The online space has burgeoned so much that every single minute, around 639,800 gigabytes worth of data is transferred around the Internet; in fact, about 47,000 apps are downloaded and more than two million searches are handled by Google in the same time. So much so that online privacy has become a huge issue in recent times, as well as cyber security.
There’s also the rise of cybercrime: aside from identity theft, there’s also the far more insidious data mining, where – depending on the browser and services you use – your every click, website visit, and online purchase can be collected, analyzed and used to create a profile that’s readily sold off to advertisers and other organizations that may not have your best interests at heart.
Fortunately, you can take steps to protect your privacy. Here are some of the ways to protect yourself online without having to pull the online plug, whether it’s choosing the right browser or search engine, or using the right email and other services: