Infamous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has offered his advice on how average citizens can protect their privacy.
In an interview with The Intercept the former security agency employee outlined five simple steps we can all take to maintain our online security.
This easy-to-use app encrypts your mobile phone messages – as long as the person you’re calling or texting also has the app.
Developed by Open Whisper Systems, the app is available for both iOS and Android.
Use ‘two-factor authentication’ on your accounts
This way an attacker needs not only your password, but also a physical device, like your smartphone, to get the secondary code that opens your account.
Get a password manager
Programmes such as KeePassX, will ensure your passwords are diversified across all accounts. So, if one account becomes compromised, they won’t all become compromised.
Install and use Tor
It looks almost exactly like your browsing in Firefox – only your traffic will be bounced all across the globe, covering your physical location and identity (to a point).
Run adblock software
If only from a safety perspective this a great way to stop potential hackers from honing in on you.
“By using these programs, people have already changed the conversation about security and privacy,” said Snowden.
And it seems like even big companies are taking note. Apple have added DuckDuckGo – the search engine that doesn’t track – as an option on its Safari browser.
Snowden went on to say:
The ability to take control of your privacy has become more attainable than ever.
The trick is getting more people to adopt these programs – that’s how we’ll create lasting change.
So there you have it from the man himself, if you’re worried about the very real threat of Big Brother watching your every online move, these tips could throw them off the scent – for now…