The data that the government received on us from the internet comes from those internet companies who save everything we do. They track us.
I read a short article from a tech expert who suggests that we all log out from those companies that track and save our data. Log out, cancel email accounts, cancel Facebook accounts, cancel all of those accounts that track you. Because those are the companies who then have no choice but to share all that data with the federal government.
There are many, most who do not save our data.
I had quit Facebook over a year ago. (Even posted about it-I learned how much people cared that I was even on Facebook and how much they didn’t read what I posted!) I’m quitting Google, Email, and everything they provide.
I’m not sure I can stop all of it but found an article that tells us which companies share their data on us with PRISM:
“Collection directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.” http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-06-06/news/39784046_1_prism-nsa-u-s-servers
Your ISP also probably keeps data on your internet perusal. It’s just so malignant!
Here’s an older article about what you can do to stop some of it. It’s several years old but I’ll bet some of it is helpful.
How To Hide Anything
19 ingenious new ways to conceal everything from your personal info on the Internet to a few extra pounds on your hips.
By Joe Kita from Reader’s Digest | April 2009
Just as your computer’s browser maintains a history of the websites you visit, your Internet service provider (ISP) may keep an electronic log of the ones you peruse. Until recently, this was all just worthless data. But now some ISPs are considering selling these lists to companies that analyze them and then send targeted ads back to you. If you’re bothered by this, there are three things you can do:
- Go to vancouver.cs.washington.edu and let the site automatically check whether your ISP is using monitoring devices.
- Since this check is not comprehensive, call your ISP and ask if it’s contemplating selling browsing data; if so, object.
- Download a free software program called Tor from torproject.org, which will help block those prying ISP eyes.
Similarly, when you type a phrase into a search engine, you’re broadcasting your interests and personal information. Like ISPs, some search companies routinely gather, store, and sell analyses of such data strings. That’s why you should never search your full name and Social Security number or your name and password. Some other tips from the WPF:
- Don’t sign up for e-mail with your favorite search engine. This makes it easier to link you and your interests.
- Use a variety of engines and computers for searching. This makes it more difficult to profile you.
- Find out if your ISP uses a static IP address system, and if it does, periodically request a new IP address (essentially your computer’s address).
- Use software that masks your computer’s address, like anonymizer.com and anonymouse.org.
There are a few more tip on hiding things in that article on that page and on page 2. It’s kind of interesting! Privacy is so rare!
If anyone has any tips, please put them in comments.