Study about entering personal information on the Internet

In order to surf the Web anonymously it is not enough to hide ones IP address. Additionally, a specially adapted browser, like JonDoFox, is needed to filter browsing data that could lead to an identification of the user. But even this is sometimes not sufficient as researchers of the Carnegie Mellon University have shown. They investigated if and under which circumstances users can be lured into revealing personal information while surfing the Internet. The researchers set up three differently designed web sites where the users should answer several personal questions. The surprising result was that web sites designed less professionally got more personal information. One third of the users entered even their email address on the least respectable looking website which lead in fifty percent of the cases to an identification of the person behind it. The obvious reasoning was that these sites do not so much aim to get personal information of their visitors which was clearly wrong.

As a conclusion we can say that even if we use anonymizing tools, like JonDo and JonDoFox, there is no way to guarantee our anonymity on the net if we are not cautious while offering personal information.


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