Spying on you

They know who you are; they know where you go.
Tom Jackson
May 31, 2013


It's the Golden Age for communication. 

A generation ago, long-distance messaging consisted of letter-writing and phone calls from a telephone anchored to the wall.

These days, thanks to cell phones and the Internet, anyone can communicate from almost anywhere to almost anyone, using technology that sounded like science fiction 20 years ago. On Twitter, or on Skype, it makes little difference if you're in Milan in Italy or in Milan in Ohio.

But with all these blessings come many curses. 

That is, it's also the Golden Age for surveillance. If you fall under suspicion, there are new ways for the government to track you and learn all about you. 

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It's not just the government (though the extreme erosion of Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights is troubling at best). It's also corporate America along with the criminal element worldwide.

Can you be more careful? You bet! Use Ixquick as a search engine instead of Google. Stay away from Yahoo! (have you READ their new email "privacy" policy?) and gmail (usually held up as the poster child for intrusive data collection and marketing practices). Don't accept cookies on your browser (look it up; they're easy enough to block). Switch to a more secure browser (I'd recommend Firefox, which also comes with a number of nice add-ons like pop-up blockers and a tracker blocker). And DON'T conduct business online (most ESPECIALLY if you connect wirelessly)!

Is it inconvenient? Yes, sometimes, but nowhere near as inconvenient as identify theft or massive amounts of spam overflowing your emailbox! Got nothing to hide? Sure, you may not, but does that mean you're willing to accept all of the downsides that follow your loss of privacy?

None of these things will protect you from targeted government intrusion or even a reasonably competent hacker. But those are lesser dangers in general terms.

The golden rule: If you wouldn't want it on a billboard on Route 250, DON'T PUT IT ONLINE.

The Big Dog's back

It's mostly corporate "Amerika" spying on you. Think about it.


"We collect the domain name and e-mail address (where possible) of visitors to our Web page; the e-mail addresses of those who post messages to our bulletin board, the e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via e-mail and the e-mail addresses of those who make postings to our chat areas; aggregate information on what pages consumers access or visit; user-specific information on what pages consumers access or visit; and information volunteered by the consumer, such as survey information and/or site registrations."


"From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. ..."

- Sandusky Register Privacy Policy



@ SamAdams
A+ post

Gotta be safe out there. It's a pretty complicated and time consuming process to correct if your identity is stolen.


Research RFID (radio-frequency identification)


Your identity and credit cards can be compromised.

"RFID chips are super cool because those little buggers can beam things wirelessly. The guys at Mythbusters totally thought so too and wanted to make an episode about how trackable and hackable RFID chips were. Sounds amazing! Everyone would've learned more about the technology that's invisibly invading our lines. But, nope. Credit Card companies banned 'em."


"How to protect your credit card with RFID chip from unauthorized scans"

"You can also buy protective sleeves for your cards and IDs that block the signal from being picked up, or use tinfoil as a low cost alternative for that."


Hey,you guys asked for it,don't complain.you sent all those crooked lawyers to D.C.and Bozo.This is only the beginning.Wait till he is done in Crime City and sitting down with his Muslim Brothers and giving them this country.Another thing where is the news on all the Black Riots in the major cities ?


Really? How about telling us some more.


Please do another article on the best way to get off the grid.


Visit http://www.nocards.org as a good place to start (not to mention some information that will likely surprise those who haven't thought much about certain things like loyalty cards).

"One Nation Under Surveillance" by Boston T. Party covers many of the issues quite well and also offers alternatives and foils.

Easy places to start: Stop using google, start using Ixquick, StartPage, or DuckDuckGo. Stop using gmail or yahoo, and start using Mailvault, Hushmail, or check out StarPage's beta release of an email system. Get rid of Internet Explorer or Chrome, and install Firefox (it's free). Add-ons for Firefox include some really handy items like proxies so that when your IP is tracked, it's not actually your IP.

For those sites that require a valid email address for a sign-up, check into temporary addresses. There are a number of them out there that are valid for about an hour and then just disappear on their own. Lavabit is one of them; there are many others.

These are easy things. There's a whole lot more that you can do that involves a corresponding amount of effort and incovenience (at least to get set up). A lot of it, though, is worth it.

NOTHING is 100% safe or secure, but if you make yourself a more difficult target, most of the bad guys will move on to easier marks. Let's face it: There are a LOT of those easier marks out there! I just don't think we ought to volunteer to be among them!


You can run but you cannot hide. You pretty much have to have no phone, no utility bills, no car, no job and no mail. And how can you live without some of those things, right?


Go Nobama!

The Big Dog's back


Sharin' Johnson

This article is sure to worry up the old people.


Oh well,, people post their personal stuff all the time on Facebook and twitter and don't think twice about it ...

NO ONE ( yes, it's 2 words ) is putting a gun to their head do that.

People are their own worst Big Brother.

The Big Dog's back

You're right starry.


Your credit cards and wireless internet are the least of your worries folks. Big Brother already has a microchip inside you, similar to the one you put in your dog.

If you have visited the doctor in the last 10 years, it is inside you.



swiss cheese kat's picture
swiss cheese kat

So that's why you keep wearing the tinfoil hat.


If you were okay with warrantless searches that were unconstitutional until Bush's Patriot Act rewrote the 4th Amendment to the Constitution, then you don't get to complain about any supposed attacks on the 4th Amendment in 2013.

I just ran the word Jackal through my Redneck translator, and was not surprised to learn that it translates as: racist wingnut.


@coasterfan You have to remember that President Obama continued the Patriot Act when it was about to expire and don't forget NDAA, that was all Obama's. Neither Bush or Obama have done anything of substance. All political officials care about is getting re-elected. They do not care about you or I, they just want to stay in power. Government does not serve us, it serves it own self interest. Eisenhower was right when he spoke of a vast military empire, we spend 53 cents on the dollar on defense...and this has not changed one bit under Obama. Our founding fathers warned about having a standing army, if you have one they will look for something to fight. In the early years of our nation there we state militias and no standing army or navy.


What coaster said........

Want to keep your purchase secret, pay cash.

2cents's picture

Anything over five thousand requires the bank posting to the IRS last time I heard. Both withdraw and deposit, done to stop drug traffic.


@ 2cents:

According to Freakonomics, "System D," the underground economy is the second largest economy on Earth - AND growing.


FDIC insurance? Furgitaboutit.



SR is writing this article to cover their own butts because they disclosed names of bloggers and much more! They want people to believe that when phones get hacked or other PRIVATE names it's due to your computer not their employees!! Also in regard to the swiping of a phone and recorded conversations that they don't want to talk about...

swiss cheese kat's picture
swiss cheese kat

I never used my real name to sign up for SR.


The Patriot Act?

"On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011,a four-year extension of three key provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act: roving wiretaps, searches of business records (the 'library records provision'), and conducting surveillance of 'lone wolves' — individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities not linked to terrorist groups."


"Lone wolves"?

"When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them." - Atlas Shrugged

Who watches the watchers?


Immigrants can be detained indefinitely on just suspicion, without any real evidence. What a nice justice system big brother provides it's citizens with.

2cents's picture

So what happened to detaining the boys from Boston?


From the 419 must have skipped gov class.. doesn't shays rebellion ring a bell? When there is no army or cops banks and court houses got burned to the ground n there was no one to call for help... think about it. We allready have countries that hate us what would happen if there was no army or navy to defend us Einstein


I didn't say not to have police, I also stated the founding father's believed in state militias to protect states. We currently have 900 military bases in 130 countries in the world, you really think this is necessary? We are spending 53 cents of every dollar on defense, that is nuts, a 3T dollar budget with 1.6T in tax receipts and 1.4T deficit. As you said I ain't no Einstein, but lets face it we are broke and can't be the policeman of the world. Here are a few links I'd like you to look at and get back to me after viewing them.


swiss cheese kat's picture
swiss cheese kat

900 military bases in 130 countries is to protect corporate profits, so it is necessary.


Yep, there are those in power that say "They hate us because of our Freedom." What a joke, they hate us because our military is all over the world and they wish they would go home. We have more people in prison than China....and how many more times the population do they have. I agree with the corporate profits, but also to keep feeding the vast military complex that really runs this country. We have been in a constant state of war since Korea.