Prism means we should all be wary – journalists especially!
By Dark Politricks
With the explosion of information about the latest American spy scandal, and the revelation that the USA has been spying on us all for years, isn’t it all about time we all took our Internet security more seriously?
You might have read my earlier article Internet censorship and surfing anonymously but if you are not a “text” reader and felt over-loaded with information then the following links to some nice infographics will help show you just how Google and your browser track, log, identify and make money from your personal information as you surf the web.
They will also show you in a simple way which settings to turn off depending on the browser you use, plus which browser specific plugins to install, to increase your security, improve privacy and reduce your “Internet footprint“.
You may have seen Microsoft promoting their privacy options lately for Internet Explorer on the TV and there is a new setting which the browsers have introduced called DNT (Do Not Track).
Supposedly if you enable this setting in your browsers settings it will pass a special header called DNT (Do Not Track) along to all sites that you visit which is supposed to tell them to respect your privacy and not log or track you. You can actually see this header with tools like HttpFox or Firebug or even most browsers own inbuilt developer console (F12 usually brings it up). When you inspect your Request headers (all the information your browser passes to each site on each request for an HTML page, image or other resource required by websites to work) you will see the DNT header set to 1 if it’s enabled.
However like all these things even though Google’s own Chrome browser has a setting for this new option they themselves DON’T EVEN support it!
Just goes to show you that money is more important than a users security or privacy and that your online data is worth $£€ to the Internet companies.
Have a look at the following pages if you want a nice illustrated guide on how browsers and Internet sites track you online.
You should also look into using secure search engines such as www.startpage.com or duckduckgo.com instead of Google (yes other search engines do exist and are just as good!) as well as researching secure browsers and tools such as TOR for secure Internet browsing.
As journalists are now targets of the American government and whistle-blowers seem to be top of the USA’s execution lists, far ahead it seems of real terrorists, then newspapers and anyone else wanting to bring truth to the masses by exposing government secrets should really be looking at creating secure ways to communicate so as to protect their sources. We long expected that our governments were basically spying on all our emails, phone calls, Internet traffic and now we have been proven right. It is up to you alone to help make it as hard as possible for them to track you if you respect your own privacy.
It may be hard but the easiest thing to do is stay away from any of the big Internet companies and their products e.g Google, Facebook, Skype, Hotmail etc (there are alternatives) and lock down and encrypt your PC and as much of your traffic as possible.
As Ron Paul says in this article he fears the most recent whistle-blower Edward Snowden might even be killed by a US drone strike!
What the fuck is going on USA?
If anyone was mistaken about the real reason for the war on terror and the loss of liberties at home that sprung from it this should come as a big fat punch on the nose warning!
This war is not going to end. Who does anyone think we are ever going to sign a peace treaty with to end it?
No this war was all about allowing the governments of supposed western democratic nations to go draconian on all of our asses and we only have to look at how Obama, a supposed liberal President, is:
- attacking free speech,
- spying on reporters who dare report on the Government,
- going after whistle-blowers which are supposedly protected by the law,
- spying on all Americans and International countries who use the Internet without warrant or probable cause,
- executing American nationals without trial,
- killing innocent people by the hundreds in remote drone strikes,
- supporting al-Qaeda linked terrorists in Syria and Libya, and worse of all,
- increasing the American police state that is still under emergency laws (since 9.11) – with bills like the NDAA to follow on from the constitution killing PATRIOT Act which was brought in by George W Bush.
Whether you like Obama or not a TRUE liberal would not be promoting such activities.