Most Internet users try to hide their digital footprints by removing cookies or encrypting their email, according to a study by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. 86% of Americans surveyed by the institute said they try to live a discrete life online, while more than a half avoid observation by specific people, organizations, or the government.
"Users clearly want the option of being anonymous online and increasingly worry that this is not possible," Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet Project Lee Rainie said in a press release. "Their concerns apply to an entire ecosystem of surveillance. In fact, they are more intent on trying to mask their personal information from hackers, advertisers, friends and family members than they are trying to avoid observation by the government."
The survey of 792 internet users also found that one in five internet users had their email or social network account compromised or hacked. Over 12 per cent have been stalked or harassed online, while almost the same percentage had personal details such as their Social Security Number or credit card stolen by scammers.
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