the Edward Snowden’s leak on classified U.S. documents, the public finally have
enough details about how the NSA is spying and eavesdropping on the internet,
including the recent discovery of the deliberate weakening of cryptographic
systems by the NSA
Furthermore, under the Planning Tool for Resource Integration,
Synchronization, and Management (PRISM) program, online search engines and
companies owning online mediums such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft give the
NSA access to content in the form of private Internet communications, stored
data online and so on. This raises the question on how we should protect
ourselves. For example, Snowden warned that a simple change in government policy
will allow a new President to quickly stretch its scope in just a fortnight.

“Even our agreements with foreign
governments, we consider that to be a stipulation of policy rather than a
stipulation of law. And, because of that, a new leader will be elected,” Snowden
said. “They’ll flip the switch, say that because of the crisis, because of the
dangers that we face in the world–some new and unpredicted threat– we need
more authority, we need more power. And there will be nothing the people can do
at that point to oppose it and it will be turnkey tyranny.”,
Edward snowden himself

To protect ourselves from surveillance isn’t
easy, and it would be near impossible should the NSA, a powerful intelligence
agency, start targeting you personally. However, there are small steps that we could
take, 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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