Jacob Appelbaum is lead developer on the Tor Project, an anonymizing web browser and blog, which makes it difficult for others to track your visits to web sites, online posts, instant messages, and other communications. With approximately 2.5 million users daily, it is the most popular anonymous internet communication system.
The National Security Agency has appraised Tor as, “…the King of high-secure, low-latency Internet anonymity” with “no contenders for the throne in waiting.”
Appelbaum, a voluntary refugee from the United States living in Berlin is also a renowned investigative journalist for the weekly German news magazine, Der Spiegel.
In these excerpts, he talks about the mass-surveillance that is being carried out on the public by the NSA, GCHQ and other members of the intelligence communities within the “Five Eyes Alliance,” which includes the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand intelligence agencies.
In the longest section, Appelbaum instructs us about what we can do to protect ourselves against mass-surveillance spying from the NSA, including protection against phone hacking, WiFi location tracking and email interception.
He also teaches us about encryption and the use of PGP encryption methods, which is how Jacob communicates with other journalists and with his family, in order to avoid having his emails and texts intercepted.
CyberSec101 recommends and uses CyberGhostVPN.com (an unrelated company) and that to learn more about protecting yourself, they recommend that one visit TorProject.org and WikiLeaks.org – all while browsing in Tor.