INTERNET PRIVACY IN THE AGE
OF BIG BROTHER
(or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Hand
Everything to the NSA)
By Blue Barrett
HOW DO I PROTECT MY INFO FROM THE
Short answer: You don’t!
Long answer: It’s complicated.
WHY SHOULD I CARE?
Security flaws put everyone in danger
Do you trust the government of 25 years from
No one can be secure when our systems are
Consider storage capacity
Context is key
LET’S START WITH SOME BASICS
Internet privacy 101:
Use complex passwords & don’t store them on your
Keep sensitive documents out of the cloud
Update your software
What is encryption? How does it work?
RULE #2: FIND ALTERNATIVES
Firefox and Tor
Quick Alternatives Guide: https://alternatives.tacticaltech.org/
RULE #3: MISDIRECTION
Avoid use of your real name and email address
Change your name on Facebook, “like” things you
Set up some alternative profile or alternative web
presence meant to mislead people
RULE #4: PROTECT YOUR IP ADDRESS
Consider using a VPN
Look for good encryption standards
Look for VPNs that do not log and store your data for
an extended period of time
OPTION #1: FIGHT!
Consider supporting organizations such as:
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Open
Rights Group, American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU), Electronic Privacy Information Center