posted on May, 13 2010 @ 08:35 PM
I'm A+ certified and I'm a Cisco Certified Network Associate...
This thread has made me facepalm like 8,000 times...
Honestly, no one in this thread thus far is being actively monitored by the government in such a way that you CAN READ IT ON YOUR COMPUTER'S PORT AND
If the government wanted your information they can just get your ISP to hand it over to them directly.
Comcast will gladly sell you out to the FBI, as they have proven time and again they can and will sell you out to the IRAA or the MPAA.
And another way the government can trace your info and monitor you is wireless signals...
Encrypted or not WEP can be cracked in a matter of minutes.
WPA can be cracked in a measurable amount of time.
And wireless information you send out?
Is being sent over 2.4 or 5Ghz bands in radio waves.
They can intercept this and monitor it if need be.
You can't make your computer 100% secure.
I don't care if you use Crunchbang and run virtual machines inside of virtual machines and you triple encrypt everything...
If you're using the interwebs...
End of story.
There's no reason to panic, there's no reason to whine, and no reason to tinfoil hat your ethernet cable.
There's nothing you can do about it, so why worry?
Just don't search for how to assassinate someone in a high political office and get away with it, don't search for plutonium on ebay, and don't try
to sell JDAMs to Greece. (They can't afford them right now anyway.)
You'll be fine.