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.

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  • 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.

  • BuzzCoastin

    if you have a Intel (clue right there) based box
    vPro gives anyone with the “right”
    the ability to enter your box
    even while it’s shut down
    and without your being able to know of their intrusion

    so it looks like you’ll have to get rid of the box too
    (I assume AMD has been compromised too)

  • BuzzCoastin

    no box is ever really off
    even if you remove the battery
    therefore wifi is never really shut down
    putting the box in a steel box would minimize the risk
    you’re vulnerable

  • BuzzCoastin

    try this little test
    unplug & unbattery your box
    when you plugin again & power-up
    did the time & date change?
    no? why not?
    because there is another battery keeping the box from forgetting
    and keeping your wifi going

    but have it your way
    the smug usually have nothing to hide

  • BuzzCoastin

    I’m sorry dude
    I didn’t know your were a technological moron

  • BuzzCoastin

    What is reserve battery for laptops?
    Answer: C-MOS Reserve battery

    Dell Computers Coin Cell Reserve Battery

    from Amazon review:
    Original Dell Latitude D600 Laptop C-MOS Reserve battery began to fail after 9 years (clock kept losing time). The replacement battery pack arrived in 3 days, and although the wires were longer than the original battery, it fit fine, albeit snugly. Per the instructions, the battery was charged for 24 hours. Unfortunately, the computer’s clock continued to lose time. The seller, who was very responsive, advised to do a second 24-hour recharge cycle, which enabled the battery to meet expectations. If it hadn’t, the seller would have replaced it.

  • BuzzCoastin

    hey Jimmy
    we were not taking about hard disks or
    what is or isn’t remembered at shut down

    we were refuting your idiotic statement
    that there is no C-MOS battery

    interesting how the really stupid always flare-up
    when confronted with their stupidity

  • BuzzCoastin

    -o 70 10
    -o 71 aa

  • BuzzCoastin

    Definition: CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) is the term usually used to describe the small amount of memory on a computer motherboard that stores the BIOS settings.

    The CMOS is usually powered by a CR2032 cell battery. Most CMOS batteries will last the lifetime of a motherboard (up to 10 years in most cases) but will sometimes need to be replaced. Incorrect or slow system date and time and loss of BIOS settings are major signs of a dead or dying CMOS battery.
    Also Known As: complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor, non-volatile BIOS memory

  • grummbunger

    not true, the bios battery is a mere 5 volts, and the amperage is not enough to spin the stepper motor of the hard drive, there for your wireless (which i optionally mention that supplies no DOS drivers) can”t in fact load. the Quartz circuit that is referenced for time is supplied by the natural vibration of it’s crystal structure. but i find it funny james smith you feel posts ANYWHERE other than at fb or google are anywhere near safer than to there. you could proxy from Pakistan, but if you post as james smith you only think they can’t check “persistent networks or any other of the many files to find the ip back toward your real computer isp / account / ip / workgroup / thus right to your bank statement, phone number, address.

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