NSA is Still Spying on You! Here’s What You Need to KnowPosted on 1st November 2018
Um, not to make you paranoid or anything, but did you know NSA is still constantly watching you? It has been a while after Edward Snowden allowed ordinary users to have a sneak peek at what is happening behind the NSA doors. Moreover, the netizens did not like that.
However, after the scandal subsided a little, the Security Agency returned to their old practices at spying on people. Even though the revelations brought by Snowden sparked interest in personal security and facilitated the discussion of public surveillance, nothing really has changed on a greater scale. And here are some proofs.
Six Ways How NSA Spies on the US Citizens
1. They collect your conversation records and messages. In 2017 alone, the agency collected a total of 530 million phone calls and text messages. That is more than three times the amount that was collected in 2015, after the US FREEDOM Act, which supposedly was intended to limit the NSA power over citizens’ data. Obviously, it didn’t really work.
2. Your ISPs and online services hand the information to the NSA. We have said this a million times, and will save it a million more – most ISPs willingly hand in your browsing and metadata to the NSA and sometimes advertising agencies. More than that, most of the ultra-popular services, such as Google, Apple, Facebook, and Dropbox pass information to the NSA.
3. They can hack into your device easily. Have you ever heard of Computer Network Operations, previously known as Tailored Network Operations? Under this fancy name hides one of the NSA units that can hack into any device and IT system they find to be threatening to the national security. So, you are protected from their intervention only if you are using the owl post. And even then – not quite.
4. Most of the devices have security loopholes. This may give you some Illuminati vibes, but the NSA actually makes software and hardware producers embed loopholes and vulnerabilities for the agency to exploit. Also, when a security hole is reported, the NSA takes it into account for further usage rather than closes it.
5. They can track your location at any given time. You can be tracked only when the GPS is on, right? Wrong! Cell phone towers can pinpoint your exact location due to the “grid” system. Though the NSA claims that it is not collecting this location data anymore, they once again have found a loophole. Cellphone providers are obliged to record that data and store it, as well as hand it over when asked.
6. They have a list of all the things you own and buy. Do you think the target adds are annoying? Well, marketing agencies are nothing compared to the NSA. It is almost certain that they have access to your credit cards records and can actually monitor every penny and where it goes.
Don’t Fear Hackers – Fear the NSA
Though hacking is a prevalent threat, it is occasional and quite rare, compared to the mass surveillance, which is omnipresent. We can’t guarantee you 100% protection from the NSA’s inquisitive eyes. To achieve that you’ll probably have to sell all your stuff and move to live somewhere in a place where no human has ever tread.
However, you still can stay put and acquire a higher level of privacy and security. Download VeePN and enjoy the following benefits:
• Anonymous Internet browsing and location protection using a different IP address
• Access blocked websites and restricted content, stream media without limits
• Improved security, as your data is traveling through an encrypted tunnel
• Automatic public Wi-Fi protection – no need to worry about hackers and snoopers now
• Higher personal profile privacy, as you are not giving away any information about your online activity
Of course, the NSA still has its ways to get to citizens, but VPN at least can grant you some Internet privacy. And considering how much time we are spending there now, this is quite an improvement to your informational privacy.
What do you think about these surveillance methods – do they seem legit, or are we just a bunch of paranoiacs? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to check other blog posts!