Ever questioned why Craiglist generates a new email address for you when you contact strangers through the site? Neither have we.
Craigslist’s anonymous email feature is a no-brainer: when communicating with strangers online, you don’t want to give out your email or other personal info.
Online services like Craigslist may raise fear of virtual stranger danger, since the sites’ users directly communicate with each other. But Craigslist’s anonymous emails, as well as other safety features, serve to protect sensitive user information.
The real question is, “why aren’t you using the same safety practices elsewhere in the cyber world?”
Congrats DoNotTrackMe users: you’ve blocked 1 trillion trackers (use hashtag #dnt1trillion)
Abine is proud to announce that DoNotTrackMe has helped over ten million people block one trillion attempts to track their browsing. This highlights the enormous and continuous increase in how companies are tracking and recording your activity online (and then using it against you).
Even the most (seemingly) harmless websites have third party companies tracking your activity. Curious where you find them? Everywhere…
Checking out the weather? Weather.com has 15 trackers.
Quick scan of the sports headlines? ESPN.com has 5 trackers.
Want to look at the news? CNN.com has 10 trackers.
DoNotTrackMe is a simple way to protect your online privacy, which is not-so-private in light of sneaky online tracking companies and recent data breaches. While the 1 trillion trackers milestone demonstrates the magnitude of online tracking, Abine and its users are proof that there’s a way to fight back, and to protect your personal information.
Not already a part of the community? Get DoNotTrackme and join now for free.
It may seem that in the fight for data privacy, the American people are sorely losing. The list of major companies that have been racked with data breaches grows each day, and recent hacks (like that of Yahoo emails) only make internet privacy seem more hopeless. But here at Abine, we’re keeping up with data privacy development, and it’s not all bad news.
Other innovators, government workers, and corporate executives are taking note of the increasing threats to private data. Some creative solutions to privacy problems have already emerged, while other data protection measures will be slower on the uptake.
Tech developers, lawmakers, and credit card companies are among a rising population of people concerned with consumer protection, and collaboration among all of the above is needed in order to improve data privacy standards.
On Friday Yahoo revealed that an unidentified number of their 273 million email accounts were compromised. According to a blog post released by the company, hackers gained access to Yahoo usernames and passwords through a third party database, not directly through Yahoo servers.
Hackers then used these emails to gather personal information about individuals who had recently corresponded with Yahoo account holders. The company has alerted all affected users and reset passwords of impacted accounts.
The fact that Yahoo quickly identified how and why it happened, and immediately found a solution for affected users is great, but why were Yahoo usernames and passwords found in a third party company’s database?
January 28th is an important date for Abine and the citizens of the web; today celebrates the 7th annual Data Privacy Day. Led by the non-profit National Security Alliance, today features online and in-person forums across the globe, all with the goal of promoting best online privacy practices for consumers and companies.
Data Privacy Day 2014 is more relevant than ever as several high-profile data breaches continue to play out. USA Today reports that 2013 set a new record for recorded data breaches: at least 740 million customers’ data stolen. Large-scale data breaches like those at Target and Neiman Marcus during the 2013 holiday season illustrate the importance of protecting your own data.