A friend of mine (a popular YouTube prepper) called me last night and told me that he has been hearing about other preppers being questioned by authorities about their “suspicious online activity” and a few even reported being held for up to 48 hours with no charges. In 2014, one of the preppers that appeared on Doomsday Preppers had his guns confiscated, so this has been going on for at least 2 years now (realistically way longer). Preppers are being targeted. Our liberties and freedom are being attacked daily, and unfortunately, way too many of us don’t know what we need to know in order to protect our privacy.
What Draws Government Attention?
Have you looked into making your own bio fuel, growing your own food, storing water, and purchasing survival firearms lately? Well, if you have, then it could land you right in jail. According the The Department of Homeland Security, the above activities are “suspicious” and may be linked to terrorist activity, but how does the government track our online activity if we are not already on a watch list?
These Cookies Aren’t Chocolate Chip
There are two basic ways that computers are tracked across the web. The first way is through what is called a “cookie”. While this may seem like basic knowledge, there are people that aren’t familiar with how cookies work.
The best way to describe it is that a cookie is a small file that is added to your computer so that websites recognize you when you come back. When you click the option to stay logged in on a site, that cookie is used to identify your computer.
The problem with cookies is that any website can drop one on your computer with or without your knowledge. Cookies tend to be site specific, which means they can only be used on one site in most cases. The big exception to this are Google owned sites, which are all linked by a single user name and password.
Recently, Amazon has jumped on board the IP tracking train, in order to better target ads to consumers. An IP address is just like having a home address, and it doesn’t changed, which means it can be tracked across multiple sites.
While authorities aren’t saying exactly how the browsing history was tracked, it is most likely that they installed a RAT (remote access trojan). RATs give intruders access to computers without them having to be physically present. From there it is easy to install a keylogger, which will reveal everything typed on the computer, including user names and passwords. This is a very popular tool that hackers use to steal identities and drain bank accounts.
How To Hide Everything
Hiding online is pretty easy if you know how and what software to get. Luckily, the software is 100% free, and used together, it is nearly impossible to track anything you do.
Tor is a free encrypted web browser that allows you to hide your real location from websites and law enforcement.
Virtual Private Network
A virtual private network (VPN) is a proxy that allows you to hide where you’re connecting to the internet from. When used with Tor, it becomes nearly impossible to track your location. Private Tunnel is the best VPN around, and it’s free.