In June, we find out that a supposed, very expensive special phone that is always encrypted, that had been dangled before unlawful acting people was engineered by the FBI.
OK, probably the NSA, and the FBI took credit, but I don’t know.
Anyway, In June 2021 the law Enforcement agencies in different countries arrested those with the phones, Police agencies listening the whole time the phones were in use.
I am actually agreeable that criminals go to jail for distributing recreational drugs. I have seen some good people ruined because they thought they could try out drugs, without consequence. Recreational drugs compromised them, messed up, and some became addicts as well.
Likewise, if I worked for a computer company doing security things, like say running an email server and a government agency brought me proof that someone’s email was being used to distribute child porn. I would want to bend some rules to help. (it would be so easy for someone to make an email account look like it was being used wrongly. Send them a few generic adverts with links. After awhile change to the links to go to child porn) I can check it out. I am such a sucker for wanting to do right)
In the realm of my personal privacy, security - I have to resolve not to trust a particular piece of hardware or software. My security can easily be compromised by an update. People supplying update can be influenced by - lies, money, threats. I make the assumption, that those who claim to act in place of government, do all those things.
If I was the NSA, I would be the one putting out a lot of websites, that offer software for security. Or create the NSA’s ability to control those who work there.
In reality, I don’t plan on breaking the law. I don’t have enough money that any criminal would specifically target me. I am very unimportant in the scheme of the world.
Now, what am I getting at.
I can create some changes in my personal habits that can make a difference, I hope.
One is to create my own email server away from my house. Pay for some server space some place.
Also, to borrow software to create my own first hop away from wherever my computer is. Like say if I am using a laptop at a hotel. I connect to the internet with my hop being to place I have a personally encrypted connection to. Verify I am there. Then use that to enter the internet, perhaps by Tor, or by going to a commercial VPN.
My problem being that I really do not know how to write that code, I am hoping to borrow packages from here or there. Like Onionize my connection to my web space, and have built a way to enter the internet from there in a variety of ways. My being anonymous, I have to create after the first hop out.
I can prevent, my ISP, or the hotel servers from acting as a man in the middle. Perhaps look through the data as it went through my private server connection, and see if it has tracers trying to get out through it.
Anyone here know how to grab off pieces of software, and put them together for this?
I end this with a story. Once I met a fellow whose career had been to utilize networks of Cameras, Like a bank to watch their lobby. Manufacturers who needed to watch people to prevent theft. And so on.
He had decided he needed to find some other way to earn a living. He said after being in the business, he felt he had seen that a constant surveillance had a bad effect on the humans beings, even when it was needed to protect them. I am not a psychologist either, but he had not acquired that opinion lightly.