April 26, 2019

NSA Spying on you? Well then Learn how to make your privacy safe with these apps.

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The NSA utilizes the major communication companies to gather all of your information in real time. They are able to see everything you write through Facebook, Google, Skype and all other major platforms. Don’t believe me, than search for the keyword PRISM. You will get to know how all the major companies like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft etc has teamed up and give the information to NSA. But it doesnot mean you have to give up your privacy, I will help you to be more secure. NSA is probably spying on you if you are using Computer, smartphone or tablets that has internet connection. Even if you donot have internet they can spy on you by the help of the carrier’s simcard that you are using. So how to stop them by syping on you. Well the pretty easy answer will be not to use the internet and mobiles phone. But in this era no one can survive without a phone. So what can be done?

There are many measures that can be done to make it more secure when using internet. They are discussed below.

TOR BROWSER 

tor-browsingLet me guess, if you use internet that means you are for sure using some kind of browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera etc. STOP using them, yes stop using them. Instead use TOR BROWSER.  Tor is a network of virtual tunnels that allows people and groups to improve their privacy and security on the Internet. Using Tor protects you against a common form of Internet surveillance known as “traffic analysis.” Traffic analysis can be used to infer who is talking to whom over a public network. Knowing the source and destination of your Internet traffic allows others to track your behavior and interests, So using Tor will help you a lot. Don’t provide your name or other revealing information in web forms while using TOR. Do not log on to your web service or give your name to any webservice.

If you want to download for android click below. You must download both Apps.

Orbot | Download

Orweb | Download

ATTENTION!! Remember to download the latest version fo Tor. Sometimes there is security problem which are solved in the latest version, so downloading the latest version is the best way. Also keep in mind to deactivate your javascript and other scripts that are running.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GPS Supported SmartPhone

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STOP using the phones that support GPS Location sharing option. I am mad, I know but let me come to the point. The carrier can track you whereever you go because of this service. If you turned your  GPS service off also they can track you. The best option is (on Android)to go the Settings on your phone and select the installed app option and search for GPS service and disable there(well you can not do this in all phones). But also who knows if they could bypass this option also.  You will learn in the ending of this article more about turning the GPS service off. If you have google services like Gmail, Google talk or any service installed then I recommend you to uninstall these software. If you cannot uninstall then I recommend you to at least disabling them.

RED PHONE

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OK I know you can not live without using the smartphone, I can imagine that. So let me say other thing NSA is doing. NSA is listening to your call at the real time. Yes, they are. NSA can listen to your call by intercepting them when ever they like to and nobody will ever know if they had listened to your call, so be on the safe side. RED PHONE will make your call more sure. Like privacy? Secure your calls for free with RedPhone. It’s that simple. RedPhone provides end-to-end encryption for your calls, securing your conversations so that nobody can listen in. RedPhone uses your normal phone number to make and receive calls, so you don’t need yet another identifier. RedPhone calls are encrypted end-to-end, but function just like you’re used to.

ATTENTION!! The person you are calling must also have RED PHONE app in order the encryption to work.

REDPHONE | Download

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TextSecure encrypts your text messages over the air and on your phone. It’s almost identical to the normal text messaging application, and is just as easy to use. TextSecure Provides:A secure and private replacement for the default text messaging app. All messages are encrypted locally, so if your phone is lost or stolen, your messages will be safe. Messages to other TextSecure users are encrypted over the air, protecting your communication in transit. TextSecure is Free and Open Source, enabling anyone to verify its security by auditing the code. TextSecure is the only Android private SMS/MMS messenger replacement that uses open source peer-reviewed cryptographic protocols to keep your messages safe. Rather than simply pretending to hide your texts by putting them in another place, TextSecure uses cryptography to ensure that they remain truly secure.

TEXT SECURE | Download 

There are some other apps that you can use that fits you. Cryptocat is on of them. Cryptocat uses modern web technologies to provide easy to use, accessible encrypted chat with your friends, right in your browser. It doesnot not anonymize you: While your communications are encrypted, your identity can still be traced since Cryptocat does not mask your IP address.

If you use google for searching then STOP using it. They track your IP and save the searches and IP and if you log on your google account then they know it was you. Instead use duckduckgo, Search anonymously. Find instantly. DuckDuckGo is a search engine that does not track you and, has more instant answers and less spam/clutter. You can click here for more information on duckduckgo.

The best option is not to use internet, service like google, yahoo or microsoft  but no one can do that.If you are crazy about internet and cannot live without it, then I recommend to view the top 10 apps that will help you being more safer.

Screenshot_2013-12-18-01-19-05There is other thing that I wanted to mention. This is for android users. When you buy a Smartphone, you know it comes with the android Operating System that specific company has modified. If you know about custom roms and installing custom roms in your smartphones than I recommend installing AOKP. The reason is you can choose which app can use which service. You can see on this image that System UI is not allowed to use the Location service. I have disabled this. So any app wants to use location service they are not allowed to use it. You can even disable any service to a specific app. You can install this service through various ways but AOKP has it all.

 

USE WITH CAUTION!!! Software and apps are not a magic that will make you anonymous. Even though above mention softwares and app provides useful encryption and in some case anonymous, you should never trust any piece of software with your life, and the mentioned softwares are no exception.

Personal View: I used services like facebook, gmail but not any more. I have a smartphone because I cannot live without one, so I use all the softwares and apps mentioned above. I know you cannot either live without one so I recomment you using these apps.

About Bhattarai Diwas (thenepaltech) 213 Articles
I'm an Engineer and have Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and information technology. Right now I am working as a software developer in Germany. All in all I love programming and I am a tech geek.