As for human’s nature, on one side, everyone seems pretty much to take his or her privacy into serious consideration. However, on the other side, everyone is curious about others’ secrets or say privacy(This sentence is translated from the opening words to this article: “How to encrypt yourself”, XinhuaNews, http://www.ln.xinhuanet.com/2004-06/04/content_2254127.htm, June 4, 2004).As broadcasting information becomes easier, personal privacy is becoming easier to collect. I’ll talk about a few common traps and threats around the internet.
1. Signing up. On the internet, signing up usually requires users to offer various amount of personal information to certain software providers or service providers, which would give providers a convenient way to collect some data and do statistics in order to provide better services. Those personal information may includes the user’s real name, age, gender, address, phone number, Continue reading