In today’s world, you don’t have to be a criminal to be a suspect, or a curiosity to those who THINK you may be up to no good simply by the web searches you make, the websites you visit, whom you call on the phone and the like. It is up to us to make the changes necessary to secure our privacy.
It has become very clear that the U.S. Government is, and has been spying on not only U.S. Citizens, but citizens in other countries as well, even if they didn’t commit a crime!
Edward Snowden, the individual who was a National Security Agency (NSA) employee is now on the hot seat for revealing information that the U.S. Government deems as traitorous. Yes, the term traitor has been applied to his name and he is now on the run from what many would call Big Brother, which in today’s world is defined as an overzealous attempt by government agencies to know as much about you, your habits, who you talk to, where you go, what you search for on your computer and what sites you actually visit.
Regardless whether you feel that Snowden is a traitor, or the savior of the Fourth Amendment, Snowden has opened the eyes of millions of people as to what kind of society our government expects us to live in. And that expectation of privacy is much different when listening to government officials speak then it is when you listen to Constitutional Scholars. The gap is wide and growing. The government wants to expand their authority thereby weakening the Constitution, and Conservatives want to hold on to the Founding Father’s concepts as well as take the Constitution verbatim without allowing any wiggle room.
It became public knowledge long ago that the FBI can listen to your conversations, even if your Cell Phone is not turned on. CNet.com reported that in 2006! This adds to the concern that folks have about their right to privacy. According to the report, the FBI can turn you phone on if it is turned off, and use the speaker in the phone as an audio transmitter. Should we be worried about Big Brother? Of course we should, because if the FBI could do it back in 2006, then the NSA, TSA, DHS, and the rest can probably do it these days.
The fact is that there are many things you can do to make your browsing safer, but there are only two things that can make your phone calls more secure. So let’s start with your Internet browsing, and then we’ll go to your Cell Phone security.
Please keep in mind that the purpose of this article is NOT to protect criminals, because they need to be punished. Secondly, they already know about these tools. However, to protect your Fourth Amendment rights of privacy, as well as help you secure your electronics from unwanted and dangerous spying by Internet companies, I have provided this information.
Things to do to make your Internet browsing more secure.
- If you are using the old (or new) Internet Explorer (IE) for your web browsing, change to either Firefox or Google Chrome NOW! Why? Well, IE is the browser with the most security questions in use today. Many (including this writer) feel that it was planned that way for the benefit of Microsoft. Firefox and Google Chrome Browsers are FREE, as are the plug-ins mentioned below.
- With both Firefox and Google Chrome; plug-ins are available that will keep Internet companies from tracking your moves on the Internet and others that will remove all ads from sites you visit, which is another form of tracking. Yes, it even removes ads from usedview.com.
- The Plug-ins for both Firefox and Google Chrome that will make your browsing more secure and private as well as remove ads are as follows.
- If you don’t have the latest version of these two great browsers, or the plug-ins, get them by clicking on one of the links!
- Adblock Plus for Firefox
- Adblock Plus for Google Chrome
- DoNotTrack for both Firefox and Google Chrome
- Set your computers home page to a safer Search Site that actually does NO TRACKING what so ever. Google tracks your every move on their search pages as do all of the so-called big Search Sites. There are much safer sites than Google, Bing, or Yahoo to do your searching. Additionally, this writer’s opinion is that Yahoo email is very insecure. So be careful there also.
- A FREE web browser that is also easy to use and has lightning speed is DuckDuckGo. All you need to do to get DuckDuckGo is to change your home page to https://duckduckgo.com. This search engine does absolutely no tracking of any kind.
- If you are using Internet Explorer as your Browser, and you don’t want to change to either Firefox or Google Chrome, then you owe it to yourself to change your homepage to https://duckduckgo.com. It’s the least you can do to provide security for yourself, your banking, on-line purchases and more.
Cell Phone Security:
There are only two ways to maintain your privacy on your Cell Phone, and they are listed below.
- It is extremely difficult to track or listen in to a Cell Phone conversation unless the person or agency knows the phone number of the phone the person is using. So, if you want to protect your privacy, purchase what is commonly called a throw away (or non-traceable) Cell Phone. These are available at most retail outlets like Wal-Mart, K-Mart and others. This means that you would avoid long term contracts and it is much more difficult for anyone (or agency) to track you or listen in.
- Additionally, the only way to keep someone (as in the FBI) from turning your phone on without your knowledge to listen to your conversation while the phone is on your desk, or kitchen table is to REMOVE THE BATTERY! Yes, this is inconvenient to say the least, but if you are unsure about who might want to hear your every word, this is the ONLY option that is more or less fail-safe.