We don’t know where they are, we don’t know when they’ll come for us, but darn it, we’re going to be prepared. In this new age of open, unapologetic government surveillance, it’s important that we as a people rise up to fight back any way we can. Here is a list of the top three ways you can prevent the US and UK intelligence arms from reaching into your private life without permission.
Secure Email Services
Encrypted email is becoming harder and harder to find these days, but there are still plenty of available services who haven’t had the heavy handed fist of the American or British establishments wrapping against their door just yet. Although Lavabit and PrivateSky both crumpled under the pressure, you can still rely on rogue upstarts such as SilentCircle to continue their longstanding legacy of encrypted communication and underground messaging mayhem.
In incognito mode, your browser (whether it be Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera), refuses incoming cookies and Java applets, while immediately erasing your browser history the moment you move onto the next site. This prevents you from making a visible impact on the computer you’re using (extra helpful in libraries or public spaces), and allows you to sign into various services without the concern they may save specific data on your activity while you were using their domain.
Virtual Private Networks
We wouldn’t do ourselves justice if we didn’t recommend one of the best and most reliable methods of tranquilizing your traffic while browsing the open web. Virtual Private Networks are the end-all be-all solution for anyone who is concerned about their IP address becoming public or visible to the wrong eyes, and often come equipped with a bevvy of extra features dedicated to your personal privacy.
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