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How to Keep Your Communications Private

How to Keep Your Communications Private

In light of the recent hubbub about the NSA having access to pretty much all your communications, the first question seems to be not “How can they do that?” because let’s face it…they aren’t supposed to.  You know it and I know it.  The question is not even “Do they CARE that they aren’t supposed to be doing this?” because they don’t.  The only real question is “How can I stop them from doing it to me?”

That is what this post is all about–making your communications secure from prying eyes.

We get it, Joe Citizen.  You want your privacy.  You want to be able to talk on the internet without everyone and their mother at the InsertAlphabetAgencyHere looking at it.

You’re mad about the NSA snooping.  You aren’t advocating a violent overthrow of the government.

You’re not running a domestic terrorism group (well, there are those new DHS criteria…).  You’re not even sending around emails
about what a dismal failure President Obama’s administration is (THIS hour, anyway).  You just want to be able to chat with friends, conduct your financial business, and argue with your spouse without Big Daddy Gummint all up in your biz.  Believe it or not, that’s your right.

Harry “Who Cares” Reid may blow it off and say the government’s been “doing that stuff for years,”but we’ve got a news flash for Harry: just because you’ve been doing it a while doesn’t make it any more okay.  Ask Ted Bundy … oh, wait.

The bottom line is,

We get it—partly because we value our privacy too.   So, because we are all about free speech here—and private speech, too, now that I think about it—here’s a list of ways you can circumvent the government privacy leeches.  Granted, this list isn’t all-inclusive, and let’s face it, I’m not an uber-geek.  I do, however, read a lot of uber-geek stuff, and so I’m pretty confident with the list I’m about to show you.

Keep in mind that you will need to change some of your habits if you decide you really want to keep your personal stuff private.  Most people are too lazy…but if you’re not, here’s the list from the guys over at Wired, as well as a few other nooks and crannies I find things in:

For internet browsing, use Tor.  It comes with a full bundle that you can use on any kind of Windows from XP to 8, Mac, or Linux if that’s your flavor.  I won’t bore my political readers with the long explanation of why Tor keeps your internet browsing private, but if you want to read all about it you can check out the Wikipedia entry, or just go to the website.

For email, use Hushmail It’s free, it’s secure, and if you’re done using that email, no worries.  You can either delete it, or stop signing into it.  It’ll be gone in 2 weeks, along with all those fan emails you sent to Justin Bieber.  See?  You do want privacy.

For phone service, use Silent Circle Their Silent Suite has 3G, 4G, and WiFi encrypted mobile video & voice, plus email, plus browsing, plus texts.  It’s $49/month but worth it if you’re willing to pay it.

For voice service and texting, use Seecrypt.  World Net Daily explains how it works.

Use Throw Away Phones – If you really don’t want to use a paid service, you could always buy a burner phone (or ten).

For instant messaging use OTR (off the record), found here.  Otherwise, your stuff is wide open. (One important note: Gmail’s “off the record” setting does NOT mean it’s not being logged…it’s just not retrievable by the user.  The data miners can find it just fine.)

Obviously, we aren’t saying it’s okay to hide any illegal and/or nefarious activities.  If you’re using this article for that, then I hope you do get busted.

That being said, the average citizen simply wants to be able to have a conversation without worrying about how many other people have seen it, and whether that conversation is being used against them somehow.  We have the right to free and unfettered speech.

We have the right to privacy, and quite frankly, it’s a load of BS that political blogs even have to post a list of ways that law-abiding, regular citizens can keep their overreaching government’s nasty little hands off our private communications, yet here we are.  It’s not about being able to do illegal things, it’s about being able to exist without Big Brother breaking half the Bill of Rights to watch you do it.

If you’re just a regular person who wants some privacy, check out the links above, and hopefully you find a solution that works for you.  Feel free to suggest other tools in the comments; after I’ve checked them out to make sure you’re not trying to send my readers to an Asian porn site for circus midgets, I’ll be glad to post them with credit to you.

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Kit Lange is the managing editor of Victory Girls, a conservative female blog about politics…and apparently now security, too.

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Comments

William A. Jacobson | June 9, 2013 at 10:06 am

I also recommend Burn Note, https://burnnote.com/, which allows you to send messages/emails which self-destruct in 12 seconds (or whatever parameter you set) once viewed and which has a unique feature which never shows more than a small portion of it at a time so that it cannot be screen captured.

“Obviously, we aren’t saying it’s okay to hide any illegal and/or nefarious activities.”

This would be a good time to refer readers to Ham Sandwich Nation by Glenn Reynolds
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2203713

We were looking for a much needed second vehicle. I used craig’s list and gmail to find what we wanted. Within a week I was being bombarded with spam telling me where I can get a great deal on the vehicle I was looking for. All of these spam monkeys are located in deep blue Amerikkka.

TrooperJohnSmith | June 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

Right now, Tor’s website is down. One part of me says, “Holder and his flying monkeys are at it again”, but more likely, in light of present circumstances, they’re probably just overwhelmed.

    Conservative Beaner in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | June 9, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Today Tor may be good to use but how long before they are forced to “sale” or disclose their encryption methods. If Tor and the other providers withstand any government pressure, Holder and the boys at DOJ and the NSA will hire someone who will do it for them.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | June 10, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Please note the corrected link to TOR.

    https://www.torproject.org/

    The one in the article has the . between www and torproject missing.

    Eric we are Obama-Eying you.

If you’re a user of Ubuntu or it’s derivatives

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/tor
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tor-browser

Thank you Kit Lange and Professor J. and commenters..

BTW, hope you don’t mind..Nice Legs Victory Girls

Juba Doobai! | June 9, 2013 at 11:43 am

I was going to get rid of my gmail accounts and use Apple mail because I distrusted Google’s fondness for working with tyrants. Now, I discover Apple has succumbed to the Democrat big government mania. I wonder if Steve Jobs’ wife is still going to fund all those socialist groups? Well, after all these companies being in bed with Snoop Obama, I just shifted to hushmail. It doesn’t matter that my mail is pretty innocuous, for the most part. What matters is that the government is looking at what I say to people. Right now, I’m hard out to see the difference between the Chinese and US governments,

Samuel Keck | June 9, 2013 at 11:43 am

“A chill wind is blowing in this nation. A message is being sent through the White House … if you oppose this administration, there can and will be ramifications.”

~ Tim Robbins, April 15, 2003

I couldn’t get your Tor link to work. This one does for me.

https://www.torproject.org/

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“You aren’t advocating a violent overthrow of the government.”

Well, I guess not. Hello Echelon, Hello PRISM, got that?

read somewhere this morning–a congressman says:

“If you don’t want anybody to hear what you’re saying, say it on MSNBC”

Browndog:

That congressman should get a prize. It’s a fabulous quip!

I’ve decided to help keep my spying pals in OBOZO’s NSA really, really busy, so with each and every e-mail I send out I include the following at the bottom:

HEY NSA, HERE ARE SOME CODE WORDS FOR YOUR SNOOPING PLEASURE:
I am a conservative, traditional marriage supporter, defund NPR, support Israel, republican, government bureauweenies are BAD, defund Planned Parenthood, I LOVE freedom, defend the US Constitution, obey the rule of law, keep this secret, I watch FOX NEWS, keep this private, this is sensitive information, big government is very BAD, I own a GUN, obama sucks, impeach, IMPEACH OBAMA, abolish affirmative action, deport ILLEGALS, support the Koch brothers, defund PBS, OBOZO, ted cruz for president, I listen to rush limbaugh, American patriots ROCK!, GOD is GREAT, I am a proud NRA member, fire holder, impeach holder, imprison holder, stop socialism, I watch HANNITY, ban abortions, ban infanticide, support LIFE, repeal obamacare, praise the LORD, tea party, voter ID, lunatic-left, commie twats, gun RIGHTS, FIRST AMENDMENT is GREAT, SECOND AMENDMENT is GREAT

….With this many HITS, I hope their computers crash from over-work.

NB: From my experience, you’ll have an FBI SWAT team at your front door within 30 minutes of sending out your first e-mail with the above. The team will include a representative from holder’s Dept of InJustice, who will serve you with papers stating that you have committed the crime of “Behaving like an American Citizen under the US Constitution,” which the OBOZO regime considers a FELONY punishable by DEATH from the OBOZOCARE DEATH PANEL.

To ANYONE WHO THINKS LANGE HAS PROVIDED YOU A GUARANTEED WAY TO REMAIN PRIVATE ON THE NET:

Please contact me immediately. I have an investment opportunity on a bridge in Brooklyn that will make you MILLIONS and I’m willing to let you in on the ground floor!

(PS – send me one of those absolutely private and secure e-mails – but hurry before the NSA finds out about them.)

for email run your own email server from your house.
as soon as I have the resources to do it all my sms messages will be run off my exchange server also.

    hit reply too soon.
    I must add the metadata reporting to be tracked will still be tracked. the network routers/switches sniff the headers to know what to do.
    running from your house is not going to alleviate that.
    it will however give you control of how your mail is stored, when its retained/deleted, and you can nuke it fast remotely if needed.

I noticed according to the latest Microsoft update that I have been updatedto 9. I guess that rules out Tor since they only go to 8. Is taht the reason for the update? I’m once again turning off automatc updates…from all of them.

I wonder if it wouldn’t be worthwhile to develop an off-line mode of communication amongst conservatives? Not sure what that would look like, but it may be worth pondering.

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