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Stealthy Slacker Goes VPN w/ a Little Help from Josh


V.T. Eric Layton
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I'm in a different country and as far as I can figure out, the Canadian government cannot get my ISP to turn over my ID even if they know my IP address - unless they get a warrant. Even a child pornographer was protected when the cops did NOT get a warrant and went after him by getting his ID from the ISP.

Mind you they can still get after you if they can come up with enough evidence to get a warrant.

There was a security bill passed a couple of years ago but most of the stuff in it was about sharing information between government departments and taking down websites that encouraged seditious activity. There was nothing about logging Internet activity and making it available to CSIS - our version of the NSA.

@Eric I agree with your previous post about the right to privacy - but I wonder really how much privacy anyone has when you can look up where they live on Google Earth with a couple of clicks.

 

For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light. ..Lk. 8:17

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V.T. Eric Layton

The average joe on the Internet would have a difficult time finding me. Now, people I've interacted with for decades online probably know enough to show up at my doorstep. But average joe, who doesn't know me and only gets my "name" and IP address from some forum admin log would have a difficult time finding me. However, average Big Brother probably knows what I had for breakfast today. ;)

 

Shhhh... don't tell anyone, but I know someone who is a "data" analyst for the US. Navy and the NSA. You'd be amazed what the spooks can find out about U.S. citizens or ANYONE, ANYWHERE in the world. :unsure2:

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No doubt there are folks out there who could find out a great deal about me if they wanted to be bothered. However since I am not running an organized crime syndicate, or a child porn operation, or plotting to overthrow the government in some way - they move on to more interesting targets. Any one who wants to make my life an open book would probably get chewed out by his boss for wasting time and precious resources.

I do jealously guard my personal ID and banking information as that might be worth stealing. If someone wants to datamine the fact that I like AMD or drive an old Jeep, well - more power to them. Targeting me with a few ads won't bother me.

In fact sometimes the results are comical. I just bought a couple of remanufactured ink cartridges for an old printer the grandkids use here. Amazon sent me an email offering to sell them to me again a day or so later. The kids didn't print THAT much over the weekend. :Laughing:

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Most of the people who have trouble in my experience are Windows users who cause their own problems. Either they click on email attachments or they visit dodgy sites. They don't pay for security apps like Malware Bytes Pro that could help keep them out of trouble. They worry about being hacked all the time and fall for fake virus warnings and phone scams. They either don't secure wifi or they surf in coffee shops without checking the network.

If you are reasonably careful you should be able to avoid the majority of bad guys out there.

But even the best of us can get something or other. I got a fake virus warning from trying to check the weather for a soccer game in Warsaw. At least I knew it was fake. That probably wouldn't happen today because I run Malware Bytes Pro on Windows.

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