When I first came across Bitcoin around four years ago, I was already interested in maintaining my personal right to privacy online although it was only through following the road of the digital currency that led me to an interest in encryption and how to use it and really maintain my right to a private life.
As most people know when you are online nothing is private, you have your internet service provider (ISP) monitoring everything you do and storing it on a database, your IP address is like your home phone number and can pinpoint your location and then you have the likes of Facebook connecting it all together for marketing purposes at the very least and playing with people’s emotions at the worst.
How many of you have been looking up a flight on an app like EasyJet for example only to google your local news afterwards and have advertisements for what you just looked at in the App pop up at you on your local news source website?
Then you have all the government spy agencies were someone who you don’t know is monitoring what you’re looking up, listening to your personal phone calls to your wife or kids, reading your text messages, checking out your photos stored on devices, what music you listen to, media programmes you watch, who you associate with and every other personal detail they can access about you, using it to build a psychological profile of us individually and storing it on a database.
They then use reverse psychology in the mainstream media using phrases like “if you’ve nothing to hide, then you shouldn’t be bothered” and “this is essential to protect us from terrorism”.
Firstly the vast majority of the population have nothing to hide except their right to a private life which has slowly been eroded under the guise of false flags; and secondly I don’t see this mass surveillance stopping 15 year old boys hacking major corporations or bomb attacks going off in major cities, so what is its real purpose?
I personally believe it is being used as a weapon against us; they want to know how our minds tick, what we like/dislike, what triggers us emotionally and in what ways.
The corporate world we have evolved into which is reaching the ultimate climax with the likes of Donald Trump going for presidency of the United States is evidence enough that this information will be used against us all to control our every action by the new custodians of the world for their financial benefit.
So what actions should be taken?
I am in no way technologically educated, anything I know I have researched and learnt myself so basically anyone can use these methods to maintain some of their right to privacy.
Encryption seems to be our last stand and they don’t like us using it but it still isn’t illegal so I advise everyone who already isn’t using it to research it, learn it and start using it.
There are many companies out there providing easy to use services for all our needs from ProtonMail which offers an end to end encryption email service, Signal encrypts all messages and phone calls and then you have PGP which basically encrypts everything from individual files to whatever is stored on our laptops.
To protect your passwords use two-factor authentication or a password manager like KeePassX.
Then you have Virtual Private Networks and Tor which encrypts our internet usage leaving the ISPs and government spy agencies out in the cold with no information to supply to marketing and advertising groups or gaining control of how our minds work.
I’m sure to some reading this it all sounds like conspiracy theory stuff and to others that encryption is a bluff, but there are examples out there of what’s really going on behind the scenes and Bitcoin is proof enough for me that encryption works, after seven years of existence and not a single penetrable attempt has succeeded in attacking the protocols network.
So if you value your privacy encrypt, encrypt, encrypt and regain a basic human right that we are all entitled too.