How To Protect Your Privacy On The Internet

Fight back against big brother surveillance programs. 

Large Man Looking At Co-Worker With A Magnifying Glass

 

In 2001, Jim Sensenbrenner introduced the Patriot Act in order to protect the United States after 9/11.

This led to the NSA spying program, the circumvention of our 4th amendment rights and the loss of our privacy for the sake of “security”.

Sensenbrenner himself acknowledged that the government “misused this power” and “overstepped its authority.”  Source

Senator Rand Paul helped fight back by pushing for the end of government spying as the Patriot Act neared expiration in June 2015.

The establishment ignored him.

Instead, they created the USA Freedom Act.  The bill allowed private corporations to collect your information and transfer it to the NSA.  So, in short, it didn’t end spying, it just gave companies the ability to do it themselves.  Source

Today, dragnet surveillance programs track our phone calls, text messages, internet searches, emails and social media interactions.  The FBI invades homes by recording conversations through computer microphones and webcams.  Source

The question is, how do we fight back against Big Brother?

The following are some cost-effective solutions that will ensure the privacy of your information.

Private Phone calls and text messages: SIGNAL- Dowload this smartphone app to make secure calls and text messages. For supreme privacy, make sure both parties are using the app.  It also blocks service providers from gaining any metadata from your calls.

Private Internet Searching: TOR- This browsing service blocks your location. In addition, it allows you to search anonymously on the internet. It is volunteer run with no corporate interests behind the service.

Private Internet Search Engine: Disconnect Search- www.disconnect.me 

Disconnect.Me does not collect any of your personal information unless you explicitly provide it:

  1. We don’t sell your personal info to advertisers or other third parties.

  2. We share your personal info only when legally required, or when reasonably necessary to prevent harm in an emergency situation.

  3. We retain your personal info, excluding info you make public, for no more than 30 days after you request deletion.

Private Internet Browser:  Mozilla Firefox is essential for safe internet browsing.  It features secure connections, private browsing and a “forget” button to eliminate history from your browser.

Private Social Media Sites: Minds.com- endorsed by members from the group Anonymous, is dedicated to privacy, security and freedom.  The website encrypts all messages to ensure they are not intercepted by third party advertisers or government agencies.

Disabling your webcam from intruders: This may sound rinky-dink but protect yourself by placing a sticker or C-span to block your webcam.

Private Encyrpted Emailing (Mailvelope): This is a multi-step process:

  1.  Download the Firefox add-on: Mailvelope

  2. Create a key- Keys are long strong passwords to prevent invaders from reading your messages. They allow you to lock and unlock your encrypted messages. The key is to be shared with the parties in which you intend to communicate.  Select “generate key” in the options menu. Key sizes are 2048 or 4096. Larger numbers mean greater security.

  3. Create a personal uncrackable password. This is used when receiving messages.

  4. Receive your friends keys- The encryption only works when both parties utilize it. In order to read messages from your inner circle, you must know their keys.  To save the key, select “Import Key” in the options menu, input the key and it will be saved into your contacts.

  5. Compose your encrypted messages- Using your default service, click “Compose” and then select the “Mailvelope” button in the right corner.  An external editor pops up, ensuring that your message remains private and does not save data to your email service.

  6. Decode the encrypted message you received- When receiving a message through your private Key, the message will appear in your inbox with a Mailevelope logo and incomprehensible codes.  To decode these messages, open it and enter your personal password.

Mailvelope is designed to easily integrate with whatever email service you already use.

Implementing these options can be somewhat time consuming, but the benefits greatly outweigh the hassle.

Spread this article in order to help resist the establishment’s Orwellian surveillance state and don’t forget to stay vigilant.

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