Kanakagiri Siddhartha

Random thoughts about online Privacy

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How easily people are ouraged when they learn that their trusted web messenger is not exactly what it was cracked up to be. How can something that uses infrastructure like routers and switches operated by for profit companies not be private at all ? Ridiculous isn't it ? Not really. here is why.

  1. The internet was designed to be public. Yes get over it. There is a reason why VPN means Virtual Private Network.
  2. There is a reason why  Lavabit and Silent Circle charge fee for email service. They encrypt your message even within their database, unlike other popular free email services which only encrypt it enroute from your device and their servers. How do you think you get those jobsite ads when you open a mail with your resume attached ?
  3. NSA had the technology and the authority to monitor any digital communication atleast in 1998. That was 3 years before 9/11. some of us have always known it. Ever read the Digital Fortress ?
  4. Browsing internet from home ? Ever tried how many sites are tracking you ? Sample this:Screenshot 2014-05-11 19.38.01

I have visited 8 sites ..what is 46 third part sites ? Like to see how it looks like ?

Screenshot 2014-05-11 20.00.26

Beautiful. Somewhat scary. Yes, thats is how internet works.There are ways you can work around this. They come with some disadvantages (no scripts, no flash etc.). More about it later.

Sure you could use the onion. But it was designed for US Navy. NSA will have the master key then, one would suppose.

Nothing ever gets deleted from the internet. Nothing is 100% secure. Keep this in mind and use it as such!



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August 18, 2019

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