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    Internet Privacy Tools

    originally from reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/c...st_in_private/


    Switching search engines is a simple, but good first step to keep keep some of your privacy:
    Search (Google Alternative): DuckDuckGo, StartPage, Yacy
    Here are some other technical measures you can take, if you don't believe the government should be entitled to capture and store your every packet:
    Browser Privacy (novice): HTTPS Everywhere, AdBlock Plus + EasyList + EasyPrivacy + Fanboy, DisconnectMe
    Browser Ref Block: RefControl, Smart Referer
    Browser Privacy (expert): Certificate Patrol, Request Policy, NoScript (FireFox), NotScript (Chrome)
    VPNs: See this list
    Internet Anonymization: Tor, Tor Browser Bundle, I2P
    Disk Encryption: TrueCrypt (Windows / OSX / Linux), File Vault (Mac).
    File/Email Encryption: GPGTools + GPGMail (Mac), Enigmail (Windows / OSX / Linux)
    IM Encryption: Pidgin + Pidgin OTR, Cryptocat, Gibberbot (Android), ChatSecure (iOS)
    IM/Voice Encryption: Mumble, Jitsi
    Video/VOIP Encryption: Linphone (all)
    Phone/SMS Encryption: WhisperSystems, Ostel, Spore, Silent Circle ($$$)
    Decentralized IM/File Txfer/VOIP: Retroshare
    Digital P2P Currency: BitCoin
    Secure Linux: TAILS Linux (LiveCD), Qubes, Liberte Linux
    IP blocking: Peerblock (Windows)
    Stop using Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Skype, etc., and avoid large US based IT services that you don't trust. If the US government and corporations can't resist the temptation to work against your best interests, you certainly don't want to feed them with revenue and data.
    EFF recommendations: Prism Break
    Updated 22 Jun 2013; Much of this info is collected from Reddit threads, not my own info; Further explanations can be found in /r/privacy.
    edit: further elaboration below
    Thanks for the great responses and discussion points on this thread. While I can't respond to each one, I'd like to summarize some key issues as follows:
    We're now in an information arms race. But unlike other historical analogies that might be cited, the scale of our storage and processing capabilities are immense and extremely powerful, and that changes the game. Simple private bits of our lives which we take for granted are now being stored indefinitely. Things like:
    renting a sexy video
    calling a religious overseas relative
    emailing an off-color joke to a friend
    seeking help for depression
    reading up on viral diseases or nuclear reactions
    Whether it's a moment of indiscretion, or just an unfortunate circumstance is irrelevant. Imagine that information in the hands of:
    a boss who wants to lower your wages
    a political opponent
    a criminal
    the town gossip
    The development of big-data dramatically shifts the playing field in favor of those who can access information which is unavailable to the rest of us. Even though you've done nothing wrong, without privacy, these innocuous actions can be gravely misinterpreted.
    A sustainable solution will require us to find policies which enable us to co-exist in this new world of big-data. But we need to hang on long enough for our rather dysfunctional social systems and governments to evolve adequately.
    Your action is important to let our policies catch up with the dramatic implications of mass-surveillance. Please do your part:
    Use encryption routinely (as listed above). This doesn't prevent spying, but it makes it quite a bit harder, and slows the erosion of privacy by making encryption the norm, not the exception. Encrypt information at rest (eg, Truecrypt), and information in transit (eg, HTTPS Everywhere).
    Support groups that protect your digital rights like the EFF. These groups are the most organized digital advocates in existence. But they need your moral support and donations to do their job.
    Educate your neighbors/friends/colleagues on why they should care. US mainstream media is pretty lame, these days, so you need to help your fellow citizens around the world understand what is at stake. We're all going to have to get off our butts or apathy will prevail.
    Support good independent journalism. Whether a blog, The Guardian, or your local newspaper, a free-press is a necessary part of the Democratic process.
    Get out from behind the computer, and join a local civic group. The US political system is broken, and it isn't going to fix itself anytime soon; it will keep getting worse with every day that goes by. The options are to change it from within the framework, or work from the outside... but it needs to change, and that's only going to happen if enough people wake up. Perhaps join /r/restorethefourth

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    Re: Internet Privacy Tools

    if you click on the source link you'll fin the links to the services mentioned here.(easier)

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    Re: Internet Privacy Tools

    Good post brother... If you are worried about your shit getting out there take the time to get to know GPG for encyrpting your shit I started a thread with instructions how to use it.

    Definitely avoid all the sites listed above they will not bat a eye if big bro comes knocking and wants data on you

    I think its frowned upon here but Tor Bundle will protect your IP addy when looking at things you should not be... Like porn at work Its also worth learning how to use. Android people can download a app called Orbot it will teach you how to set it up

    I don't know about apple but as far as android you can get a free app called secure txt it will automatically encrypt your txt locally. And if you talk business with the same people have them down load the app also then you can do a key exchange and it will encrypt over the air too b/c if someone wants to they can get your txt msgs right from the carrier and go around your phone

    Bitcoin is the final touch on everything. Do you hate paying wu fee's? having to show your face to fill out prehistoric paper work. Now there are new rules that even require id :0 lol have your source look into bit coin. Its the totally secure private p2p currency the govt cant touch. Millions of dollars are exchanged in (BTC) a day and it fluctuates on the open market just like any other commodity. Any source could easily switch to accept BTC and pin prices to the dollar nothing would change , It is a giant leap forward in online commerce and its happening sooner then later
    Enjoy Your Ride!

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    Re: Internet Privacy Tools

    Thanks for this!

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    Re: Internet Privacy Tools

    I believe bitcoin may be used in the future by sources, but the problem is teaching the clients how to use this unique system....Its hard enough to get some of these guys to fill out a WU form correctly, try explaining bitcoin to them.....

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    Re: Internet Privacy Tools

    Originally Posted by Flyingdragon View Post
    I believe bitcoin may be used in the future by sources, but the problem is teaching the clients how to use this unique system....Its hard enough to get some of these guys to fill out a WU form correctly, try explaining bitcoin to them.....
    Agreed. Its a leap ahead at this point however not hard to use once u grasp the concept. I feel a thread coming on
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    Re: Internet Privacy Tools

    SH, good stuff. I would love to see more post like this.

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    Re: Internet Privacy Tools

    IDK if I would agree its a leap ahead, I think bitcoin is becoming more prevalent all the time. i.e., the new standard IMO.

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