Skip to comments.Kim Komando: Browse like Bond: How to surf the Web like a spy
Posted on 10/06/2012 11:21:18 AM PDT by EveningStar
When you surf the Internet, everyone is watching...
Well, it's not as hard as you may think to browse anonymously and preserve your privacy. All you need are a few tools and some coaching in covert ops.
That's where I come in. Just call me Komando...Kim Komando...
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There was a time when I listened to the Kim Komando radio broadcast, but I haven’t caught it in a long time. I did learn some pointers from her, though, and enjoyed her programs.
Does any Freeper using a VPN have any advice?
Do not rely on anything to preserve your anonymity when you access the internet.
At the level of the National Government, the internet is pretty much an open book - especially in the US. Most screen names can be traced to their authors within a few seconds, regardless of what countermeasures that you use. At best you might hold off a trace for a few minutes.
VPN relay servers merely act as registration agents for the Agencies. You might just as well send them your name and address.
Just look up stuff in Utah. All your internet belongs to us.
I wrote off Komando a while back for some "opinion" she gave on something or another that was obviously an opinion she was paid to have.
That's not to say she might have news you could use, but I almost always automatically tune her out.
I think she does a good job. She is very well versed on programs that can help out. I really don’t care about her endorsements. Plus she is a Hottie!
He forces somebody else to do it at gunpoint.
The short answer is yes but there is tremendous volume and finding a specific individual’s comments in that sea of information is no easy task.
Those who wish to remain truly anonymous will use multiple relays through various countries with all kinds of fancy toys (code) to hide their presence. Even then, it is a contest of will and skill.
For someone looking to make their internet footprint as small as possible, start by doing a Google search on your full name. The information available just might surprise you.
But for casual use Firefox with private browsing makes me feel a little better about casual observers. Not the Fed Agencies.
For the agencies, “All of your bases belong to us”.
I have listened to Kim Komando occasionally but quite frankly do not think she is really that tech savvy.
I am however a Linux user. Started with that OS in 1994 or 1995. Seldom fire us a Windows machine. But I maintain my wife’s windows computer.
I’ve done well.. been on PCs since 1980.. on ‘net’ since 1992 (ftp).. and was on the internet when it was still dial-up (using Netscape)..
Did a check a couple of days ago.. the peoplefinder sites have my name (plus about 60 other people with the same name).. but the listed adress is from more than 15 years ago.
not a single pic..
Of course, I have always been wary of posting any personal info online ;)
What if someone listens to packets going to and coming from HMA? They would easily see your traffic just as much if they simply monitored your Internet connection. Wait...what if they simply monitor your Internet connection via your ISP?
Anyone thinking there is any way possible to hide your Internet traffic has no clue how HTTP works.
I haven’t heard her in years.......
I won’t use Google for a search. I use IXQ, they claim to be the world’s most private search engine. Searches all the big ones, but no tracking your IP, and no cookies.
The information available just might surprise you.
Never though too much about this issue until I went on-line several months ago to look for less expensive auto insurance. Didn’t put in any personal info but up popped a Google pic of my car in my driveway with the question, “Is this the car you want to insure?” along with my name, ZIP code and mileage on my car. Discovered the source was likely the State of Texas as I had just gotten my annual safety inspection and auto license.
I can also find out how much my neighbor’s real estate taxes are and whether they are current. It’s scary what is considered public information, let alone private information.
you CANNOT surf/browse/email without being monitored. PERIOD.
The illusion of privacy on the internet is, and has been, a perception you can’t be tracked. There are many, many methods used to track people online, and believing someone like Kim Komando can make you “invisible” is a recipe for failure.
GET OVER IT. There is no internet privacy.
Funny thing is, the people who want online privacy the most are the dullards who post their whole like, comings and goings and opinions online.
This goes way, way back to the days the government (yes, ours) intercepted international calls (been happening since the 60s)
The most likely scenario is they are going to see your activity on a website and track your IP address to the VPN. Unless the VPN service provider tells them the IP address they are mapping your traffic to, it's a dead end.
The key is that the VPN provider must be trustworthy.
That's my theory. I am more than happy to be disabused of it.
HTTP has two primary pieces of information that is useful: What your IP address is and what the request is to the distance server. At a minimum they can tell what server you’re trying to get to, even if you use a proxy server, that server is sending messages to other servers. As far as encryption: All commercial encryption is a joke. All encryption. It is just plain silly to think that commercial encryption beats military encryption. If that were the case then why would the military have its own encryption? 2048 bit keys? So? Key length means not much. There are military systems that dont even use keys. What math algorithm are you using? Is it weak? Do you really know? What is its relation to a rather large prime number? I remember reading of largest prime number found by universities of lengths the NSA had 30+ years ago. Primes are how encryption is cracked, not brute force against keys, so key length means nothing. Once the NSA has the right prime factored equation to crack an encryption equation they simply put that onto a chip and run it at high speed in large numbers. The military/intel agencies wouldn’t maintain extremely large data collection sytems if all everyone had to do was encrypt using commercial encryption.
Just use Start Page.
Nope. None at all. If you become a target or the data centers want to read your communications, they will. I always assume everything I send over the Internet is being read by someone. There are two rules I live by, that one, and NEVER have ANYTHING even remotely illegal in my house. Nothing, ever.
That is a very big assumption that is very probably wrong.
In any event the endpoints of a VPN connection are easy to track even if the messages remain encrypted. Some of those endpoints will certainly become infested with government-developed keyloggers and other malware that will attempt to install on your PC.
If "they" think it may be worthwhile, "they" can and will track you down to physical location. The Fusion centers are very good at sifting through fields of haystacks to find a needle.
Of course they will get about 174 plausible matches on a good search and the results may be somewhat ambiguous for some posters. What with overtime limits and all, it may take several days for anyone to show up at your door.
In fact, the search for you may never get run because there are too many requests ahead of yours.
This would be quite likely. However if Obama got another term, the Government would be overwhelmed by unsolvable economic and military crisis that would make Internet posting histories mostly irrelevant in very short order.
The effective surveillence infrastructure that monitors the Internet would deteriorate rapidly when staffers start worrying about their own relatives in the food lines.
In the mean time it is wise to remain civil and legal in all actions.