Hackers, they seem to be everywhere. Engaging in various acts, from hacking Twitter and YouTube accounts to leaking massive corporate user databases. As threatening as they may seem, these cyber-criminals and script-kiddies are no match for a threat that is orders of magnitude worse. This threat is the entity designed to protect you from such threats, ironically. It is the government, AKA Big Brother. Government surveillance is nothing new, and it’s been practiced since the art of wiretapping began in the 1890s. Skip to today, and any online (even offline, crazy huh?) activity you engage with is being logged and recorded. In a world so full of governmental surveillance, many people may simply say “Why the hell should I care? I’m not doing anything wrong!”, and I’m here to tell you why that mindset is wrong.
“The NSA routinely lies in response to congressional inquiries about the scope of surveillance in America.”-Edward Snowden
“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say”-Edward Snowden
What can I do to protect my privacy?
Public Key Encryption is arguably the single most effective weapon against organized governmental surveillance. Two large arbitrary prime numbers can go a long way. There are a plethora of privacy tools such as Tor, GPG, HTTPS everywhere, proxies, and VPNs to name a few. If you are a website, use SSL to prevent any MITM attacks. No tools are capable of protecting you 100%, but they are of great help.
We become unique individuals by sharing personal experiences and feelings to those we choose to share them with. Death to privacy is death to everything that makes us unique human beings, rather than a name attached to a set of data.