Sunday, June 30, 2013

Combat Domestic Terrorism

This is a follow-up to Domestic Terrorism.

Just because you have nothing to hide doesn't mean you shouldn't be concerned about your government snooping around your internet activity, and the government can't presume that just because you're concealing your activity from them doesn't mean they can presume you have something to hide (at least in the US). That's like a court finding you guilty just because you plead the fifth [amendment] (for those who don't know, that means you refuse to testify against yourself).

Such assumptions may have worked in McCarthy-era politics, but not today.

To those readers who are not internet-savvy, this one is mostly for you:

If you're not used to thinking about your personal and private data on the internet, you should start. Difficult though it may be to believe, you are generally safer conducting business on the internet than over the phone or in person, but that doesn't mean you're perfectly safe. Hopefully by now, you know to make sure you're viewing a "locked" or secure webpage before giving away your credit card number and such (and if you're not sure, using a third-party payment system like Google Wallet or Paypal), but that really only protects your credit card number. It doesn't protect other places (like Facebook) for seeing what websites you visit.

But you don't have to let them get away with that. is there to show you what tools are out there. (That's a direct link, no ad in between, which should show you how important I think this is.)

By no means do you need to convert all of your activities through their recommendations, but every little bit that you do can help.

I know that Google gives out private data, but Chrome is still my primary web browser, and I still have most of my account managed through my Google account. Just not everything.