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Protecting your data from prying eyes - NSA, etc...

Whether they are government goons, or criminal hackers (or both), the only way to protect your electronic data and communications is to use STRONG encryption. Encryption is the basic process of encoding information. This has been used through out earths history in increasing complexity. Modern strong encryption is basically near impossibl to decrypt without first knowing the key that was used to encrypt it in the first place.

The most widely regarded encryption scheme is known as private-public key encryption. It can be helpful to learn how strong encryption works so check out this wiki-page to read more...

Apps for your phones:

"Among the many revelations drawn from the NSA's secret PRISM program, IBTimes noted last week how the NSA's mass surveillance of U.S. citizens had sparked a demand for alternative search engines and social networks that emphasize privacy and anonymity. Given how Apple, the iPhone maker, and Google, the developer of Android, have both been implicated in PRISM -- particularly in regards to collecting metadata from Verizon Wireless customers -- people are also looking for ways to protect their use of mobile devices."

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/prism-proof-your-phone-l...
http://www.ibtimes.com/prism-proof-your-smartphone-10-apps-k...

Encrypt your computer:

"Many of us now have private information on our computers: personal records, business data, e-mails, web history, or information we have about our friends, family, or colleagues. Encryption is a great way to ensure that your data will remain safe when you travel or if your laptop is lost or stolen. Best of all, it's free. So don't put off taking security steps that can help protect your private data."

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/12/newyears-resolution-fu...
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2025462/how-to-encrypt-almost...

Encrypt and Anonymize your internet traffic:

"SAFE SURFING
The only real way to make sure people don't gather information about you while you're browsing the Web is to appear to be someone else, coming from somewhere else. This requires a proxy server and/or a virtual private network (VPN) connection. With the right combo, you can not only be anonymous, you can surf sites in other countries as if you're a native."

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2363303,00.asp
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2390381,00.asp
http://lifehacker.com/5487500/five-best-vpn-tools



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