Strategies people use to be less visible online
On a lot of websites, using free email or other services comes at another price: long before the revelations of Edward Snowden about the NSA, Google, Facebook & Co. have been tracking and storing user data.
A study by the Pew Research Center has inquired about the strategies people use to decrease their visibility online. As can be seen in the chart below, 64% of adult internet users cleared their cookies and browser history to mask their online identity.
14% of users take more drastic measures and encypt their communications or use services that allow for anonymous browsing.
- Number of worldwide internet users from 2000 to 2015 (in millions)
Global number of worldwide internet users 2005-2015
- Market capitalization of the largest internet companies worldwide as of May 2015 (in billion U.S. dollars)
Market value of the largest internet companies worldwide 2015
- Number of internet users in selected countries as of March 2015 (in millions)
Number of internet users worldwide 2015, by country
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- Forecast: revenue power-driven hand tool manufacture UK 2009-2020Forecast: revenue power-driven hand tool manufacture UK 2009-2020
- Forecast: revenue organic chemical manufacture - other Germany 2008-2020Forecast: revenue organic chemical manufacture - other Germany 2008-2020
- Forecast: revenue power-driven hand tool manufacture Germany 2008-2020Forecast: revenue power-driven hand tool manufacture Germany 2008-2020
- Forecast: revenue real estate buying and selling Germany 2008-2020Forecast: revenue real estate buying and selling Germany 2008-2020
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