I want to start this thread to introduce two different tools. The problem is that if one wants to do something to have more privacy one has to make an effort. To have privacy without extra effort is not granted. The measures which one has to apply are basically the same the secret services are doing themselves. So it has a touch of James Bond and some might come up with the idea that it is not needed and only people who have to hide something are applying such measures. I want to say one thing only: These people don’t get what this is all about, a basic democratic right which has been massively compromised….. The first one makes it possible to browse anonymously. The tool bundle is easy to install and to setup. The Tor browser bundle. https://www.torproject.org/ More info and how onion routing works. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_(anonymity_network) I personally have the browser bundle (Tor portable browser is a modified Firefox browser) on an USB pen drive and can plug it in wherever I want to use it. It is also useful to use it at public terminals. Advantage: Easy to use, portable. Disadvantage: Slow due to encryption / available bandwidth Reminder: End node to destination is not tor encrypted. There is the original condition of the connection. The second tool is made to encrypt / decrypt personal messages. A personal message can be any data. The tools available are based on PGP, S/MIME. I have picked up one example. Gpg4win Info about and how it works: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Good_Privacy Gpg4win and documentation: http://www.gpg4win.org/ Advantages: Very secure if handled properly. It cannot be cracked. Properly means the private key or secret must remain absolutely secret. It is recommendable to store it on a USB pen drive which can be removed and stored externally (not on the PC drives). Also the passphrase should be strong. Disadvantage: Receiver must be familiar with it and use it. Each user has a public / private key pair. The public key has to be made public. This key is used to encrypt messages. The secret key is used to decrypt the message. So if somebody wants to post me an encrypted message he needs to use my shared public key to encrypt it: -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK----- Version: GnuPG v2.0.20 (MingW32) mQENBFHpQWkBCACcnKNKld+OpKSQ5HmoTPDPi+r1p3EDS3mI8QuvRJbkZIL9oOsz PLTCG2Wvwq0SSbZg7dnLExhqX6NjrlaBw5oXlHcikq7NQ+C2moY6EpMyCHWG3KYT c1iAGCVpui4PfzP33c79c0K5OQFnMf7ZjhQrkY/Fb4xoE9TgtQmEcA1znDxM0BNq 5cSPigx53emxjuuf+d8g1PyR53XVK2DRtc7ztG9GCsQEmH3Ag6IbYazYEjVRGAEr MqhmDzRXbkuQCf2QgbhKnLQ+qZjAe7qu3wRCxFbYqd42TNm1m+MbfjMEA+/yncZO cp4VvDECer4IwFtcVjqyhmCYWK0KhcMQRG/NABEBAAG0Glllbi4uIDx0ZXN0bWFp bEBnbWFpbC5jb20+iQE5BBMBAgAjBQJR6UFpAhsPBwsJCAcDAgEGFQgCCQoLBBYC AwECHgECF4AACgkQzIzWH+GV502xxQf+PRNtl6sO+XAetY4SZtuRKHOy+if/7vtX SyVQ0Em78NmrOcjtjzl4VetXs+KsgkJLFnI+WwdX7QCk4FR5MKeK4BOz9BweDqmW cpHA/NDlNCS/AOi0ASER+frjMKEUggZ1UFGYHHTe6ZiKxnX1kkZgmaUXIcWQfTnQ W8mB0trFgNNRAZJPxSAsapiRgS7i1hrz34WRSIwPTkL1H4jrczTRm/mVULAt5+uJ 8XGSVzueeE0F3ilBl5ozCNnU1CMIZPEboWpNZXOAhIee1zT4DZuSKEcHP+LsUpWz U4n3E85CI2WboHh/hDBWJGkn1BVhq1Ke8u5eQK4/y/gewAyhf0zMLQ== =rk7y -----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK----- Anybody who wants to receive encrypted data needs to share (make public) the own public key. Public keys can be managed with the tool. There are also plugins for e-mail clients which provide PGP for e-mail. Some final words to these two tools. The tor browser bundle is easy to use and doesn’t require that somebody uses it too to communicate. It allows anonymous browsing, you never use your own IP address. PGP related tools have to be used by both, means both have to be familiar with the method and both have to know the public key of each other’s. Both methods combined will grant a lot more of privacy. Government has started to use such methods to protect their privacy (secret data). They use high tech security standards. To protect the privacy of the common internet user isn’t of much interest. Companies want us to be a transparent consumer who can be spammed with new ‘offers’ Govt wants us to be transparent, because we have to be controlled to get a safe and secure world. We the users have not started this. The times where privacy went without saying are over. We have to change our behavior. Feel free to play with PGP and post your key / or an encrypted message for me/you for a test. Everything starts with curiosity. Feel free to post your own tools / measures / opinions.