Bruce Schneier On The Solution To Surveillance

PRISMVia the MIT Technology Review, the security expert on staying free from the NSA:

My five tips suck. They are not things the average person can use. One of them is to use PGP [a data-encryption program]. But my mother can’t use PGP. Maybe some people who read your publication will use my tips, but most people won’t.

Basically, the average user is screwed. You can’t say “Don’t use Google”—that’s a useless piece of advice. Or “Don’t use Facebook,” because then you don’t talk to your friends, you don’t get invited to parties, you don’t get laid. It’s like libertarians saying “Don’t use credit cards”; it just doesn’t work in the real world.

The Internet has become essential to our lives, and it has been subverted into a gigantic surveillance platform. The solutions have to be political. The best advice for the average person is to agitate for political change.

  • BuzzCoastin

    the best way not to be tracked day to day
    is to be dead

    FYI: the NSA has a hack for PGP
    & MIT
    where this info comes from
    is a CIA whore house
    Intel’a newest vPro technology
    allows “an administrator” to enter your vPro enabled box
    even when it’s off
    without you knowing it

    • Calypso_1

      The CIA has a hack for dead.

    • grummbunger

      not a hack, read us imports and export law (built enc/dec software myself and no i did not licence.

      • BuzzCoastin

        well, implementing the backdoor is a hack of sorts
        especially if most think that PGP is secure

        • grummbunger

          that is quite true. kind of an brain hack. most (but still not totally secure is real life, no electronic talk, or written chat, most people don’t have chat that needs shielding, really, and what they should be thinking is the opinions they should sheild like opinions of the p4es3dent etc they want many to see, so as to spread their word. (ps. for those reading, a semi viable solution was just p4esen7ed.)

  • Charlie Primero

    Schneier has a really good bi-weekly newsletter and good RSS feed.

  • DrDavidKelly

    The average user doesn’t really care if someone is watching them online. Granny don’t care and Mr Peterson the plumber don’t care either. Data mining Edna’s winter woolie knit patterns on FB aint gona be very interesting. But there are those who do have secrets and those people can and will hide.

    • BuzzCoastin

      for the elites
      all nonelites are potential enemies
      and need to be spied upon
      or at least have a fear being spied upon

  • Sandy Irmscher

    “The Internet has become essential to our lives, and it has been subverted into a gigantic surveillance platform. ”

    Intentionally … 😉

  • grummbunger

    i see one useless tip. bin useless since day on of it’s release : pgp, long ago complied with 8 bit nsa/cia annd fbi backdoor, so only PERSONALLY programmed encryption will stop snooping. mine (out of date) has garbage bits built in too thwart Scottish broad sword decryption.

  • grummbunger

    lot of misinfo being posted here :( gotta clear that up. was some good stuff ask a hacker from old what server named level7 was goes back 15+ years was turned of when prism started. the spying is not new.