Now that the news of PRISM, the electronic surveillance program run by the United States National Security Agency (NSA), has leaked, many people are interested in avoiding the surveillance. At GreyCoder, we show how you can easily transition to secure services that are encrypted and make it more difficult for eavesdroppers to monitor your activities. Here is a quick run-down on how to avoid NSA surveillance:
Use Encrypted Email Where Possible
Use a reasonably private email provider (e.g. Namecheap) or Countermail. Note that these services won’t protect emails that you send to others unencrypted — your recipients must be using PGP. Countermail is somewhat difficult to use but it allows encrypted email through a browser using standard PGP (Pretty Good Privacy).
Make Your Web Browsing Private
- Use a Virtual Private Network (like Private Internet Access) on all your computer and mobile devices (see our article explaining VPNs)
- Use a secure web browser Firefox with privacy-mode turned on, and privacy enhancing add-ons installed (see details here); or use the Tor Browser, for extra privacy
- Use a search engine that doesn’t track you like StartPage (a Google mirror)
Use Encrypted Instant Messages
You can easily send Instant Message that are encrypted. On iPhones and iPads, you can use Wickr, Silent Circle or an instant message app that supports OTR (e.g. IM+). On Android you can use TextSecure.
Use Secure Voice Chat Instead Of Telephones
See also PRISM Break.