dmwalsh568 wrote:Murby, you’re forgetting a 3rd easier way for them to track you through a VPN. Malware. If they can get malware onto your machine, then it will track your usage and whatever else it’s designed to hoover up (yes, an intentional pun) and then report back to the 3 letter agency that considers you a person of interest. Unless you run extra tight network security you’d never see the data leaving your device with all the details they could ever want….most folks just firewall incoming connections, not outgoing too.
They have to get the malware into my machine first.. I run firefox with Noscript and AdblockPlus and do not click on every cute puppy picture that I am presented with. I run antivirus, hardware firewall, and software firewall..
I’m pretty sure the government has smarter people than I so I’m pretty sure they could still track me if they targeted me specifically.. If they tag you as a domestic terrorist, you can bet your rear end they’ll figure out a way to track you… This is not something I’m concerned with…
Maybe its a good thing I’m not a terrorist?? LOL..
The reality is that I’m more concerned with opportunistic tracking. If I download a video one day that documents how to turn a ball point pen into an intercontinental ballistic torpedo because I’m worried that mermaids might invade, I don’t want them logging all the IP addresses and then using that information to choose to track me to see what else I’ve been looking at.
You’re better protected than most folks.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t flaws in some of your devices that aren’t known by the vendors, but black hat hackers or 3 letter agencies might know about them and have written code to exploit those flaws. When those flaws are found they are called zero day flaws since exploits are already out in the wild and folks literally have zero days to patch before they are at risk.
The school network that I run has a nice little firewall and I have configured it to block all Facebook access as well known advertising sites. This reduces the junk on people’s pages and reduces the info flowing out of the user devices. Anybody who has signed into FB is being tracked all over the web, or at least on every site that has a FB like button or a FB comment section. By blocking that at the firewall I prevent that info from leaking out, even for folks who don’t have FB accounts, since cookies would be created even for non-users which can still track you….
All this helps reduce unintended data leakage, but nothing will completely stop it. Computer software is too complicated these days for anyone other than a specialist to have any hope of figuring out what every piece of code does, and then you add in hardware that communicates over USB, Ethernet, wifi, bluetooth, etc…
So anyone planning on overthrowing a government should keep their notes on paper, written by hand using pen or pencil, and keep that locked up. Anything that makes it onto a computing device can possibly be retrieved by others.
And if I haven’t scared folks enough, consider all those IoT devices folks might have in their homes. It’s almost impossible to buy a TV these days that isn’t a “smart” device that wants Internet connectivity, and the CIA hack revealed that Samsung TVs were turned into audio bugs. I’m not worried about that because I have an Amazon Echo in my house so they already have an audio bug without turning my TV against me. Any evil plans I make are safely kept inside my head and not shared with others in any form, that way it’s private until they vanish me and use the really good pharmaceuticals.
Be safe out there folks, and keep your electronic footprints to a minimum.
Statistics: Posted by dmwalsh568 — Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:17 am