Posted 09/05/2013 at 6:41 PM
Posted 4 years ago
A majority of internet users want to stay anonymous but find it difficult to do so, a new survey by Pew Internet claims.
86% of internet users have attempted to conceal their online activities, by destroying cookies and encrypting email messages.
Also, 55% of internet users have taken steps to avoid observation by specific people, organizations, or the government.
“Users clearly want the option of being anonymous online and increasingly worry that this is not possible,” said Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and an author of a report on the survey findings. “Their concerns apply to an entire ecosystem of surveillance. In fact, they are more intent on trying to mask their personal information from hackers, advertisers, friends and family members than they are trying to avoid observation by the government.”