Is the CIA Watching Me?
There are more and more talks that governmental agencies are watching the population in many different ways. Methods of doing it are many, checking your internet activities is one of them. With the global expansion of the internet and the availability of communication devices, it has become quite simple.
There exist automated means to process people’s personal information. It is done to almost 90% of internet users, according to the report of The Freedom of the Net. The CIA, in cooperation with NASA, uses special equipment to spy on all forms of communication between people. Supercomputers process this information and identify threatening words or phrases.
But you have to think soberly when you consider this issue. Is it actually possible to watch every citizen in the country? We don’t think so. If you have done nothing to threaten the country’s security if you do not pronounce “alerting” words like bomb, terrorist attack in your conversations, you are unlikely to be followed by a couple of strong guys from the CIA to see what you do and who you meet. But it is not improbable these structures do not store your personal information in a global database. You may relax with complete confidence.
Even if you have done nothing bad, your data may still be collected. You will be completely unaware of it.
Check these 4 signs that indicate you might be watched by the CIA:
- Your webcam is on, but you did not turn it on. Do you think a webcam is a great way to make your communication more exciting? It is true. But you might not know that this is also a great tool for governmental agencies to watch you.
They don’t even have to break into your house to do that. They only need to find a way to infect your system with the Gumfish tool, and your cam will take photos and videos of you or record your conversations at their request.
- Your phone call records. Did you know that it is possible your phone calls are being listened to? Normally, the CIA can not listen to your phone calls without a warrant. But they don’t need it to access your phone records. Analysis of your phone calls, people you talk to, duration of your phone calls can give a clear picture of who you are and your life to governmental agencies.
- Your gadget was hacked. Who do we blame in the first place when our devices get hacked? That’s right, the hackers. Yet, we forget that this can be the work of the CIA. The difference is that a hacker would do it for a personal reason, and the CIA would do it if they have reasons to consider you a national threat.
There is no need to mention that the CIA has all kinds of latest malware to hack devices. They even have a separate unit that specializes in finding methods to spy on devices with different operating systems. Once they get into your phone or computer, they will make it spy for them.
- There is always a camera close to you. Some of the most-watched areas are America and the UK. They’ve got the biggest number of public cameras. The estimates say that there is 1 public camera for every 10 people in such countries.
Is it possible to hide from being watched?
If for some reason, you were put on a watch list, you can’t do much to stop governmental agencies from gathering information about you. Do not think, however, and they are all-powerful. Even if the things described below might seem useless to you, do not neglect them. Doing them little by little, you will put barriers and lessen the chances of being watched.
- Regular update of your gadgets. Set automatic updates of the programs you use in your gadget. You may forget to do it manually, but the automatic update will give you additional protection in the form of advanced bug fixes and other tools for vulnerability.
- Always use a VPN connection. VPN will not only encrypt your conversations but also protect your personal data on the internet and change your IP address.
- Do not open suspicious emails. Everybody knows about it, but still, not everybody avoids opening them. By opening one of such emails, you may let malware into your computer that will not bring you anything good.
- Limit the information you share on your social media. If you are not ready to deactivate your accounts in social media completely, then, at least, mind what you share there. Try not to post any personal information, locations, photos, etc.
- Cover your webcam. Even if your webcam is already hacked, covering it will decrease the amount of information they can get through it.
- Be mindful with your Smart TV. Did you know that smart TVs can help to spy on you too? If you already have one, make sure you always unplug it when you don’t watch it and turn off all voice-related features.
To sum up, we would like to remind you that even if you have done nothing to threaten the security of the country, it does not mean you are not being watched by the CIA. They’ve got many reasons to watch the population. Make sure you use our tips to minimize total surveillance.