Few online privacy and Internet Safety tips from a former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Internet Safety Most Important Tips
- Change your operating.
Ms Machon said: Don’t use a Mac. Get off Microsoft Internet Safety, Don’t use any closed proprietary software because they can all have back-doors built into them in the code and because they are closed proprietary nobody can look to see if there are back-doors there.
So move onto something called open-source software (OSS) where the code is publicly available and can be checked by this international community of hacktivists who want to make sure it is safe Internet Safety and not cracked.
- Encrypt your emails.
Ms Machon said: “Once you have that always use PGP encryption for your emails & Internet Safety. This is still to this day pretty much unbreakable. It’s been around for 20 years and it was only released after this huge legal dogfight in the middle of the 1990s because the spooks did not want it to come out.
PGP, or Pretty Good Privacy, increases the security of emails by encrypting the contents.
- Change your messaging programme.
Forget WhatsApp, Ms Machon said: “You can use secure instant messaging programmes such as OTR. It means off the record.”
OTR allows users to have completely private conversations using an algorithm and encryption key for instant messages.
Few Android & iOS messaging apps
- Avoid popular online consumer services like Google, Facebook, and Dropbox.
Google and Facebook have each had their share of privacy scandals over the years and have taken steps to improve, he noted. It’s not enough, though. Their data protection and privacy controls still aren’t up to snuff, according to Snowden.
Dropbox, an online storage solution Snowden skewered for its lack of local encryption. Instead, he recommends services like SpiderOak, whose local encryption means the server never even knows the plaintext contents of the data it’s storing.
- Encrypt your hard drive.
Encrypting your entire hard drive offers protection in case your computer is ever lost or stolen (or seized).
Some newer operating systems have built-in disk encryption tools such as BitLocker, which is standard with Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise, as well as 8.1 Pro and Enterprise. OS X users can use the built-in FileVault 2 encryption tool, while Linux users can opt for a distribution like Ubuntu, with a built-in Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS).
- Avoid online tracking with browser plug-ins.
Advertisers and brands collect an incredible amount of user data, in order to personalize shopping experiences and better target audiences with ads and others can probably see your activity, too.
Some browser extensions to protect privacy
- Encrypt online communications in chat and email.
Protect your online communications and even your phone calls with encryption services.
Silent Circle bills itself as “the world’s solution to mobile privacy” and was designed to protect mobile users from widespread data collection. They offer a variety of voice, text, video, and file transfer encryption packages for individuals and business users.
For online chatting, try a service like ChatCrypt, which encrypts messages before they leave the browser, making them visible only to the opposite end user with the password and instant messaging programmes such as OTR.
- Use secured browsers for online browsing like.