Are concerned with Prism and individuals monitoring your surfing habits? Meet four substitutions that can protect your privacy
Nobody is free from digital spies from the NSA. After the scandal revealed by Edward Snowden it became more apparent that most of the private information that you and I seek and exchanged over the network can be under surveillance at any time.
In addition, however hopeless it may seem, your data and personal information can also be become intercepted by others. Trojans that steal data, eg, networks and open Wi-Fi poses major security concerns for internet users.
If paranoia has gripped you since you knew that Obama reads your emails (or nearly so), this blog post can help you find alternatives to make your browsing safer. In this list, there are safe options for social networking services and email and instant messaging programs that make connections in VoIP – tools that can help you rid your personal data from the clutches of the NSA and any other interceptor.
Much of the services in the list are protocols that help developers create tools safer and free, others are already at a stage that can be understood by the end user, and some are alternative services that can now be used. In any case, you may find them useful:
Replace Facebook with Diaspora *
Ok, we know that the best social network is one where your friends are. On the other hand, everyone is already aware of Facebook – and the NSA spying scandal was the last straw. Despite being much smaller, Diaspora * is old: it was created in 2010 as an open-source alternative to Facebook and is secure. Today, it has more than 400,000 users. To participate, you must choose your ‘pod’ preference and register. The pods are like ‘branches’ of Diaspora *, different versions of the social network that are grouped around geographic regions so that users are identified more easily. According to the site, the pods serve to decentralize the data – decentralization is one of the pillars of the site, which has freedom as well as other guidelines on profiling and protection of your privacy: there, the creators of the open source ensure your data will not be sold to corporations or delivered to the government.
Replace Dropbox with Camlistore
The Camlistore is a data storage service fully open-source and has users’ privacy as one of its pillars. Created by Google employees during those 20% of the time in which the company dedicated to personal projects, the project code already has a version 0.2 published on the official website. According to the creators, the idea is to provide a storage service that is able to make a safe backup of all the things you have posted on the internet – your pictures, your texts, your status updates on social networks, for example.
Change an email or text message confidentially with 1ty.me
The 1ty.me app generates links that are set to self-destruct after the first access. It’s simple: if you want to send someone a message that can not be displayed twice for security, such as a password, for example, just paste the 1ty.me clipboard to generate the link and send to the recipient. Once accessed the first time the link is invalid. It is a snapchat for texts.
Replace Facebook chat or Google with RetroShare
RetroShare is a free software and is open source that allows sending messages and sharing files mores securely, since all data is encrypted. RetroShare offers services for exchanging messages and emails, file sharing, user authentication, and even a social network. And guaranteed: with them, your data is safe from large corporations.