posted on Dec, 1 2007 @ 03:45 AM
reply to post by NewWorldOver
No they do not. You can easily monitor every bit of traffic leaving and entering your computer, using any of the tools available or write one
In theory its possible that the Microsoft tcp/ip stack is programmed to not report certain packets and therefore leave them invisible though, but
thats not possible with open source tcp/ip stacks such as the ones used in Linux.
Maybe Im not understanding what kind of "gateway" you are referring to, but it sounds like you think the government can access any computer
connected to the Internet? The only way that would happen is if the government knew about holes in the operating systems, and gained access through
them, just like ordinary hackers do.
A good firewall would protect you from that though, unless you think all firewall manufacturers are also in on it, in which case you can write your
own firewall or use a open source firewall to get safe.
Another way into a computer is by using a hole in a software program such as a ftp server, web server or similar. Anything that listens to the
Internet and listens on a port from time to time and is allowed to do so by your firewall. Its best to use open source software if you dont trust
Microsoft or other corporations.
And a cookie can only be read by the site you are visiting, or someone having access to your computer as described above. You can open a cookie and
find out what it says. Sites can use them for storing a unique number so they can identify your computer, since IP's are not unique.
[edit on 1-12-2007 by Copernicus]