How to Block NSA Spying
Timothy B. Lee offers up 5 ideas
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2013 1:45 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Don't like the idea of the NSA spying on your phone calls and emails? In the Washington Post, Timothy B. Lee offers five ways for you to protect yourself:

  • Tor: This Internet browser lets you remain anonymous, and does not reveal your IP address or other identifiers. One fan: NSA whistleblower himself, Edward Snowden.
  • Silent Circle: This Internet phone app is thought to be "impervious to wiretapping, even by the NSA," Lee writes.

  • OTR: Even your chat logs may be available to the NSA via PRISM, but if you use this chat extension (its name is short for "off the record"), the server will only see an encrypted version of your chat. One caveat: Both chatters need to be using software that supports OTR.
Click for Lee's complete list. (Or, if you want to anonymously leak to the media, check out a how-to guide.)

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viva_yo
Jun 11, 2013 3:37 PM CDT
They can still track you with your cell phone turned off. To disable the GPS device in your cell phone, you have to take out the little watch battery with attached antenna that is inside your phone. Take out the main battery, than unscrew the inside, look for the little watch battery, take it out & reassemble.
Imhotep
Jun 11, 2013 8:30 AM CDT
As far as stopping Terrorist activities I doubt that wire tapping will provide them with any insight. Recent events indicate other wise ie the bombing in Boston or the numerous shootings by lunatics across the country. Gee, if only these guys would have been stupid enough to talk or write about it. Darn. What does the NSA think. That the guy who's planning on blowing up some people is going to blab about it to his pals over the Internet or the phone. If they can't unincrypt the incrypters what will they be listening for ? Your buying habits. What you eat and drink and drive and like to wear. Then it goes to all the corporations so they can contrive more ways to control or channel your spending. The corporations pay the NSA for the data. In the end, just more control over you. The trick is not letting you be aware of it. Like a subliminal message. Pretty soon your TV will be programmed to provide you with the commercials of things only you like and TV shows that only you like. It's already being done regionally across the country. And to think you'll be paying for it too. They want everyone to hug each other and give them your money. That's all. What's the big deal.
KimKendall
Jun 11, 2013 8:09 AM CDT
since phones can place a persons physical location would one suspect the nsa is also recording the coming and goings of every americans physical travels continuously?