Thursday, 5 June 2014

Reset The Net

A year ago today Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA and the frankly astonishing amount of data that the American government collects on it's people. Unfortunately the US government wasn't the only one doing such a thing, as it was happening over here as well, with out own national security agencies. A lot has been said since then but unfortunately not a lot has been done. It was talked about for quite a while and then just quietly disappeared as the next big thing came across. News doesn't last long in the mainstream media, or in the public eye. But things still go on, things are still being talked about, and things still change.

Today, June 5th, is a day for change.

While it's very difficult to stop targeted surveillance it's not as difficult as you might think to stop the kind of mass surveillance that no government should have the power to do. The way it works is that governments collect meta-data and such from websites that don't have secure connections. There are a few ways to stop this and the easiest one is to add extra security to your website, or try a browser that comes with extra security. Chances are your browser could have an app or extension that does the job too.

I joined up with Resetthenet.org to install such measures here, and I ask each of you to do the same too. Also consider using one of the more private browsers, or just installing a simple plug in. Reset The Net have all the tools and information that you could want, or need. I know it's bothersome to open an external site and a lot of people will be put off by the idea of it, but I wouldn't ask if it wasn't important.

If you did follow the link, then thank you. If not, well, maybe I can get you to do something some other time. 

4 comments:

  1. its pretty crazy the information they collect...you have to wonder why as well...i am sure there are altruistic reasons they would give, like for our own security...but all that information could lead to nefarious ends....

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  2. I'm always down for some tools that keep the pilfering to a minimum.

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  3. Thanks for the link, Mark! I'll be heading there once I get home from work.

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