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Old 07-08-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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LXer: Are You Making PRISM or Other NSA Changes?

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Here at FOSS Force, we haven’t changed our online habits one ort since the NSA news broke. Part of that is fatalistic. What’s the use? If the faceless “they” wants to know where we’re going online or what search terms we use to get there, they’ll find out. We might as well just hand it to them and save them the trouble of planting some sort of trojan on our computers–which would be a lot of work to only discover we’re just a bunch of old hippies who still hate the government but who are too tired to do anything about it but complain.

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Yes I have made some changes, mostly avoiding absolutely anything having to do with the NSA. I know NSA surveillance is unavoidable and that they do see pretty much everything, and that this is "fatalist" thinking. However, just because my thinking is fatalist doesn't mean that I do not act as if I can do something about it. I don't give up just because I know that it is inevitable. Did Neo give up when Agent Smith kept telling him it is inevitable ? I won't either. It may be inevitable but I'm gonna try anyway. I mean what the heck, what do I have to lose ?

Things on the list to avoid:
Tor and other non-end-to-end encrypted anon networks
AES: at first I didn't believe they could put a backdoor into it, but more research on the topic has changed that
SHA-1 and 2: also made by the NSA, and there is no particular reason to use them over other non-NSA hashes
Elliptic curve cryptography: slow and also endorsed by the NSA (this includes GNUnet, which uses it)
SELinux: developed by the NSA and no use to me.

Things to do:
Buy a router that is supported by dd-wrt as many have back doors.
Change passwords often.
Change identities often.
Harden the system as best as possible.
Check for rootkits and viruses once in a while.
Always use DuckDuckGo or equivalent for searches.
Always use private browsing in firefox, plus the usual Noscript, Adblock, Ghostery, etc.
Get a dynamic IP with the ISP.
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