Others have had to deal with blackmail and sextortion Sextortion is an abhorrent, prevalent blackmailing technique targeting young and old, and is now even more intimidating thanks to social networks like Facebook.
What can you do to protect yourself from these seedy cybercriminals?
Online tracking can be subverted with methods like private “Incognito” browsing Private-browsing mode has many other names, including "incognito mode" in Chrome and "In Private Browsing" in Internet Explorer. Not only that, but the released information included things like sexual preferences and geographical data.
Some people refer to private-browsing mode as "porn mode", but it isn't just for porn addicts. The Ashley Madison dating site was recently hacked by hackers who threatened to leak the entire database unless the site closed. Due to all of this, some people have faced so much humiliation that they’ve been driven to the brink of suicide.
And if you think that these issues won’t ever affect you, you may want to reconsider.
These profiles are usually innocent and marketing-related (e.g.
That might sound alarmist, but it’s unfortunately true. If you know what to look out for, and if you aren’t so confident as to think these things could never happen to you, the safer you’ll be.
Did you know that agencies can track where you go on the Web?
to only show advertisements that you’ll find relevant to your interests), but the scary thing is that these profiles can be used to compile your browsing history.
In the context of adult sites, this may make you uneasy. When this online cheating site had their database hacked and released to the public, millions of cases of infidelity came to light.
Discreet online dating site Ashley Madison (targeted primarily at cheating spouses) has been hacked.