Ten Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillance
While no solution’s foolproof, the Electronic Frontier Foundation puts together the following list to improve your online security.
As EFF’s Danny O’Brien notes:
[I]f you’re being personally targeted by a powerful intelligence agency like the NSA, it’s very, very difficult to defend yourself. The good news, if you can call it that, is that much of what the NSA is doing is mass surveillance on everybody. With a few small steps, you can make that kind of surveillance a lot more difficult and expensive, both against you individually, and more generally against everyone.
Read through for details and links to how each is done.
01: Use end-to-end encryption.
02: Encrypt as much communications as you can.
03: Encrypt your hard drive.
04: Strong passwords, kept safe.
05: Use Tor.
06: Turn on two-factor (or two-step) authentication.
07: Don’t click on attachments.
08: Keep software updated, and use anti-virus software.
09: Keep extra secret information extra secure.
10. Be an ally
To really challenge the surveillance state, you need to teach others what you’ve learned, and explain to them why it’s important. Install OTR, Tor and other software for worried colleagues, and teach your friends how to use them. Explain to them the impact of the NSA revelations. Ask them to sign up to Stop Watching Us and other campaigns against bulk spying. Run a Tor node, or hold a cryptoparty. They need to stop watching us; and we need to start making it much harder for them to get away with it.
Image: Sign from September’s “Freedom not Fear” protest march against global internet surveillance in Berlin,Germany. Via Frek Meyer.