How To Protect Your Internet Privacy In The Face Of The NSA Prism Spying Scandal

How To Protect Your Internet Privacy In The Face Of The NSA Prism Spying Scandal

The recent document leak by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden did not only shed a different light on our favorite and trusted Internet giants, but also made us realize how fragile and illusory our concept of freedom is. The leak alleges nothing less than frontrunner Internet firms, like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Skype, were allowing the NSA and the FBI to access their servers, that is, to check the personal files of a vast number of users around the globe. This Washington Post article gives you further details on the subject.

Even though we have always suspected and feared that the Big Brother has been watching us, to be confronted with this fact so harshly feels more than alarming. Do the recent news mean that we no longer have the basic Internet privacy protection rights?

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Cover Your Digital Tracks And Prevent People From Spying On Your Computer Activities

Cover Your Digital Tracks And Prevent People From Spying On Your Computer Activities

When you work on a computer, you leave a lot of traces behind. Whether you visit some websites, check your email, view or edit documents or photos, your computer records everything you do: your web browser saves the web pages you view, your email program saves copies of the emails you read, compose or send to others, your text or image editing program keeps a list of files you have worked on recently, etc.

It is true that most web browsers now come with options to clean your activity traces. For example, in Mozilla Firefox, you can go to the Tools menu, then select “Clear Recent History…”. In Internet Explorer, you can go to the Tools menu, select Internet Options, then click “Delete…” in the “Browsing history” section of the General tab.

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