After the major NSA PRISM scandal started leaking on the news, many people are waking up and realize their privacy and values are heavily being violated. Most people had no idea this spying program has been secretly going on for several years already.
“The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting.
If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards”, reports the Guardian in a revealing interview with Edward Snowden, a true patriot.
This guide tries to reach all who want to keep their personal data out of the hands of ‘Big Brother’.
Encrypting all your online traffic
The first step towards protecting your online privacy is encryption. Most things you do online are not encrypted, which makes you an easy target for spying eyes like the NSA. By sending all your online traffic encrypted by default, the NSA can not intercept your messages. All they would get is a bunch of scrambled data, which is useless to them.
Furthermore, your actual IP address should be hidden so you can for example, appear to be logging in from Hong Kong. This way, you basicly acquire a new online identity, so when conducting searching on Google or posting in forums, it can’t be traced to you.
All this can be easily achieved by the use of a VPN (Virtual Private Network). With simple click and connect software you choose the location of the VPN server you want to be connect to. For a relatively low price, you can get the VPN provider that suits your needs.
Anonymous email services
When you receive an email, it’s stored on a mail server. The things you upload to the cloud are stored on file servers.
“The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time,” reports the Washington Post in an explosive investigative article.
Nearly all the top internet services — Microsoft Hotmail, Google Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Facebook, Skype, AOL, Apple, Youtube and PalTalk — share ALL your online communications with the federal government. Dropbox is reportedly “coming soon”.
You should be cautious what you do or say on those internet services. Never use information that could identify you on such services when setting up an account.
For email, use anonymous email services such as TorGuard and HideMyAss. To have things completely under your own control, setup your own mail server with SSL.
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