Secure your communications.Submitted by wolfe on Sun, 08/18/2013 - 19:19
I have been meaning to do this for a while. I just secured my internet connection.
I used the VPN service offered by http://www.btguard.com for $9.95 a month (actually I prepaid so got the service for cheaper).
It uses 256-bit AES encryption and tunnels through a foreign server.
There are other services you can use, some cheaper, some more expensive, but what you are looking for is a high encryption VPN connection, tunneled through a foreign server, so that you don't have to deal with proxy settings and it will just work with everything.
All you have to do is configure it, and then "connect" when you want a secure line and "disconnect" when you don't care. It basically hides your IP and encrypts ALL of your traffic.
I am not affiliated with those folks and also do not necessarily recommend them. Although, they were recommended by several sources that I like. There are many services that offer the protection. Just be careful to vet them before choosing.
I do however, recommend using something from now on. The least we can do is make life a little more difficult for the NSA, DEA, and the rest the Three Letter Tyrants (TLT).
What's interesting to note is I guarantee the -real- bad guys, were already doing something like this, or far more likely something a lot stronger. 256-bit is the top end for encryption LEGALLY speaking (not technically). They are probably doing far more heavily encrypted streams.
The point is that the monitoring was never for real bad guys, as everyone here already knows.
Also, always make sure to encrypt wireless communications or they can be "intercepted" from someone in range. Here are some guidelines on securing your wireless network:
Some good WEP(worst) guidelines: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT1344
But use WPA(better) or WPA2(best) if either of those are available.
Hard wired is best.
Also, be sure to only allow direct WiFi access to your white listed MAC addresses. This functionality is built into NetGear. (It may not be in LinkSys as well, though at one point it was not).
I would recommend using something like Skype across a secure network to communicate, except that we all know who owns Skype now (MicroSoft), so I am researching alternatives for secure voice communications, and will update this post when I find one.
Final thought. If you find this useful, or think it will be useful to others, please keep it around a while. Pure informational posts tend to die a quick death around here (not enough drama I suppose).