Sunday, June 9, 2013

Reclaim Your Internet Privacy. Encrypt!

by Dietrich Schmitz

I've written about Retroshare and how to surf anonymously with secure shell in response to the recent outcropping of news flooding the Internet with stories concerning the ongoing practices of our beloved National Security Agency.

There is no shortage of media information and disinformation. You can sort through it and build opinion by consensus across different sources and their relative reliability for giving factual information verses sensationalism.

When it comes right down to it, most everything you do on the Internet is out in the open, or, by explicit or implied consent from you, being shared in some fashion in the name of monetization.

After all, nobody is in business to lose money and if their isn't a good business model for capturing profit then there's no point in being a Capitalist.

In the final analysis, regardless of who you are, what you do on the Internet will be exploited for profit in some fashion as long as there is information to be mined from the stream of data that your activity provides.

To illustrate a point, take Google Drive for instance.

Drive has become a cornerstone of Google's product strategy and the data you store there is in plain human readable clear text. In other words, it is not encrypted.

In fact, Google will not offer a service which encrypts your data.

After all, if your data were encrypted, and you and only you have the private key to unlock it, all of Google's profit from sharing your social activity will cease to exist because they no longer can parse your activity when in an encrypted form. Yes?

This is fundamentally at conflict with your best interests.

I believe that nothing short of your using strong encryption will keep away prying eyes from seeing your personal information.

Encryption is a lock and, when used judiciously, will ensure that your right to privacy on the Internet is upheld even against the NSA.

I have written about how email is fundamentally broken. The government has no interest in it changing since it is clear text and they can read it with impunity and without your knowing along any point it travels across intermediaries to its recipient.

In coming days, I will provide information about what you can do to protect your Internet privacy including useful encryption tools and services.

I hope you will be here to follow along. Remember that encryption is a lock and the only sure fire way you can keep your personal information private--as it should be.

Reclaim your Internet privacy.  Encrypt!

-- Dietrich
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