Stay Off the Grid: Ways to Safeguard Your Smartphone from the NSA

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If you’ve been following the latest developments following the unearthing of the NSA Prism program slides used by the National Security Agency (NSA)  alongside its British counterpart, you must have learned by now that spy agencies are gathering personal data sent by “leaky” smartphones.

In line with the provision of documents provided by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, The New York Times, The Guardian and ProPublica have all reported that the agency and Britain’s GHCQ accumulated data transmitted “in the clear” by the iconic “Angry Birds” game and various social media channels — Facebook, Flickr, Flixster, Google Maps, LinkedIn, Photobucket and Twitter.

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The Canadian Government Unmasked: Millions of File Sharers are Being Watched

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Edward Snowden blows the whistle again, spilling the details on how Canada’s main electronic surveillance agency is spying on file-sharing activity occurring in over 100 sites, including Kim Dotcom’s now defunct Megaupload in a bid to root out extremists.

If you are among the millions of file-sharers worldwide, your online activities are being closely monitored by prying eyes. Even though transactions take place discreetly from user to user via HTTP, interested parties such as rights holders, anti-piracy outfits and analytics companies are staking out sites like BitTorrent and other P2P networks on a daily basis, checking out your downloaded files and gathering data. This is especially so due to the public nature of these networks.

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