US Government Has "Stolen" The Internet. How To Get It Back?
Bruce Schneier, one of the world's most prominent cyber security specialist has recently published an article at The Guardian, where he has described how weak our information security really is. He has also told about the contribution NSA has given to it. He told that the government and major commercial structures have betrayed Internet and us, have turned it into powerful and the most effective spying tool. We at Jammer-Store company totally agree with that fact. Here we will try to explain why we can't trust the Internet and how to protect your data from overwhelming spying.
It is hard to miss the fact that more and more aspects of our life go to the web. Social medias, news, banking, private conversations and many more are already there. And the problem is that intelligence agencies of the whole world decided that they can get that information without any warrants, permissions and even without telling anyone why do they need it. That's why it is important that people understand that their information is in danger and start cooperate to block such a total spying.
Keep in mind the fact that anything you send via Internet stays there forever, there are no exceptions. We cannot trust media giants that create the infrastructure, which runs the Internet, they've already proven that they are spying on us. Just remember the spying scandal around Huawei, one of the major network hardware provider. Probably major hardware vendors cooperate with law enforcements, such as NSA and intentionally create backdoors in their devices. Smartphones and other modern wireless gadgets are most dangerous here, because they collect so much information in one place. It is really important to conceal really sensitive information form those, because it may be easily accessed there by third parties.
But what can we do about all that spying around us? We can't stop it, or totally block it, the only thing we can actually do is to make spying too expensive for intelligence agencies. First of all, as Bruce Schneier said – encrypt your communications. If you have your own website – let it work over HTTPS, if you are software engineer, encrypt all the connections with TLS or SSL. The main idea here is to make DPI or, such projects as PRISM, and even XKeyscore useless. Law enforcements will still be able to track criminals, but they won't be able to spy on everyone.
You should remember that everything has security gaps, for example, any Windows based PC have two huge backdoors: RDP (remote desktop service) and Skype. Both of those are able to spy on user's activity, and on the user himself, using a webcam and the microphone. And while RDP can be turned off via control panel, to block Skype you will have to uninstall it. In addition, Microsoft has an access to all chat logs in Skype. We need something to replace it.
Of course, there is one more backdoor, but it can be found not only in Windows, that's an Internet browser. Most of them gather data about the user and send those reports to their companies. And we don't know where that data goes after that.
Mobile Internet should also be avoided, because it can't ensure the necessary level of security, as well as Wi-Fi networks. Those are usually used for stealing valuable data, such as Internet banking logins and passwords. But that problem can be solved with a simple universal signal blocker.
Remember that the Internet is just a tool for communication, just like a land-line phone or a post. Your right for privacy works there too and no one can limit it without an according warrant, so don't hesitate to protect your information.