Will You Get In Trouble If You Hide Your Identity On The Web?

These days it seems like when you use any service on the web you have to give more and more information about yourself. In the past the web was all about being able to stay anonymous and keeping your privacy. These days every service wants to know your real name and where you live at. They want to know what you do for a living and how many people are in your family. And when you are talking about a service like Facebook they even want to know who your extended circle of friends are and how many people do you still talk to since high school. It is pretty crazy about yourself you are expected to give over the web these days. That is why some people have pushed back against it.


There are a lot of people out there who really care about their privacy. Even if giving out the information is harmless they do not want to be advertised to by every service out there. They just want to be left alone and be able to do their business on the web. While they know that there are some services that work better when they know your real name they just feel that everyone does not need to know that much information about them. But there comes a point where some people might go a little far when it comes to hiding their identity. While some of it may be justified, other ways that people try to hide their identity is not. And so sometimes these people are caught and they get in trouble.

Some of the ways that people will try to get around having any of their personal information on the web is by making up information. 98% of the time that is okay and you will not get in trouble for it. But there are certain cases such as when you are filling out your taxes to the government and other things of that nature that you do not want to give out fake information about yourself. That can only lead to trouble down the line and is something that you really do not want to do. Another way that you can get in real trouble when it comes to hiding the information about yourself is when you take someone else’s identity and use that. There have been cases on record when someone wanted to have privacy so they purposefully used someone else’s information and pretended to be that person. This type of activity is known as identity theft and it is something that can really get you in trouble. This is not something that you want to do ever. Even more so these days because identity theft has become a real problem and it is something that they are cracking down on real hard.

And lastly, if you want to hide your identity, you want to avoid trying to web surf on someone else’s connection without permission. A lot of people will do this when they are trying to keep their presence not known on the internet. If you are caught this kind of activity can lead you to getting into a lot of trouble as well. This is especially if you do something illegal while you are on that person’s connection.

There are plenty of ways that you can hide your information online legally. Just make sure you go that route instead of one the ways that we listed here. All of these ways will end up in you getting trouble in one form or another.

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About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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