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Secure your communications.

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.

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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:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/wireless-security-prot...

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).

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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.

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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).

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There isn't one unless you

There isn't one unless you also completely turn the rest of your life upside down as well. With or without access to your Internet records, they *can* track you if you are in *any* way connected to the grid.

What a joke. I own my words,

What a joke. I own my words, and I don't care about my internet privacy. If some evil force needs to kill me to silence me because my words are that damaging, I would be proud to own those words. People talk a big game with all of their guns, but they're afraid to even have their first amendment on record. Expecting privacy on a piece of wire or fiber that you don't even own is an absolute joke. If you want to build a completely private network, run your own fiber to those with whom you want to connect.

Please come join my forum if you're not a trendy and agree with my points of view.

Secure "e-mail"

As we are all well aware, just about everything is compromised when it comes to all of the big corporations according to the PRISM document as well as other recent revelations.

So what's a person to do? How do we keep our personal mail exchanges private?

By far the simplest and arguably the best way is to use a little known program called "BitMessage!"

http://bitmessage.org - Download it, save it to your desktop or a USB key and run it! There's nothing to install!

It is decentralized, meaning there is no mail provider like AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, etc. You are your own provider.

BitMessage is loosely based on the Bitcoin protocol, which also has a focus on removing control from a central point of failure.

It is Open Source. There is no secret code within that may be funneling your information elsewhere or letting others eavesdrop on your communications.

BitMessage is NOT e-mail, but it works like e-mail in a way. The difference is that every message you send is copied and redistributed by everyone. Likewise, you get a copy of every message everyone sends and your computer helps distribute as well. The key though, is only messages intended for your recipient can be read by your recipient. To everyone else, it's just garbage. The second great thing about BitMessage is that it is almost impossible (or perhaps is) to determine where the message originated from and who it is being sent to. Everything is encrypted with Elliptic Curve encryption, which is even stronger than traditional encryption schemes.

You can generate as many identities as you wish and assign names to them to keep track of who you give them to.

Example: This is an address I have created for DailyPaul members to message me and try out: BM-GtUTtpkwrgiF7jPFPsL3M8wVBDSAnPyR

If you subscribe to that address, you will be able to see messages I broadcast out to you all as well. There is much more it can do, and I urge you all to start changing your habits now and explore these new technologies!

I've submitted this as its own post. Please go here and vote for visibility if you agree: http://www.dailypaul.com/296260/a-better-more-secure-way-to-...

crietmann's picture

VPN

Any of the providers mentioned do a great job - you'll get obfuscation of your IP address ("exiting" at the other end of the VPN with thousands of others) and encryption on route. I started a business selling home routers pre-configured for VPN access - protect your whole home and at least with PIA you get all your mobile devices covered (though some will only run PPTP or L2TP/IPSec (slightly less secure but better than nothing).

We also set them up with WPA2 wireless security and and recommend whitelisting too (among many, many other ways).

This is good advice everyone should take as a start and read up on - www.prism-break.org is a great resource too (no, not my business).

Please "Like" Prismstop.com on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/Prismstop

Or visit us at http://www.prismstop.com to protect your whole home and mobile devices from identity thieves, hackers, government officials and other criminals.

@Prismstop on

check out your local Pirate Party

The Mass. Pirate Party is hosting Crypto parties to help you: http://masspirates.org/blog/2013/08/06/cryptoparty/

Here are another couple of encrypted VPNs to check out. I haven't tried either YET but they were recommended to me recently:
https://www.ipredator.se/
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/buy-vpn/

CrytoCat for encrypted chat-- https://crypto.cat/

Or course there is also the Tor browser and other Tor tools: https://www.torproject.org/

Will b working on this in the

Will b working on this in the next few weeks...good stuff.

Cyril's picture

BUMP for good info.

BUMP for good info.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

TLT's : go to Hades

Death to all the criminal Three Letter Tyrants

i'll bump

cause i'm not the most computer savvy.

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wolfe's picture

Very cool...

Thanks! And if you decide to secure your communications and need a hand, feel free to ask and I will help answer any questions that I can.

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http://www.thephilosophyofliberty.com/