Facebook is a champion of this kind of misuse by constantly changing its privacy policies and eroding default protections. For more in-depth guides, we recommend the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Surveillance Self Defense site and
Also note that 1), some of these tools are kind of complicated if you aren’t tech savvy; and 2), many require 2-way encryption to work (so both you and the person you’re communicating with would have to have it installed).
So how you should handle a tricky colleague like this?
Even if you rebelled against technology, ditched your mobile phone, and avoided using heavily-tracked web services like Facebook and Google, you’d still be on surveillance cameras that capture your face, license plate scanners, and credit databases, among other things. Apple, AT&T, Microsoft, Google, Verizon…companies like these mine your data for commercial reasons, but they end up having to give it up to law enforcement when asked.
Staying more private means keeping your data out of the hands of the private companies that feed the government.
For example, if you’re a user of our stuff, then you probably know that we have a tool in the works that will help mask your contact information.
We’re actually optimistic that people will have privacy 5 years from now than they do today.
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That’s the big question in the wake of the NSA surveillance news that’s shaken the nation. There’s no way to block NSA surveillance completely. It’s important to remember that almost all surveillance starts with private companies.A good starting place if you’re a Firefox user is our collection of simple-to-use privacy add-ons.Here are some of our favorite tools that you can try: Internet Service Provider (ISP): Sonic Wireless provider: Cricket Encrypt an email account you already have: Thunderbird with Enigmail; Mac Mail with GPGTools; Outlook with GPG4Win Private email clients: Unspyable, Countermail, or Shazzle Search engines: Ixquick and Duck Duck Go Mobile calls: Red Phone, Silent Circle Android proxy: Orbot i OS proxy: Foxy Proxy (configure it as a proxy, not a VPN) Mobile photos: Obscura Cam Text messaging: Text Secure Online tracker blocking: our very own DNTMe Web-based chatting: Adium with OTR, Cryptocat Mobile chatting: Chat Secure (i OS)Virtual private networks (VPNs): i VPN, Private Wifi Hard drive encryption: True Crypt Web browser: Tor Browser (and Mozilla’s Firefox is the best major browser on privacy) Mobile browser: Onion Browser (i OS), Orweb (Android) There’s an emerging consumer privacy movement built around the premise of giving regular web users (regardless of tech-savvy) the power to limit the personal info collected about them, so expect the usability and availability of privacy tools to skyrocket soon.Whether that individual is a Facebook user who refuses to give the site her real name, an NSA whistleblower who tells the world when it’s being watched, or a person using a tool to block companies from tracking him online, each person has the power to move privacy forward or diminish it.You should be concerned about the lack of privacy today, but not pessimistic.Adopt the mindset of only giving out the personal data that you absolutely must—for example, at checkout or when signing up for an online account—to significantly reduce your digital footprint. Just as one bad actor can induce a privacy scare, one good actor – like Edward Snowden, or you – can take the necessary steps to reduce your exposure and strengthen your sense of privacy.