Privacy Matters and why Mozilla cares about it

#What is online Privacy?

-> Online Privacy is called information privacy, is the aspect of information technology (IT) that deals with the ability an organization or individual has to determine what data in a computer system can be shared with third parties.

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#Why Mozilla cares about Privacy

Mozilla is Building a Global Movement to Protect the Free and Open Web.

Mozilla believe the Internet is at its best as a global public resource, open and accessible to all. Mozilla also believe a healthy Internet requires an active, global community. mozilla Advocacy brings together individuals from around the world to educate on and fight for privacy, inclusion and literacy online.

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#Why is privacy important?

“I have nothing to hide, so why should I care?”

It doesn’t matter if you have “nothing to hide”. Privacy is a right granted to individuals that underpins the freedoms of expression, association and assembly; all of which are essential for a free, democratic society.

Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.

– Edward Snowden

Everyone’s trying to track what you do on the Web, it’s no secret that there’s big money to be made in violating your privacy. Sometimes data privacy can be a juggling act in multinational organizations when it comes to fulfilling the needs of the organization and complying with local privacy laws. Ultimately, data privacy boils down to protecting the rights of the individual to prevent others from stealing their identity, knowing their personal information and much more.

*10 Reasons Why Privacy Matters:

  • Limit on Power
  • Respect for Individuals
  • Reputation Management
  • Maintaining Appropriate Social Boundaries
  • Trust
  • Control Over One’s Life
  • Freedom of Thought and Speech
  • Freedom of Social and Political Activities
  • Ability to Change and Have Second Chances
  • Not Having to Explain or Justify Oneself

#Privacy and freedom

Loss of privacy leads to loss of freedom.

Your freedom of expression is threatened by the surveillance of your internet usage – thought patterns and intentions can be extrapolated from your website visits (rightly or wrongly), and the knowledge that you are being surveilled can make you less likely to research a particular topic. You lose that perspective, and your thought can be pushed in one direction as a result. Similarly, when the things you write online, or communicate privately to others, are surveilled, and you self-censor as a result, the rest of us lose your perspective, and the development of further ideas is stifled.

Your freedom of association is threatened by the surveillance of your communications online and by phone, and your freedom of assembly is threatened by the tracking of your location by your mobile phone. Can we afford to risk the benefits of free association, the social change brought by activists and campaigners, or the right to protest?

These freedoms are being eroded, right now. The effects will worsen over time, as each failure to exercise our freedom builds upon the last, and as more people experience the chilling effects.

#What I can do to protect my privacy?

Use HTTPS and SSL Whenever Possible:

  • Always use a secure browser. Look for “https” at the beginning of the web address (the “s” stands for “secure”). Access your accounts from a secure location, using computers and networks that you know are safe and secure.
  • Avoid using public networks and always look for the padlock icon in the corner of the browser, signaling that the website is encrypted.

Create secure Passwords and keep them private:

  • Your passwords should be more than 6 or 6+ characters and contain letters, numbers and special characters.
  • Mix upper and lower case letters.
  • Don’t use personal information (like name or mobile number) or dictionary words.

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Use a Master Password to protect stored logins and passwords :

  • Firefox can save usernames and passwords that you use to access online services, such as banking and email websites.
  • If you share a computer with anyone, it is recommended that you use a master password.

Don’t Overshare on Social Media:

  • Go through your privacy settings on each site and determine what is a good amount of privacy protection.
  • Consider keeping your profile limited to only certain groups or friends.
  • Never post your personal information such as Social Security number, date of birth or your full name in a public place.

Use a search engine that does not track you:

  • A search engine that does not collect or share any of your personal information.
  • A search engine which has no search history, profile or anything else stored, sold, or given to third parties. Sounds like no search engine like that exists?
  • Yes, it does. Check out : DuckDuckGo
  • read more about this and why you should be concerned : https://duckduckgo.com/privacy

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Beware of Scammers:

  • If you receive a suspicious email from a business and you’re not sure if it’s legitimate, close the email, open a new browser, type in their web address and contact them through their customer service.
  • You should know that scammers are real and they will try to steal your personal information if they come across it.
  • Never give out your personal information over the Internet, phone, mail or via text message, unless you know exactly who you are dealing with.

 

Keep yourself safe online. How?

  • Do not reveal personal information inadvertently.
  • Turn on cookie notices in your Web browser, and/or use cookie management software or infomediaries.
  • Don’t reveal personal details to strangers or just-met “friends”.
  • Keep a “clean” e-mail address.
  • Realize you may be monitored at work, avoid sending highly personal e-mail to mailing lists, and keep sensitive files on your home computer.
  • Beware sites that offer some sort of reward or prize in exchange for your data.
  • Do not reply to spammers, for any reason.
  • Be conscious of Web security.
  • Be conscious of home computer security.
  • Examine privacy policies and seals.
  • Remember that YOU decide what information about yourself to reveal, when, why, and to whom

Use encryption!

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Your online privacy depends on encryption. Learn more about how encryption works, why it’s essential to a strong Web, and why it’s worth protecting.

Learn more about encryption: https://advocacy.mozilla.org/encrypt/social/3

Get smart on privacy: In four easy steps-

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/privacy/tips/

Tips:

Lightbeam addon for Firefox:

Firefox Interest Dashboard:

Read everything done ? You did a great job (y)

Now watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcSlowAhvUk

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