The web or internet has allowed us to eliminate physical barriers, improve communication, and expand our knowledge.  In fact, it has been absorbed into our society very rapidly because what it can do to our daily lives. Through the web, we get to apply for different kinds of jobs, receive fresh news from all over the world as it happens, and also find and gain old and new friends online. Various websites have now replaced our volumes upon volumes of encyclopedia books and also phonebooks.

However, along with the freedom we get on the web comes a decline in our skepticism. Some unwary people may assume that the same laws set in our society to protect our identity and privacy in the real world still applies to the virtual world. However, today, the web remains to be hugely unregulated and the laws and policies set for its use are still premature. The laws that should protect your privacy and identity online still needs further development.

Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States has taken a lenient approach in favor of freedom of speech when it comes to the regulation of the internet. But the federal government has been taking various steps to regulate the web when it comes to gambling and child pornography. And because cyber crimes can be carried out by people outside the U.S., the laws which may protect you may not work the way it should be when it comes to prosecuting criminals that do not live in the U.S. To protect yourself from identity theft and different kinds of cyber crimes, it is important that you know how to navigate through the web safely to maintain your privacy online.

As soon as you get online, you give out information to others at just about every tread of the way. Most of the time, this information is more like a puzzle that still needs to be linked together before your actual identity can be revealed. Each information that you share from one company to another may not make any sense unless they are combined together.  You can easily share vital information about yourself on the web as you sign for internet service, when you respond to anonymous emails, participate in list-serves, and browse the web through web browsers.

To avoid sharing unauthorized information in the web, you may use different websites for different needs. For example, you may use yahoo for doing web searches and google for your emails. This way, you can limit the total amount of retained information by any single site. Another way is to regularly clear your browser’s cookies and log out your email before proceeding to other sites so that your web searches will not be connected to your email.