On recent developments from Government

Oh jesus. The government of the United Kingdom is going full retard and using Orwell’s 1984 as some sort of handbook to guide their decision making. As terrifying as this is purely as a concept, it is now reality.

As such, if we don’t want 1000 bored civil servants poring over our amazon shopping history and whatever else, it makes sense to secure what we do as much as possible.

Now, obviously how much you do to keep yourself secure depends on what you’re doing – your average user will probably only need a few browser plugins, but someone doing potentially unwanted (not illegal but questionable) things may want to take more precautions.

So I’ll attempt to lay out a few “tiers” of things you can do, to help keep Theresa May’s wrinkly palms off of your data.

The “I own a macbook pro for Facebook” Tier

This is gonna be the most basic you can get. Just a few plugins to keep the fed away ;)

  • Anything but chrome! Google slurps that data like an overenthusiastic student in freshers week with a 6-pack.
  • HTTPS Everywhere is a good start - POST data (the stuff you send to a website) is unreadable if you use HTTPS. Most sites support if, and if they don’t, they will soon.

  • Ublock Origin is also a good idea - Ad agencies love to track you, and the government has full legal ability to take that tracking data now. Plus, no ads!

The ‘I need to do secret stuff’ Tier

  • Tor Browser, whilst not totally perfect, is a pretty damn good way to keep what you do secret. Will also let you on .onion URLs.
  • Linux is a nice alternative to the windows most people use. It won’t send anything to microsoft, unlike windows though ;)

There are others, but that’ll get you a good start.

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