Americans can be very divided about technology—Apple versus Google versus Microsoft, cloud versus local, and the list goes on. But it turns out we mostly agree on one thing: There's no such thing as Internet anonymity.
Almost 60 percent of polled Internet users don't believe it is possible to remain completely anonymous on the Web, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. More than 85 percent of those surveyed, in fact, have taken steps to remove or mask their digital footprints—such as clearing cookies, encrypting their email, not using their real names online, cloaking their IP addresses, and more. A majority of respondents also said they'd taken even more proactive steps in an attempt to avoid being targeted by hackers, advertisers, and other unwanted online attention.