There are diverse security and privacy threats we face in our daily lives. Rise of the digital era has enhanced the frequency of cyber crimes we acknowledge along with the concerns of cyber terrorism. In order to cope with all these concerns, some vigilant agencies such as the National Security Agency started different regimes. However, all these regimes and schemes were taken to the whole new level lately.
The National Security Agency claims that the steps that it takes and the measures it adopts are solely to counter cyber terrorism. Furthermore, the National Security Agency asserts that the designed regimes are implemented to serve the purpose of national security. The National Security Agency also declared that these measures are the only way to ensure domestic and global security; and their approaches have successfully countered national treason.
In contradiction to this, Netizens say that the NSA practices have been violating their privacy rights. In addition to this, Internet users around the globe and their privacy were already threatened by the cyber-criminals; yet, they had to cope with a new foe of privacy – the NSA. In addition, the NSA’s obsession with surveillance and Meta Data storage is a dilemma we all eventually encounter.
Some of you might be aware of the ways through which you can cope with the NSA concerns; however, many among you may still be curious about them. In this article, we will prescribe some tips to stay under NSA’s radar. Everyone among us has to continue our protest against the violation of our privacy rights; meanwhile, the recommendations prescribed can help you become invisible for the NSA.
Tips and Tricks to Stay under the NSA’s Radar
Here we will prescribe some tips and tricks through which you can protect your privacy. There isn’t any certainty of the golden era where we all will be free from the concerns like online surveillance. However, you can still protect your privacy and security by following the guidelines that we have recommended.
1. Get yourself a VPN
A VPN, also known as a virtual private network is an optimal remedy to serve in this regard. If you want to be absolutely anonymous and stay under the NSA’s radar, I don’t think there’s a better alternative than a VPN. Furthermore, a VPN not only protects your privacy and security against the NSA but also the cyber-goons along with other unauthorized entities striving to access your private and confidential data. A VPN works like a life saver here as it masks your real IP address and makes your undiscoverable online.
Once connected through a VPN, your data is tunneled through a secure bridge between your device and the server you wish to connect. The good news is that most of the VPN services are compatible with different devices. Hence, you can secure your identity and protect your privacy no matter which device you prefer.
A VPN runs on your Personal Computer, Laptop, Smartphone, Tablet or any device you prefer to stay connected. In addition, a VPN works perfectly with different operating systems (Windows, Linux and MacOS etc) and platforms such as Android and iOS.
A VPN supports different protocols such as PPTP, L2TP/IPSec and SSTP along with 256 bit encryption to safeguard your privacy and security. Through a VPN, you can encrypt all your data so that if the NSA or any unauthorized individual for that matter infiltrates your security and tries to steal your data; there will be nothing more than just encrypted data to access.
Through a VPN you can hide your IP. This means that all your conversations, transactions and other online activities can’t be traced or monitored by the NSA. You know what this means right? Complete and absolute online freedom and liberty – something we all desperately need these days.
2. NEVER Use the Products/Services of the NSA’s Affiliates
Another tip to stay under the NSA’s radar is to refrain from using the products or services that are offered by the NSA’s affiliates. After Snowden’s revelations, there were many multinational and tech giants accused to work with the NSA. The revelations accused different corporations such as Apple, Facebook, AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo and PalTalk to work in allegiance with the NSA.
The alleged corporations that supposedly work for the NSA operate in the telecom and tech industries mainly. The corporations prescribed above are claimed to be the NSA’s allies in the PRISM scheme launched to take the NSA’s operations to the whole new level. In fact, Apple has been accused to create backdoors for the NSA to spy on its users.
Another conspiracy revealed that NSA had been working with the RSA (a company engaged in manufacturing security products/services for its users) to deliberately flaw the quality of their products/services. The NSA sealed this deal with RSA at cost of $10 million – paid solely to blemish quality of products/service so that the Big Guys can spy on us easily.
The detailed information about the NSA’s affiliates and the programs designed to spy on us can be accessed from here. Our recommendation in this regard is STOP using products/services of the NSA’s alleged companies. You never know that your newly purchased Smart Phone might become your worst nightmare and slayer of your privacy.
3. Don’t Give Away your Personal Information to the Unknown
Some naïve Netizens don’t even hesitate to giveaway their personal information and confidential details any Tom, Dick and Harry. You might have received emails from different unknown senders affirming that you have hit a JACKPOT. These emails often require personal information and confidential details. Who do you think they are? These emails might be indicators of a future phishing attack you encounter or any hacker playing peek-a-boo; or they might be generated by the NSA. We can’t say that for sure; but, better safe than sorry – right?
4. Avoid Displaying Abundant Details about yourself on Social Media
We often see people providing updates about almost everything they do on the social media. These people are either naïve or less concerned about their privacy. Their statuses change in minutes which makes me wonder if they Tweet their Poopy timings. Anyway, they don’t hesitate to display every detail about them on their profile.
These details may include: your full name, birth date, occupation, your company and residential address along with all the selfies (duck-face if you are a girl) you unknowingly post every now and then. In fact, most of you don’t even bother to hide their family and siblings on your social networks.
My suggestion – STOP doing it – you are deliberately annihilating your privacy by your own hands. On the basis of your social media activities, the NSA might have complete profiles about you by now. They might know everything you every liked, posted, shared and Tweeted. So, if you didn’t think about it before; it is high time to give it a thought now.
5. Don’t Use Un-trusted Apps
To all Smartphone freak out there; you need to stop rooting and customizing your device every now and then through un-trusted patches and apps. If you are bored from the current platform your Smartphone supports and want to update it. Wait for the update to be released from authorized manufacturer of your model. If your model doesn’t support the software update that you currently seek; buy a new phone for Heaven’s sake – don’t give-in to the un-trusted patches.
These patches might be spywares downloading every bit of the data stored on your device. Furthermore, anyone through these patches and updates can monitor every move you make from your device. However, the software updates and patches are not the only things to worry about. Applications downloaded from un-trusted platforms can also cause substantial damage to your privacy and security. Hence, every time you download a patch, update or application, do verify the source.
6. Use Bitcoin as a Transaction Mode
A Bitcoin is digital currency that ensures your privacy and confidentiality. While making a transaction through a Bitcoin, you are not required to disclose your details. Through Bitcoin, you can transact from anywhere anonymously without even notifying the seller of the product/service or any intermediary for that matter.
The transactions through Bitcoin are more secure than any other mode you may prefer to use. No matter which steps or measures you adopt, the NSA can still track your transactions. Hence, in order to stay under the NSA’s radar you must also think about hiding your transactions – making them completely untraceable. The optimal choice in this regard is a Bitcoin.
The National Security Agency and its regimes cause substantial threats to be encountered by us with respect to our privacy and security. No matter how the NSA justifies its practices, for us the schemes designed and implemented by them are clear violation of our privacy rights. The NSA along with its alleged multinational and tech giants is monitoring every move we make online.
Hence, it is high time to consider the facts we ignored before; and act like we never did. In this article we presented different tips through which you can stay under the NSA’s radar. Yet, there are some precautions you will have to take yourself to ensure your privacy and security.