is because of the risks involved with the concept of digital privacy.

Internet privacy threats and risks are a massive problem in the cyber world and they should be taken very seriously.

  • Public Wi-Fi

Although it may be slightly shocking, public Wi-Fi is actually extremely dangerous in context to digital privacy risks. This is due to the fact that public Wi-Fi networks have little to no encryption available, resulting in hackers and dangerous third parties being able to easily access the data going through your device and the World Wide Web.

However, through the use of private browsers such as the UR-Browser, this risk may be reduced.

  • Social Network Risks

Although many people use all social media applications, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., they all do involve a very high-risk level.

Facebook includes the user’s location, pictures, phone number and, name, this makes it very easy for potential hackers or stalkers to gain a victim.

Twitter, on the other hand, includes the location of its users on their pictures and tweets.

Many social networking applications have introduced a measure to increase privacy such as including the options for sharing photos, videos and other information with only selected people. However, some other applications are still proving to be a risk to social media users.

Digital Privacy Solutions

The solutions to digital privacy may be too long to discuss. However, when considering software for solving the digital privacy problem, one should look for an application or software that is compatible on both the mobile phone and PC or Mac, has ensured safety policies and, follow legal rules as well.

Many websites and applications nowadays already include a digital privacy statement or privacy policy to make sure that the users are satisfied prior to use.

Digital Privacy Reform

Digital privacy has had many improvements over the last few years in various countries around the world. For instance, many countries have changed or updated the definition of “personal information” in privacy laws in order to make it more appealing to daily factors.

Furthermore, in the United States, the digital privacy Supreme Court case gained popularity in June 2018 when the Supreme Court announced that the Fourth Amendment will be applied to digital privacy matters as well. In more general terms, authorities will need a search warrant to trace and access the mobile phone and other electronic devices during a criminal investigation.

Just as so, many digital privacy reforms have taken place in Japan over the years. The most vital year being 2014, where many changes were bought to the Information Protection Act.

Digital Privacy On Different Computer Software’s And Their Internet Browsers – Everything You Need To Know

You are probably already aware of the extreme importance of digital privacy during the use of internet browsing. Once a person has realized that they should have some sort of privacy on the web where their personal information is protected, the next step is to search for a secure and efficient digital privacy browsing software. 

It is important to know that each software may have a different type of browser which further results in different applications to use for private browsing. For instance, UR-Browser is available on both, Apple and Windows software. Similarly, there may be different methods to download a private browser.

For your ease, we have compiled a list of 7 digital privacy tools that can be used to increase your security while browsing the web.

  • VPNs

Virtual Private Networks or VPNs are networks that hide all of your browsing data from your Internet Service Provider and other third-parties as well as the user’s location.

UR-Browser has a very efficient VPN which enables all your personal information and searches to be protected.

  • Password Manager

Many people do not change their passwords frequently and even use the same password for many different sites. Due to this, there is always a high risk of the user’s personal data being hacked.

The use of password managers helps the user to create long and tricky passwords that may be impossible to hack.

  • Privacy Driven Web Browser

Just like the VPN, UR-Browser also is a privacy-focused browser that hides all your data including third-party cookies or trackers that may be viewing your location and actions.

  • DNS Encryption

Some software also has the option of encrypting your website’s Domain name system from your original one that came from the ISP.

  • Destroying Data

When usually deleting files or folders from a desktop or laptop, they go to the recycle bin, this means that they have not been permanently removed. By using a data destroyer, the recycled files can be fully deleted.

  • Secure Messaging Software

This enables all your private messages to be encrypted.

  • Private Search Engines

You have the ability to choose which of your data is being collected by certain search engines.

Private Browsers in the Apple World

First and foremost, private browsing can be done in Safari on a Mac device. Private Browser Safari can be enabled by choosing the “file” option and then the “private window” option. This activates the private browser on your Mac, however, your Internet service provider may still be able to access your search history and location.

Private Browser In Chrome

In Chrome, private browsing can be activated by going to the “incognito” version. This can be done by clicking the ‘CTRL’, ‘SHIFT’, and ‘N’ buttons together.

Private browser mode can be used by the same directions if one is using windows.

One private browser for Windows can also be the UR-Browser. This hides all the user’s personal data from third-parties or any potential hackers.

Adblocking During Private Browsing

Sometimes adblocking and private browsing may not go hand in hand. This may be because many software only enables Adblock during regular and non-private internet searching.

Other software such as UR-Browser does, in fact, enable private browser Adblock. This can be used in the medium or high versions of the browser.

In more basic terms, even though both Safari and Chrome may offer incognito and private modes, they may not be as beneficial as they do not hide the user’s search history from its internet service provider, employer, school, or, any and all websites that the user may visit.

On the other hand, software such as UR-Browser are able to hide the user’s search history, location as well as other personal information from the school, employer, Internet Service Provider and, all websites.

Moreover, the use of these browsers and/or VPNs, some of which may come with these browsers or are separate, also enable the user to access certain websites that may be blocked within a specific country. For instance, in the previous years, the famous social media app, Facebook, was banned in some countries for some time. However, those users who had access to a VPN were still able to use the social media website.

VPN and Private Browsers in Various Countries

In some countries, the use of VPNs or private browsers is considered illegal. This may be because of certain acts that may be considered illegal. For instance, in the United States of America using a Virtual Private Network is perfectly legal, however, if a VPN is used for illegal purposes such as for illegally using a torrent in order to download a movie, music or games.

The use of torrents is the main problem that is associated with a VPN or private browsers.

In other countries such as China or Russia, the use of VPNs has been completely restricted or banned. In such countries, it may even be difficult to search through and open a private browser. This is where the popular “internet privacy vs national law” debate occurs.

Just as so, sometimes the use VPNs can be legal for some certain websites, however, may breach their terms of use. One popular application with such terms is Netflix.

Some VPNs are generally considered as non-trustworthy. This may be because the use of these virtual private networks may lead to your personal information being shared when any authorities may ask for it. Although, other VPNs may not collect and save any personal data at all.

There may even be some options for a user to access a private browser online, this means that the process of downloading and installing may not have to be completed. This method, however, may be very rare nowadays as more advanced software has been introduced in the market.

One of these of which is, UR-Browser, the private browsing software that can be used on both Apple and Windows, regardless of mobile phone or desktop. This also has a built-in Adblock and a virus scanner that is used every time the user opens a new website.

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