Online Privacy

Key Terms

Internet Privacy: Limiting who knows what you communicate, research, or store on the internet.
Anonymity: Isolating your identity from your presence on the web
Security: Protecting your online identity from abuse Confidentiality: Protect your communications and only share with those you intend to

Privacy Matters


People often ask "why does privacy matter if I have nothing to hide?" Unfortunately, even if you don't have a strong online presence it can affect your "real life" reputation if someone does something malicious in your name. Caring about your online privacy is an important step in protecting your online identity and reputation.

Types of risks

Acceptable risks

Risks that you intentionally take on
Example: Social media, email, online shopping, mobile apps

Unacceptable Risks

Risks as a result of abuse or malware
Example: Phishing emails, malware, hacking

Proactive ways to preserve your privacy

  1. Use antivirus and firewalls
  2. Only shop on trustworthy websites
  3. Use fake information if a site asks too much
  4. Clear your browser’s history and cache on a regular basis
  5. Use Strong passwords
  6. Update your devices
  7. Be mindful of privacy settings
  8. Protect your home
  9. Be leery of IOT devices (smart home tools)
  10. Be mindful of your WiFi and be sure it is secure