Is our information safe on the net? That’s one big question we have to ask ourselves, with rise of recent events.

In the light of recent events about National Security Agency (NSA) gathering lots of information from websites and amassing all personal information from Facebook, Twitter, Google, AT &T etc.

Few quick facts

·         All status updates, messages and location updates in Facebook is being surveyed by NSA.Facebook says it doesn’t charge the government for access.

·          Vast contents of all our Skype data is being followed up as if they were sitting with us when we were chatting.

·         Microsoft worked hand-in-hand with the United States government in order to allow federal investigators to bypass encryption mechanisms meant to protect the privacy of millions of users. Microsoft actually helped the federal government find a way to decrypt messages sent over select platforms, including Web chat, Hotmail email service, and Skype.'

·         All required hardware and software has been allegedly installed by German Siemens AG and Finnish Nokia.

How can you protect your data online?

·         Start using Diaspora instead of Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites.

·         Start using Mozilla open source alternatives to prevent surveillance.

·         To surf the net use Firefox instead of propietrary software such as IE.

·         In Networking related applications we can use Adium instead of MSN Messenger.

·         Reporters Without Borders is gradually developing such an Online survival kit on its WeFightCensorship website. It explains the need to purge files of their metadata, which give too much information away; it explains how to use the Tor network or Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to anonymize communications; it offers advice on securing communications and data on mobile phones and laptops and so on.                                  

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