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Summary

This chapter examined the fundamentals of how the architecture of the Internet itself affects our privacy. Internet components such as IP addresses, domain names, and Web surfing all allow for the leakage of various levels of private information. The amount and sensitivity of the information your ISP has about you illustrate how important it is for the ISP to maintain a high level of security and privacy over customer data. The role your ISP plays in your privacy is very important; its capability to disclose information about you and your activities is described in your terms of service or privacy policy document. Everyone should understand their ISPs' policies regarding disclosure of their private data.

Employing various tools and methods such as anonymous remailers and anonymous Web browsing can keep some of your information from public consumption. These types of programs and services help control disclosure of your private data, help prevent tracking of your online activities, and make it harder for attackers to find out information about your PC.


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