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12-18 May, 2019 is Privacy Awareness Week. The event is celebrated annually to highlight the most common privacy issues faced by netizens today and the importance of protecting their personal information from prying eyes.
Privacy Awareness Week was instigated by the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) back in 2006. It is celebrated across several countries worldwide, including Australia, United States, Macao, Korea, among others.
Over the past decade or so, digital privacy has come into the focus and for all the right reasons. After all, terms such as privacy breaches, identity theft, and data mining have been making the headlines time and time again.
It is high time that everybody realizes how their online lives show fragments of their offline lives, and how the way we behave online can impact us in reality. Every day, millions of people share their personal information online without thinking that they might be revealing more than what they are comfortable with.
Think about it – how many times have you provided your email address for free Wi-Fi connectivity? How many times have you clicked on “I Accept” without actually understanding what you are getting yourself into? Probably way too many. For these reasons, and more, privacy awareness should not be overlooked at any cost!
We all need places where we can go to explore without the judgmental eyes of other people being cast upon us, only in a realm where we're not being watched can we really test the limits of who we want to be. It's really in the private realm where dissent, creativity and personal exploration lie.– Glenn Greenwald
The message for this Privacy Awareness Week is “Don’t be in the dark on privacy.” You should start by learning about how to protect your privacy on the Internet and understanding the risks and repercussions of poor privacy. Furthermore, you need to learn the difference between what is personal and what is better left private.
In this age, there are many tools available to take your privacy online up a notch, and a virtual private network (VPN) is one of the most important. It not only hides your original IP address but also encrypts all your data and communications so that you can browse with at least some peace of mind.