Cyberspace and anonymity: on the way towards cyber-identities

Cyberspace and anonymity: on the way towards cyber-identities

The Internet is full of nameless contributions and unexplored corners — even the foundations of cryptocurrencies were laid out under a “nom de guerre”. At the same time, there is an increasing pressure to establish robust digital identities, if not for the sake of themselves, perhaps for the reasons to facilitate trade and social accountability. Anonymity has become to be such a theme for the day, that a whole bunch of phenomena, like intelligence leaks, incognito blogging and faceless editorials have grown up to be mature enough to influence on the matters of the world. Former legacy concepts of an identity bound to the nation-state could be said to have faced the modern global challenge of cyberspace — a space that builds on top of a richness of diversity, multipolarity, and melange, rather than a search for and a take towards efficient enforcement of singularity.

Modern identities and anonymity in the cyberspace are shaped by mechanisms and concepts like encryption, distributed communication protocols and legacy institutions like “citizenship” bound to a nation-state. More recent thought work considers identities in the cyberspace more from a contextual point of view, recognizing their mutable nature and diversity throughout the societies and traditions in the world. And indeed, many modern surveillance systems have found it practical to rely more on behavioral profiling, even to flirt with biometrics, genetic research, and predictive modeling, than to stick with legacy concepts of identifiers (like name, date of birth, profession and et cetera). Partly this development has been because these legacy concepts were not able to scale to the world (because of their dependence on particular ideological and institutional assumptions), partly just because of certain erosion around the concepts of “individuality” along with recognition and growth of world’s majority populations in China, India and beyond.

Crossing the borders within the cyberspace

Much of the anonymity in the cyberspace depends on the protection of borders of different regimes of identity within the global cyberspace. Some entities may aim to reach towards universal concepts of identity, such as biometrics, genetics or behavioral profiling, yet despite some regimes and companies claim to have acquired superiority in the cyberspace, the reality is that anonymity in practice is still feasible, yet carrying increasing costs and social implications. While there barely is a concept of “total anonymity”, on a practical level, various entities aim to achieve and maintain superiority in the cyberspace to the degree they can operate anonymously, for business, duty, and pleasure as well. Instruments and procedures to maintain anonymity are not necessarily readily available for general public, and a few products have been identified also which act as “honeypots” for specific regimes.

Particularly Tor network, which has widely and for some years already been considered to be “the choice” for the general public, activist, political opposition and other emerging regimes, has at the same time shown up been used as an intelligence source for others. This highlights the two sides of the “security”, where those seeking for increased privacy are in fact “magnetized” into an environment which has double-purpose, on either hand to deliver security and unaccountability towards general public and business communities, but at the same time, “own the regime” by specific, yet perhaps unnamed, authorities. Tor network, for that purpose, albeit could be considered to be a VPN of some sort, has not been recently recommended to be used in cases where anonymity is required on a level that will exceed casual settings.

Proprietary VPN solutions, like Mundo VPN, on the other hand, can deliver an exclusive level of security for their customers. This commercial, yet low-cost product portfolio lets the provider deliver services which fulfill customers required level of security and privacy, yet lower the risk of being identified as honeypot product similar to some opensource products like Tor mentioned earlier.

Endpoint security and application-level identifiers

Some users might inhibit some early expectations on the level of security and privacy a VPN service can deliver. Professional VPN services, like MundoVPN, deliver security level which customers can understand. This will help them to avoid taking unnecessary risks or harbor disproportional assumptions and expectations on the level of security. One of the key mistakes in security expectations when using VPN services is the unawareness of the functions of application-identifiers. This means, in short, that while a VPN service can effectively protect network level security, it does not protect the privacy of the user on the application level. In concrete terms, applications you use, like Google or Yandex, can still identify and track their users online even they did connect via a VPN connection. The only difference is the network address they are connecting from.

This highlights the essential role of VPN in the delivery of accurate security. In conjunction of protective mechanics on other levels of networking, a VPN service provides an effective and strong security on the lower levels and thus is an essential component as one part of the whole “security-stack” for the endpoint and networking. VPN Mundo offers quality and strong security for a good price for its customers globally. Together with proper application-level security mechanisms and procedures, one can rest assured, that their device stays secure and all the network traffic (also DNS queries and responses) are tunneled securely between the endpoint and our servers across the globe.

While a good VPN product can do much good for an average citizen of the cyberspace, it ain’t no silver-bullet either. As described earlier, the overall security level achieved depends on how the VPN software has been configured and what additional security measures are in place. Perhaps one of the most important aspects is the choice of reliable VPN provider. Mundo VPN is one of the most trusted security solution providers globally. We provide you adequate advice and take good care of our infrastructure so that it will properly match the expectations of even most demanding customers, wherever they happen to be in the cyberspace.

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