What Is the NSA? What You Should Know, and Why You Should Care.
The NSA (National Security Agency) has been in the news numerous times over the past few years, but many people are still not fully aware of what it is, why its actions are controversial, and why now, more than ever, we should care about what it is up to.
What Can I Do to Maintain My Own Privacy Today?
You can't do much about Google giving your search terms to the NSA if it wants them. However, you can protect yourself from government data collection from another angle by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). A VPN gives you more privacy in a number of ways. It hides your location by changing your IP address. You can even spoof being in another country. In addition, your VPN takes all the data from your Internet activity and encrypts it, which means no one can collect it. Therefore, it's also a way to stay protected from hackers. It's your very own secure connection to the Internet. There is one caveat though. While your IP address is masked while you're browsing, some VPN providers keep logs that could trace the spoofed IP address back to you, so make sure you choose one that doesn't do that. ZenMate, for example, doesn't log your personal data at all, so if the NSA did come knocking to ask for a list of its users, it wouldn't have any information to offer. Furthermore, being based in Berlin, Germany, we as a company are not required to follow the strict laws regarding data collection by the federal government as US-based providers are. Protect your privacy; connect with a VPN.