With all the news lately about the NSA using everything from Angry Birds, to your Xbox, to your Yahoo! accounts you may be concerned that the NSA or someone else is spying on you and your data. Unfortunately, unless you are using the right security tools to monitor what’s happening on your computer or phone then you may never know. Also, any data you store in the Cloud or interact with in the Cloud can also be used to spy on you.
The best way to protect yourself from prying eyes is to use inbound and outbound monitoring software on your computer to see who or what is connecting to your computer and to see what your computer is sending back out to the Internet. On the Mac we like to use Little Snitch, and on our Windows PCs we use Zone Alarm or NetLimiter. As far as personal or private data you have in the Cloud there isn’t really much you can do about that because the Cloud provider or service provider where your data is hosted can provide access to organization with the right credentials who want your data. On your game console or phone things become much more complicated as you’ll have to use some very specialized software and tools to monitor. We’ll cover more tools for phones and game consoles in another article.
Apple security flaw could be a backdoor for the NSA
AFP Photo / Kevork Djansezian Was the National Security Agency exploiting two just-discovered security flaws to hack into the iPhones and Apple computers of certain targets? Some skeptics are saying there is cause to be concerned about recent coincidences regarding the NSA and Apple.
NSA helped UK spy agency collect millions of photos from Yahoo web chats
We have read a lot of shocking things about the National Security Agency’s spying practices but this new revelation might be the most shocking one yet.
The British Surveillance Agency Spied on Millions of Yahoo Video Chats With the NSA’s Help
Between 2008 and 2010, Britain’s surveillance agency, the GCHQ, worked with the NSA to spy on millions of Yahoo user video chats-even though the people were not suspected of any crime-and store millions of still images from the chats. The Guardian learned this from documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The…
The US government, with assistance from major telecommunications carriers including AT&T, has engaged in a massive illegal dragnet surveillance of domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001.
Senators to investigate NSA role in GCHQ ‘Optic Nerve’ webcam spying
Three US senators are planning to investigate any role the National Security Agency played in its British partner’s mass collection of Yahoo webcam images. Reacting to the Guardian’s revelation on Thursday that UK surveillance agency GCHQ swept up millions of Yahoo users’ webcam chats, senators Ron Wyden, Mark Udall and Martin Heinrich said in a joint statement that “any involvement of US agencies in the alleged activities reported today will need to be closely scrutinized”.