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  •  You can do most of that right now. (4+ / 0-)

    Back in the old days, Microsoft had to downgrade the encryption algorithms built into Windows, for all product exported because the US Military bitched about not being able to break the encryption, so they re-classified 128-bit (I think) as a weapon. Windows shipped to Europe with 64-bit.

    Needless to say it took about 10 minutes to upgrade that and the rules were quietly changed.

    These days you can use powerful encryption tools for all of your internet traffic, which will protect some stuff from snooping, but not all.

    When you connect to the internet, most do so via their ISP, or employer. Generally both those entities will record every page call and search your browser makes. They can also intercept every packet of information flowing through a link, and examine or record it. Facebook, for example, do not have to agree to share information if the NSA can tap the fibre-optic cables to the FB data centers.

    If you use a Virtual Private Network, then all the traffic to and from your computer is encrypted. All your employer or ISP will be able to see is a connection to a remote server. They can tell that data is flowing through the connection, but they cannot read it. They have no idea, and no way of knowing what you are browsing or searching for.

    This also obscures your geographic location. The VPN server knows where you are, but no one else does and even that can be further obscured. Most VPN companies do not keep records longer than a week - read their policies.

    This does not protect your Gmail, or Facebook, or other personally identifiable material that you disclose to other websites, but it does make it harder to track much of your online stuff back to you. It's cheap and there is very little overhead.

    I use a VPN for a regular connection from Oklahoma to London, and I get a streaming speed of anything up to 10 megabits per second through it.

    Implementing TOR adds considerably to the security, and it's a bit like protecting your home. You can't make it burglar proof, but you can persuade the burglar that the house next door is a better target.

    The thing about data-mining is that they are not looking for you. They are looking for words, phrases, patterns, and denying them your browsing means that they can't find any :)

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    Who is twigg?

    by twigg on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 12:40:46 AM PDT

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    •  ps (7+ / 0-)

      Be careful with employers.

      They often add key-logging software, and they have the right to seize and examine their own computers at will.

      I said that the NSA can't track your browsing, but the PC you are browsing on keeps records, so don't do anything stupid on your employers computer then come in here complaining that "Twigg said it was okay", when you get caught :)

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 12:44:48 AM PDT

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      •  Actually, they can track your keystrokes on (4+ / 0-)
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        cotterperson, Sunspots, twigg, elfling

        pretty much any computer that is plugged into the wall as it is possible to build a keystroke logger into a box that plugs into a regular wall outlet (or even the power meter).  Want to bet those so called "smart meters" will be upgraded with keystroke logging capability as a national security measure?

        You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 02:00:13 AM PDT

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