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Teenagers are using anonymous messaging services more these days. This is a very good move in times of pervasive Internet snooping. Their parents should take a cue from them. But as anonymizing tools become popular, users should beware of fakes. And they should know that VPN safety is a necessary step towards true online anonymity. They should also be prepared for an environment of anonymity where anyone can send anything and not get caught.
Internet Privacy through Anonymous Messaging and VPN Safety
Steps are being taken by privacy advocates and legislators to help curb the powers of the NSA. Other organizations are working on limiting the abilities of data miners. And still other groups are trying to rein in cyber criminals. It is a long process that often leaves users with outdated methods that the government, Internet companies and online thieves have already broken. But many can and are relying on apps for privacy and anonymity created by trusted developers.
New and improved anonymous messaging apps have been popping up since the NSA scandal hit the Net in June of 2013. And teenagers are increasingly using these apps to keep their conversations private. They may be more worried about friends and family snooping than the NSA. But they have the right idea. Backchat, Ask.fm Secret, Snapchat and Whisper are among the most popular. These are replacing the mainstream social media venues like Facebook and Twitter. Backchat is one of the next generation social media apps that can mask the users’ identities. It and even has the ability to make self-destructing messages. These apps are built to secure their data so they can’t be tracked or spied on.
Anonymous Messaging and Bullying
Cyber bullying is one concern when using untraceable messaging apps. Those using these apps will get more privacy. This could make them more inclined to misbehave. When they learn that they are safe and cannot be observed, bullying will tend to happen. This is already an issue on forums like Ask.fm. But users must realize that privacy goes both ways. Awareness of what can happen and being careful what is shared online goes a long way.