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i myself am not that paranoid, but we all now know they have the technology to watch our every move if they so choose.


worried about it? is it possible to limit what they see? i am not so sure, but there are steps we can take to at least try. lets face it, if they really want to watch you they will...but why not make it as hard as possible for those prying eyes (and ears).


steps we have taken in our house include:

-we have switched to using "duckduckgo" for our searches. no it does not seem as thorough as google, but it does good enough for our needs and they claim that they save/store no metadata at all!!

-microsoft and apple of course will give up all of your info in a heartbeat, its linux only in this household. we use ubuntu here with the shopping-lens/amazon integration removed completely. firewall enabled (UFW using the Gufw interface).

-firefox for all web (search engine changed from google to duckduckgo as mentioned above).

-thunderbird for all email.

-also have switched dns servers to the OpenNIC servers both in our router and in ubuntu itself (steps in link below).


of course there is also the Tor browser (in the prtsm-break link below), which is a bit extreme for most of us as well as being just waay tooo slooow. i do have it installed and must admit that it works much better then the times i have tried it in the past few years, but its just not enjoyable surfing at those speeds. therefore it is not used very often.


there are a lot more steps you can take...here are a couple of sites to give you some ideas:








hope this helps someone.

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  • 3 weeks later...

2 things joe.


1:- all data transferred using means such as a vpn even tho passing through your isps servers are encrypted so is just gibberish unless they can decrypt it, which from what i understand is nearly impossible even for the fastest supercomputers, so the isp may have your data to pass along to anyone but it's in a form that is totally useless to anybody.


2:- using things such as tor means your isps don't know where your data was heading either, so can't go to the other end and find the decrypted data you originally sent.



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could be o.k. as long as you do not use anything involving M$ for encryption


According to an article published on Thursday by the British newspaper, internal National Security Agency memos show that Microsoft actually helped the federal government find a way to decrypt messages sent over select platforms, including Outlook.com Web chat, Hotmail email service, and Skype.






but then you would need to trust the VPN service too, how far can or could we go before we get sold out totally?









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Of course Microsoft can supply information about Microsoft application encryption Joe. However Microsoft simply can't provide that information about other applications or services as they are not the authors of those apps or encryption.


Using a VPN or other means is actually pretty secure.


The key to finding a good service or encryption method is to avoid the companies like Microsoft and Apple who so willingly give up the encryption methods.


There are so many encrytion tools avaiable and services that it should be fairly easy for someone to find a good service/tool.


If someone chooses to use Microsoft application encryption they are just foolish in my opinion.

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