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3 Ways To Avoid NSA Detection On The Internet

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We unfortunately live in the age of surveillance, when agencies like the  NSA [1] and FBI push and cross the boundaries of unconstitutional actions.

This means that everybody needs to take steps to protect their data and. Obviously, there is no such thing as total protection, and a determined individual or organization with a lot of time and money on their hands can break any security if they want.

But you can make your data and communications so hard to access on the Internet that it will deter the bad guys. The harder it is to access your information, the more likely hackers, spies and other cyber pests will go elsewhere.

Protect Your Data

The best way to deter these interlopers is by putting up several layers of protection, the cyber equivalent of a multi-layered defense. Here are some Internet defenses that work:

1. Encryption. Here’s a quote from somebody who knows a lot about cyber security and how to get around it: ex-NSA hacker Edward Snowden: “Encryption works. Properly implemented, crypto systems are on one of the few things you can rely upon.” Encryption [2] simply means scrambling information so it’s hard to decode. Governments have been doing it for well over a century and the good news is that there are encryption software programs anybody can take advantage of. They include:

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2. Use HTTPS as much as possible. While many websites you surf use “HTTP,” the alternative HTTPS – used by such websites as banks and financial institutions – encrypts the data, making it much harder to hack. Use a browser plug-in called HTTPS Everywhere [16] to help.

3. Avoid services from companies known to cooperate with the NSA and FBI. This includes Google Gmail [17], Hotmail [18], Twitter, AOL, Yahoo, Skype, Apple and other large American technology companies.

This White Paper from the Press Freedom Foundation [19] provides more advanced information. It mentions some of the techniques that journalists like Glenn Greenwald [20] use to protect their data. In today’s world everybody is going to have to follow some of these steps to protect their privacy.

Meanwhile, computer programmer John McAfee says he plans on releasing a $100 anti-NSA device called “D-Central [21]” that will protect citizens from detection. Off The Grid News will monitor its release date.