Privacy is “workings of your mind”. We share our personal moments captured in images, credit card details, thoughts that are personal or professional with a person or a certain group at different instances of time and want it to be safe and secure.
We use an electronic gadget to share something trusting blindly the service provider company which may have to obey some unveiled laws of that country to which it belong and our data might be at risk.
The surveillance programs can force these companies to store the information and share it with the Government and can even sniff all the data passing through the channels i.e. Wire or Air, and hence compromise our privacy.
Though surveillance programs were in existence before Snowden’s leaks, but after the revelation of NSA’s surveillance programs, we need to think twice when it comes to our privacy.
28% of all Internet users, i.e. 415 Million people say that they use some sort of privacy tool for their Internet browsing sessions to ensure the confidentiality of their surfing location and privacy of the data they share.Research data from 170,000 Internet users worldwide shows 56% users feels lack of privacy while using the Internet, according to a report published by ___GlobalWebIndex_.
Tor, a well known utility to maintain anonymous Internet access has a user base of about 45.13 million worldwide, out of which 21% are from Indonesia, 18% from Vietnam and 15% in India.
In China it is difficult to access many websites, i.e. Facebook, Google, Twitter and YouTube because of the heavily imposed Internet Censorship by the Government. China employs as many as 2 million Internet Analysts to review and block the content which are commercially and politically unfit.
GlobalWebIndex (GWI) suggests, there are about 34% of Chinese users who are addicted to using anonymity tools in order to bypass the Internet Censorship. 60% of which do so for using Google products and 55% for Facebook or Twitter. 160 million Chinese uses VPN, most of them do so to hide their location.
Indonesia also has the world's highest use of anonymity tools among its internet users, with 42 percent using proxy servers or virtual private networks known as VPNs, therefore bypass regional blocks on certain content.
> "VPNs serve a perfect dual purpose for consumers in lots of markets, allowing them to access restricted content and better content as well as stay anonymous," said Jason Mander, GWI's head of trends. "It's a perfect combination and one that is likely to see their popularity grow. It also means that the numbers using sites such as Facebook in China are likely to have been under-estimated, and that Geo-located advertising is completely missing the mark for these internet users."
The Report concludes that there is an exponential growth in Internet users worldwide and which is open for surveillance at least by the country you showing your location.
To make your virtual life more private, use of crypto tools like Cryptocat, Truecrypt, Tor browser, PGP for emails, cloudFogger for cloud storage is recommended, which in itself is not 100% secure, but will make surveillance agency to invest a bit of extra efforts to get your private details.