Computer Tips and Privacy

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Here are some
computer tips for those of us who are anti-state, anti-war, and
pro-market. First off, I’m not against Microsoft software,
I use Windows 98 [Windows_98].
It’s just that the Mozilla [Mozilla]
and other programs work much better and offer more security from
hacker viruses, spam, and trojans than Microsoft products.

Download Firefox.
[GET firefox HERE].
Do it NOW. Never use Internet Explorer (MS
IE6 or IE7
) again. I also use Opera [OPERA
HERE
] & [DOWNLOAD HERE]
as a back-up but it doesn’t have the features Firefox does. It’s
important to never use Internet Explorer because hackers target
it since it is widely used.

An amazing
Firefox “add-on” [] is the capability to spell check your typing
inside a web browser page by adding this important add on: US English
Dictionary. [GET
IT
] I’m using it to correct my spelling as I type. It’s a great
way to check your spelling, so long as you “idiot check” the program
before you send your email message.

The following
Firefox add-ons are critical to simplify your Internet browsing
experience: Download “adblock” at ADBLOCK.
You can clear out tons of junk off web pages. And while you’re at
it download the “adblock Filter update” from [GET
IT HERE
]. You can make ads and images on web pages disappear.

“Fasterfox”
is a must. Get it: [GET
IT HERE
]. It will speed up your surfing.

For Windows
XP, add “Keyscrambler.” [GET
IT HERE
] This is a “must have”.

“Flashblock”
is perhaps the greatest add-on. It replaces flash animations with
a button that you can choose to click. It cuts way down on the amount
of Flash crap you have to wade through to view a site. Get it here:
[PRESS HERE FOR
Flashblock
]

Firefox 2.0
does have a tiny URL creator. It’s wonderful. Get it: [GET
IT HERE
]

And the most
important thing for privacy advocates who have the bandwidth: Get
“TrackMeNot.” [GET
IT HERE
] It protects against search data profiling by issuing
randomized queries to popular search engines with fake data. I clear
all my cookies and other private data when I close Firefox, but
I relish the idea that I am clogging search engines with random
queries such as: “….. Light
Works,been variously dated,Brand name products,Current Unlisted
Number,Translate this page , statement continually executes, will
forward your details,your international removal,Dutch Auctions Prove
More Efficient, Blind Books… ”

Another add-on
that I don’t use enough is “Chatzilla.” Chatzilla is an Internet
Relay Chat [Internet_Relay_Chat]
client that you can use to communicate with others real time. It’s
great to find out in real time what other people are thinking when
one of the perpetual wars we’re getting into breaks out. You can
get it here: [GET
CHATZILLA HERE.
]

For emailing,
get the free email program “Thunderbird.” [GET
IT HERE
]. You can transfer all your email and addresses [read
about it HERE
] from Outlook Express [Read
About OE here
]. It’s wonderful, although I use Yahoo [Read
about YAHOO! HERE.
] for most of my email and especially for
the bulk filtering capability. Enigmail [Get
Enigmail HERE
] is the plug-in you’ll want to get for smooth
encryption or for GNU PGP signing of your emails. If everyone used
encryption, the National Security Agency [Read
about the NSA HERE
] would go out of business. They can’t decrypt
everything.

While you’re
at it, get a “throw-away” email address from yahoo.com for all your
forms and subscriptions on the internet. Keep your real email address
private. When you forward e-mails to people, it is
important to use the “BCC” [Read
About BCC and emailing HERE
] function on your e-mail program.
Read why here: [Read
about what Claire WOLFE thinks about using “BCC” HERE.
].

Recall if
you may that Alberto Gonzales [Read
about him HERE
] (I can’t believe he is the Attorney General)
wants all ISPs to stockpile at least 6 months worth of browsing
history Read
about this Privacy Intrusion HERE
so that the powers that be
can better find out if you have been on unpopular sites such as
this site [Hot
Naked UK Women.
].

For a simple
introduction into computer privacy, first read and understand this
web page: [Press
HERE.
]

For totally
private browsing, use TORPARK [Press
HERE to read about it.
] get it here: Press
HERE To download Torpark.
You can even download the program
into a flash drive and use it while surfing on public computers.
You get a secure and encrypted tunnel to a site you are viewing,
and you will leave NO tracks behind.

For communications
point-to-point, you MUST get Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) [Read
about the history of PGP HERE
] or “Open Source” PGP. Make certain
you use a strong pass phrase. I use GNU PGP [Download
GNU PGP HERE
] which is an “open source” encryption program that
meshes with Thunderbird. Test the system a lot before
you use it. PGP or GNU PGP isn’t intuitive. As far as anyone knows,
the NSA cannot break PGP because it takes too many computer cycles
to search the possible keys.

For communications
to others use chains of “Mixmaster” [Read
about Mixmaster HERE
] and [Read
more HERE.
] Many users of anonymous re-mailers use a program
called quicksilver. Try it : Download
Quicksilver HERE.
This is an e-mail client which makes the Mixmaster
program work with your ISP’s e-mail system. Make certain you send
test messages to USENET (Use a *.test group) and try sending e-mail
to yourself before using it for sensitive communications. The future
of Mixmaster is the Mixmaster 3.0 version known as “Mixminion” [Read
about MIXMINION HERE
] but I feel it is still in a development
stage and not ready for routine use.

For “light”
anonymity purposes, try the German web-based re-mailer “Anonymouse”
[Link to Anonymouse
HERE
] IMPORTANT: Test it first to make sure you understand how
it works. For example, you should post to a USENET test group and
send e-mail to yourself.

For keeping
those nasty “naked-teenager.jpg” on your computer from your wife,
use a disk encryption utility such as Scramdisk [Get
SCRAMDISK HERE.
]. I recommend using Triple DES as the encryption
cypher when you first use Scramdisk to create a container.

Do erase files
and spare disk space using Eraser, found at [Press
HERE for Eraser.
]. You can set up this utility to wipe your
swap file, temporary internet files, and disk free space. Did you
know that you must “erase” a file rather than simply use the “delete”
function in Windows? Windows “delete” is NOT secure, you must wipe
the files [Read
about File Wiping HERE.
] with Eraser.

If you use
these tips you will have a much more secure and private Internet
experience. And “Chimpy McFlightsuit” PRESS
HERE
and his minions won’t be able to tell either what you are
doing with or where you are surfing to on your computer.

Enjoy!

February
7, 2007

Don
Beeler [send him mail] writes
from Castro Valley.

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