Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by Gorilla, May 26, 2013.
Thanks for sharing, though i'm not really surprised to read such.
Do you think anything on the Internet is private? If so, what things are?
Thanks in advance!
There is still some privacy available out there but unfortunately it always involves effort (working with open source software that isn't friendly for the average person) and discipline (good habits and practices).
The tools are out there though:
E-mail can be secured with PGP/GPG
Open source instant message clients offer encryption (Adium, Pidgin).
VoIP can be secured with tools like zPhone.
Web Browsing with TOR can make you more anonymous
VPN can provide data privacy
Full Disk encryption tools are available for personal computers and other computing devices (tablets, mobile phones, etc)
A variety of other encryption tools out there to do things like small containers or individual files.
Password management tools that can go a long way with creating a good secure password habit.
Text messages and phone calls can be encrypted as well.
Other interesting projects (portal, freedombox, etc)
These tools probably need to continue to become easier to use to ever see wide adoption, but in the end new tools probably won't be enough if the legal and political/policy making aspect of civil liberty and the Internet are neglected.
Brother Gorilla ... given the ongoing NSA revelations ... you still think something is private?
If so, how are you so confident?
There are still private ways to communicate. The EFF and other organizations have been supplying information about how to go about doing it since there's some momentum behind all the spying that's been going on.
I don't think any solution out there will always remain private or be perfect for everyone but there are several things government intelligence agencies always complain about and the one thing that keeps coming up is cryptography. Unfortunately, I think people need to realize that any technical solution needs to come with a change in government and policy.
Something you might find interesting about the adoption of encryption:
It makes some pretty valid points about usability of a lot of tools that would help people protect themselves.
There is no privacy. And there never has been. The only encryption schemes that are allowed for public use are the schemes that can be broken by government technologies. Remember.. the government classifies leading edge technologies. That is part of the function of the patent system. Nothing has ever been private. And internet data has been collected and parsed by the government since the old olden days. This whole alledged NSA scandal is common knowledge to anyone working on the Service Provider side of technology.
It really is nothing to worry about. Individuals bent on using the internet for sinister purposes would not be using commercial off the shelf software and protocols anyway. In my opinion.. all of this is more of the government attempting to give the impression that they really have a handle on things.. when the truth is.. other than the flaming idiot criminals that post their intentions and actions directly on facebook.. or discuss them in email.. it's really impossible to track everything that is happening across the global internet.
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