from Activist Post.com: The recent NSA leaks from whistleblower Ed Snowden have publicly
confirmed that digital privacy does not exist. The federal government
and intelligence agencies have direct server access
to the world’s most popular sites and services including Facebook,
Google, Microsoft, Apple, and more. This means that all of your data
when using these services including Skype, YouTube, etc has been
compromised and can be used against you whenever strategically
Always remember, you are being recorded and monitored regardless of
whether you have done anything wrong or not. This includes your emails,
Internet activity, searches, banking activity, passwords, etc.
Basically everything to build a complete profile about who you are, how
you think, how you live, etc. This is very powerful data gathering and
the goal of the intelligence agencies is nothing less than Total Information Awareness to be used to control and manage populations.
For these reasons, I have compiled some helpful tips to help you
maintain your privacy and integrity when using the Internet. These are
by no means comprehensive, but they can be quite useful and give you
some semblance of peace when browsing.
1. Use StartPage.com for all your searches. Known as “the world’s most private search engine”,
StartPage will allow you to search anonymously and securely through
Google. It is probably the only search engine that does not collect or
share any personal information about you.
2. Consider using an Anonymizer such as Tor to protect your identity.
Tor prevents anyone from learning your location, browsing habits, and
is an extremely effective tool against network surveillance and traffic
3. Consider using a private and secure social network like Pidder. This is a private social network that uses encrypted communication and offers the ability to remain anonymous.
4. Use a firewall and a secure wireless connection. Protecting your inbound and outbound network traffic is essential. There are many free software options available for this.
5. Delete your cookies regularly and log out of Facebook when you are not actively using it.
Almost every time you visit a site, you download a cookie from that
site, which is often used to track and collect data about you, the sites
you visit, etc.
6. Cover up or disconnect your webcam when you are not using it. Did you know that your webcam can be secretly activated without you being aware of it? Hackers and intelligence agencies have the ability to do this, so effective countermeasures must be taken here.
7. Learn to use secure email services like HushMail or encrypted email.
Communicating using email is vital and part of our everyday lives. If
we use services like Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo, those services are not
secure and are compromised.
Be smart about how you communicate online. If you take no precautionary
measures, then you should assume that your communications are being
recorded and monitored at all times. Do not discuss illegal or secret
activities on Facebook or through Skype or Gmail. Ultimately, we should
be greatly decreasing our use of these compromised services altogether!
Be aware of what you type and consider their ramifications if ever
made public. We must exercise great discretion and discernment when it
comes to our online activities now. The methods listed above are by no
means comprehensive and are just a small way to boost your privacy. If
you have other privacy tips, please mention them here in the comments
for all to see and benefit from. In the end, it is all up to the user
to do their part in maintaining their online integrity. Safe browsing