The Russians are paying attention to what we all say on Social Media. What we say, what we share is being used to attack our Democracy as you read this. While many entities are watching and recording what you do online, much of what they gather you freely make available.
Russia is not the only spy.
Companies like Amazon and Google, Cable companies, your ISP and cell phone company etc. collect massive amounts of data about YOU PERSONALLY and about your online activities. They are not hoping to over throw our nation but they are selling what they learn about you to others without your knowledge or permission. You give much of that away for free on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to name a few. This is how those services make billions of dollars for which you get spam as your reward.
You don't have to give up the joy you get from sharing a picture of your last meal (why?) but you can take steps to isolate what you share from who or where you are. One obvious is stop sharing so much! The other is to use some of the privacy measures discussed in this blog.
NSA no longer permitted to collect American's phone data. But?
Someone is. ( Warning: Hotspot Shield is not safe. Suit claims they are spying on you! Read More. )
PETITION: End Section 702 allowing secret spying on US Citizens. http://bordc.org
Ever since WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Bradley (Chelea) Manning and others let the cat out of the bag out about our government ( And UK ) spying on their citizens, it has become apparent that everything you do online, and every number you call is and has been recorded in massive databases by our own Government, all illegally without a search warrant. Sadly it has become the nation's policy to place individuals who expose illegal activity in jail rather than stop the illegal activity. This is done to make an "example" out of anyone who dares expose illegal government activities leveled against our own citizens.
The only defense is a good defense on your part. Read about means to cover your tracks while using your phone or internet. While the vast majority of us have nothing to hide (today) who knows what happens in a future where your political speech might land you in hot water. Perhaps someone you chat with online, unknown to you, is being monitored by a government agency for some reason. By extension you would become part of that monitoring and under suspicion by your very association.