“I have nothing to hide so I don’t care who snoops around my internet history or who has my personal information.”
Infographic courtesy of University of California-Riverside
The aforementioned quote is spoken in some way, shape or form by many Americans who have forgotten the primary principles our country was founded upon: freedom and liberty. Only 40% of Americans know how to protect their online privacy, according to the University of California-Riverside. This lack of knowledge (and lackadaisical attitude) contributes to the 80% of Americans who just accept government and private company snooping as a “modern fact of life.” The continual rise of identity theft in the USA is also aided by acquiescent Americans.
Online crooks stole $16 billion from 15.4 million Americans in 2016, according to data compiled by Javelin Strategy and Research. That’s up from $15.3 billion stolen in 2015. The study also recorded 1,093 data breaches in business and government sectors in 2016, which set a new record by over 200 breaches. Whether you like it or not, your private data and personal life stories are worth money, investigative and/or business capital to someone, somewhere.
The Perpetual Privacy Project (PPP) was established in March of 2017 to provide people already-existing, mostly free solutions for online privacy. Its nobody’s business what you do online but your own, and nobody should profit from your existence unless you are also profiting. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of online privacy apps, tools and techniques that will allow you to take back your online profile and make it impossible for criminals to target you.
The Perpetual Privacy Project has tested, and in some cases contributed to coding, virtually every app that claims to protect your online privacy. We’ll continue to do so as new apps, software and websites become available.
Some people want to completely disappear from the internet because of all the open, accepted spying by government and corporations in the 21st century. Others just want to make it difficult or impossible for government, identity thieves and private companies to spy on them and pinpoint their locations.
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