I have been thinking about my privacy and how private and secure all my data and communications really is. Snowden and NSA has really exposed how open our data and private information really is, not that I or most people have something to hide but do I really want the government ready my steamy texts to my significant other?
So the question is how do you protect yourself? Obviously a typewriter and the post office can at least protect your content, even if the government knows when and who you sent the letter to.
Basically my communications devices are:
Phone – phone calls, text messages and emails
Computer – emails and instant messaging
Sorry for putting all these questions in one post, but they are all connected to the main question how do you protect yourself.
For my cell phone, I am using Tigertext secure texting for all my text messages, which auto delete the messages and allow me to do a remote wipe. For my photos, I immediately move the images to my dropbox account and delete them from the phone.
So, the phone security questions I have are:
1) How do I protect my contacts, meaning is I lose my phone how can I make it so someone who hacks the phone isn’t able to get them get them? What about my call logs?
2) can someone hack my phone while I am using it, and get my contacts, call logs and other stuff, and if so how can I prevent this from happening?
3) What about my emails, can I secure them as well like my text messages?
For my computer, I am using ZoneAlarms firewall, and Malwarebytes anti virus. I have lots of images and documents on my computer.
My computer security questions are:
1) How can I secure my email – I use gmail and yahoo, but don’t use outlook.
2) Are my images and doc more secure on my computer, or in the cloud on Dropbox or another cloud service?
3) Can my Skype messaging and conversation be recorded or logs by our government or anyone else, and is there a way to protect them?
Any advice or suggestion on these questions would be a great help, thanx.
I can't answer your phone questions, because I don't own a cell phone.
As far as the computer questions, first take a look here: https://prism-break.org/
1) Gmail and Yahoo Mail are just two email systems monitored by Uncle Sam's PRISM program. I'm switching to mail.com soon simply because Yahoo sucks and Mail.com is off the radar. I have also read recently that any encrypted email and/or encrypted file attachments - no matter which site you use - gets red-flagged and saved for analysis. UPDATE August 8:
Tormail is gone, and the Tor Browser Bundle was compromised by an NSA-written Java exploit. An update plugged this security leak after June 26, but many no longer feel Tor is trustworthy.
2) I know others will call me nuts, but I don't care. The only cloud storage I use is ImageShack, where I store images for forums which are deliberately posted for public viewing. I sleep easy at night by saving anything private that's worthwhile locally on my own computer in TrueCrypt file containers, with tough, letter-and-number, committed-to-memory passwords, and three-level cascading encryption algorithms. Some of the file containers have data, some have hidden partitions... some of them are empty. I'm not talking pr0n. I'm talking about medical info, tax data, credit card records, etc. My encrypted file containers are backed up on a spindle of DVD+RWs I can easily grab in case the house catches fire.
3) From what I have read about PRISM, Skype was compromised/opened to Uncle Sam the day Microsoft bought it. The only really secure messaging systems I know of are Pidgin with OTR, and TorChat. But for how long?
The government kept telling us to take security seriously. Well, I'm taking their advice.