Me, the NSA, and you pt. 1

Paranoia is at an all-time high this year. When former CIA and NSA employee Edward Snowden leaked documents that detail how the Government hoards all of our data, and then scourers it’s way through all of it to find leads on terrorists.

Of course the public is outraged. I would be too. I am not a terrorist, and I don’t need the Government to go through my embarrassing Facebook posts to prove that. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be highlighting a reason why you should be worried about this. It makes you think. When Microsoft announced their new Xbox One console, people were worried that the new always on Kinect camera can listen into your conversations or watch you play Video Games in your underwear.

Microsoft of course is one of the companies that allowed the Government to go through it’s data. The Guardian recently published an interesting story focusing on the NSA scandal, and it’s effect on us. You know the average joe. Let’s take a look at the at the first interesting point brought up in the article, shall we?

1. Think you’re living off the grid? Think again.

Most people think they fooled the system but not having an online presence. One might think that they can relatively become on untraceable because they choose to not have a Facbook or Twitter account, or deleted their online history. It reminds of an episode the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. One of the characters, Ron Swanson, went on a voyage to get rid of every piece of proof to show that he ever existed.

Little that he knows, that isn’t the case.

Every time you search the term “cats and pizza” into Google, that’s logged with the NSA forever. so the best course of action is to monitor what you do online.

Think of it like a job interview or something like that. Potential employers are now referring to your internet history to see if you’re a fit with the company. Your internet history can come back to bite you in the ass. Be safe.

Use protection. I’ll be back next week.

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