Afterthe Edward Snowden’s leak on classified U.S. documents, the public finally haveenough details about how the NSA is spying and eavesdropping on the internet,including the recent discovery of the deliberate weakening of cryptographicsystems by the NSA https://golem.ph.

utexas.edu/category/2014/10/new_evidence_of_nsa_weakening.html.

Furthermore, under the Planning Tool for Resource Integration,Synchronization, and Management (PRISM) program, online search engines andcompanies owning online mediums such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft give theNSA access to content in the form of private Internet communications, storeddata online and so on. This raises the question on how we should protectourselves. For example, Snowden warned that a simple change in government policywill allow a new President to quickly stretch its scope in just a fortnight. “Even our agreements with foreigngovernments, we consider that to be a stipulation of policy rather than astipulation of law.

And, because of that, a new leader will be elected,” Snowdensaid. “They’ll flip the switch, say that because of the crisis, because of thedangers that we face in the world–some new and unpredicted threat– we needmore authority, we need more power. And there will be nothing the people can doat that point to oppose it and it will be turnkey tyranny.” https://genius.com/Edward-snowden-interview-on-nsa-whistleblowing-full-transcript-annotated,Edward snowden himselfTo protect ourselves from surveillance isn’teasy, and it would be near impossible should the NSA, a powerful intelligenceagency, start targeting you personally. However, there are small steps that we couldtake, and make surveillance a little harder or much more expensive to crack into,both against you individually, and more generally against everyone.

Firstly,the usage of end-to-end encryption is greatly recommended by Bruce Schneier,who said that it will help protect our financial 

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