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Even with Cookies, How to manage your Information Online

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Even with Cookies, How to manage your Information Online

A certain amount of information is by default sent to a site when you take a visit to that site. This information may include the following:

IP Address: Each computer on the internet has a specific and unique IP address. Which may be either a static or dynamic IP address. You can check your computer's IP address at any given time by visiting www.showmyip.com

Domain Name: The internet is divided into domains, and every account associated with a user has one of those domains. These domains can be identified by checking the URL; for example, .edu indicates an educational institution, .gov indicates a US government agency, .org refers to organization, and .com is for commercial use.

Software Information: It is very much possible for an organization to identify which browser, including the version that you used to visit its site, and also the operating system your computer is running.

Page Visits: Information about which pages you visited, how long you stayed on a given page, and whether you came to the site from a search engine is often available to the organization operating the website.

If a website uses cookies, the organization may be able to get more information, such as your browsing patterns, which include other sites you've visited.

If the site you're visiting is malicious, files on your computer, as well as passwords stored in the temporary memory, may be at risk.

Are you exposing any other personal information?

While one of the methods for gathering information is the use of cookies, the simplest way for attackers to have access to personal to you is to ask you for it. By representing a malicious site as a legitimate one, attackers may be able to convince you to give them your address, ATM Card information, NIN, BVN, or other personal data (see :Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks).

How can you limit the amount of information collected about you?

Be very careful of giving out sensitive and personal information – unless the site is a trusted one, don't give your address, password, or ATM Card information. Look for indications that the site uses SSL to encrypt your information.

Limit cookies - If an attacker can access your computer, he or she may be able to find personal data stored in cookies. You may not realize the extent of the information stored on your computer until it is too late. However, you can limit the use of cookies.

Browse safely - Be careful which websites you visit; if it seems suspicious, leave the site. Also make sure to take precautions by increasing your security settings, keeping your virus definitions up to date, and scanning your computer for spyware.

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