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#1 Powermaniac7

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 05:08 AM

Hi all,

Recently discovered some fucked up sites on the net and reported there content considering here in Australia the content they were hosting is highly illegal although I think it is a site hosted in the USA so...

Anyway I emailed them enquiring about some questions and laws here regarding certain prohibited materials and haven't been replied to...I've started to wonder is there a way to check and monitor if anyone is monitoring you. Considering these days Governments seem to have access to so much information but you don't have the right to know they are 'listening'.

I almost doubt Australia has the resources to really monitor people here anyway let alone the computer systems to scan so much internet traffic.

Also, I was wondering whether any of you use Encryption software and if so, why and what do you use, and if not, why not? Also intrigued by encryption and cryptography in general considering one of the law enforcement agencies in America recently had a news release to do with them whining about the fact that can't crack 256-bit encryption.

Anyway any replies are appreciated.

#2 TheFunk

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:02 PM

It depends, what are you attempting to encrypt? I use PGP for encrypting files, hard drives, etc. For communications I try to do everything possible over the secure sockets layer, which provides a secure tunnel between hosts. For example, if you run your own web server, you can enable mod-ssl, generate an RSA key and viola you can connect via HTTPS to the server.

Encryption is used in many ways, but if you're looking for some common programs for file encryption try Bitlocker in Windows and Seahorse/GnuPG in Linux.

Hope this helped!

#3 Seal

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 02:15 PM

Your traffic is probably being monitored by a plethora of signal intelligence agencies, but I doubt very much that you would ever be targeted as a person of interest. These agencies pilfer through data to gather intelligence about national security, and could care less that you like donkey porn.

I don't use encryption for files. I used to, and when I did, I made sure to use something that was platform independent. TrueCrypt with multiple passes was my choice. For surfing, I use HTTPS if I'm on a public network. I also do not bank or use any financial services from a public network, mostly because PayPal doesn't much like it when you're a Canadian logging in from Africa. For my wifi network, I use WEP for backward compatibility.




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