Griffith, E. (2014). Stay anonymous online.PC Magazine. 91-102.http://proxy.library.vcu.edu/login?
This article written by Eric Griffith is a periodical about tips and tricks about trying to stay safe online. Griffith looks at different software and methods to staying safe online. There is something that speaks out and that is the statement, “… Social networking has led to a culture of over sharing…” One aspect he looks at is the manipulation of posting things online. There are different methods in trying to keep anonymity. A suggested extreme example was the use of a burner phone because this would minimize the GPS tracking because the real name the phone was under is unknown. One thing that is very common as well is the use of IP address. The IP address can pinpoint locations of each device, which can lead to the tracking of many computers. Bottom-line, there are infinite ways of tracking and there is no way to prevent it but only minimize your online “footprint.”
Ultimately, the only way to stay truly anonymous online is to not go online at all. Because that’s not really an option for most of us in the real world, here’s a rundown of steps you can take to minimize the spying, the targeted advertising, and life-damaging ID theft as you explore the world online.
It has been mentioned before throughout my research that to be able to stay anonymous, one must basically go back to a time with minimal technology such as computers, smart phones, and GPS. Griffith and Krebs share the same beliefs when it comes to privacy and its relation to technology. In Krebs words, the only way to have privacy is to either redefine the term “privacy” or to unplug completely. Another thing that my other sources have not mentioned that Griffith has is identity theft; many people can use software that allows hacking into computers and phones giving information access to a stranger. This hacking can lead to identity theft and spying, which already occurs because of the recording of history, cookies, and cache which codes all the online movement. This helps companies advertise each thing unique the online user such as the advertisements on Facebook.
That said, you’re fooling yourself if you think using social networking (or making any post online) is 100 percent safe—all it takes is an “approved follower” to take a screen grab of something you say and share it with the world for it to get out.
One thing people do not take into consideration is what they post online. Griffith makes a point to say that many things that are posted n social media ends up being manipulated by someone, which can lead to a bad result. These manipulations can be used for consumerism such as clicking on an ad and the ad is almost on ever page you ever browsed or it can be used to locate your address and phone number. This is why it is suggested for social media to not share you email address or phone number because there are databases that can allow the tracking of your phone. This shows another way of tracking which lead to stalking.