Preppers Being Rounded Up For Suspicious Online Activity: The Governmet Is Watching Our Every Move

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.

IP Tracking

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.

Government RATs

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.

Encrypted Browser

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.

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Obama’s Executive Order: Preppers To Be Targeted In An Effort To Track Cash Transactions

Cash use to be the currency of choice for those of us that are concerned about the government being too involved in our personal lives. Many preppers believe that cash is the perfect way to hide their prepping and other personal activities. That is no longer the case. Your cash transactions can be tracked.

  • Cash is tracked at grocery stores via customer rewards cards.
  • Cash is tracked at your bank via The Patriot Act guidelines.
  • Cash is tracked via your emails and text messages.

If you think setting up a cash transaction with a person that you met on Craigslist is a good way to conceal your activity, think again. If you are investigated for any reason, you have left a digital record for anyone to follow.

Customer Rewards Cards

They started off as a way to more effectively market to customers, but recently, the government has issued subpoenas for shopping records. Every time you use your rewards card, it tracks what you buy, whether you use cash or card, and what time you tend to shop. This information can be used to determine the general area you live in, and your shopping patterns. What else can your rewards card reveal about you?

  • The time you are most likely to be away from your home shopping.
  • How much food and other supplies you are likely to have on hand.
  • Whether or not you’re a vegan or lactose intolerant.
  • The kind of medicine you take for illness or disability.
  • Whether or not you have children and what gender they are.

It’s kind of scary when you think about how much you can learn about someone just by knowing their shopping history.

Your Bank and The Patriot Act

After 9/11 George Bush Jr. managed to get The Patriot Act passed into law. The public was originally told that it would only last 100 days, but here we are 15 years later, and it’s still law. It use to be that if the government was not looking at you specifically, you could move as much cash in and out of your account as you wanted to. Now banks are required to report the following:

  • Cash deposits over $10,000.
  • Cash withdrawals over $10,000.
  • Structuring.

If you don’t know what structuring is, it is making deposits or withdrawals that seem like you intentionally want to avoid triggering a government notification. An example would be withdrawing $2,500 at a time over the course of a few days, instead of making one large cash withdrawal.

How To Hide Your Activity

Hiding your online activity and buying activity is becoming harder by the day. Fortunately, there are very smart people that keep adapting to the government’s attempts to eradicate our privacy.

  • It is possible to browse the internet anonymously.
  • It is possible to hide your IP address while you browse.
  • It is possible to hide every purchase you make online.

Browsing The Internet Anonymously

Perhaps most famous for being used to access what we call “the deep web” or “the dark web”, Tor is an encrypted internet browser that allows you to surf the internet completely anonymously.

Hiding Your IP Address

Another great program that allows you to change your IP, which in turn changes the location you appear to be browsing from, is Private Tunnel. Private Tunnel is a VPN (virtual private network), and when used in conjunction with Tor, it provides complete anonymity.

Shopping Anonymously Online

The best way to shop online is to use what is called “crypto currency”, and at the moment, the most stable, most widely used, and most popular is Bitcoin (BTC). Setting up a Bitcoin “wallet” is completely anonymous and it is similar to setting up a Swiss bank account. There are no names attached, and all accounts are identified by a combination of numbers and letters.

Bitcoins can be transferred from person to person completely anonymously, and since there is no central bank, they are currently not traceable. If you haven’t looked into Bitcoin as a currency, now may be the time to do so.

Conclusion

Even though hiding our personal activity is getting harder, it is by no means impossible. Armed with a little bit of knowledge, the average person can completely hide their online activity and purchases.