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The End of Anonymous Emails

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The End of Anonymous Emails? by Nikki Williams (June 27, 2014)



Why are there anonymous Emails?


First Impression:

The first impression here is the fact that almost all people have receive some kind of anonymous email or text message that is unimportant.



Taking away our power to shield our online existences from intrusion by unprincipled individuals or questionable agencies hampers our ability to protect our most valuable asset: our identities.


Reflection Proper:

The history of Anonymity started back in the 1980s where people would hide their identities when talking about sensitive topics during those time like sex, drugs, etc. As time passes and many users hide their identities or use anonymous emails where people accept the freedom in the internet. Surprisingly spamming came around where people do “troll” comments on forums and spam messages to random emails they can find. I think the best example here in the Philippines is the text messages that you get telling you to send them load because of something urgent from anonymous people. I think almost all Filipinos have experienced that situation. There are worse thing that happen online, cyberbullying is another cause of threats and negative comments from anonymous users. That being said, you are not completely hidden when you use an anonymous name, people with the right knowledge on the internet can still track you by your IP address which is like a unique ID of a device that is connected to the internet. There are ways to protect you from these spams one way is to install some anti-spam software or you can filer spams in your email but still there are flaws in these software or filters. A way to protect your IP is the use of software that encrypts data when a user sends something to a designated place and bounces it to multiple nodes so that only the receiving user know the actual content. More to that these software does not protect you fully because the NSA, the agency that monitors these software, is also monitoring your use of it. With that I can say that using anonymity in the wrong way can cause people harm, disrupt the community or can even be fatal. But since the internet is that thing that connects people, there really is no privacy in the world of the internet. But as humans we should upheld our privacy rights.



5 Things That I've learned (List down 5 things that you've learned from the article)

1. Anonymity started in the 1980s.

2. In the early days people use anonymity to just talk about sensitive things.

3. Anonymity now can cause a lot of damage.

4. We can never be private in the internet.

5. There are software out there that can protect your IP address.


5 Integrative Questions 

1. What will you do when someone anonymous is trolling you online?

2. What do you thing the government can do to prevent this?

3. What do you think will be the future of anonymity?

4. Have you ever tried to send something anonymous to strangers?

5. Do you think there is a way keep something fully private in the internet?



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