Protecting your data may require complex math, but the process is surprisingly simple ie: Keep your data to yourself.
Encryption is the most effective way to achieve data security. To read an encrypted file, you must have access to a secret key or password that enables you to decrypt it. Unencrypted data is called plain text; encrypted data is referred to as cipher text.
In an encryption scheme, the message or information, referred to as plaintext, is encrypted using an encryption algorithm, generating cipher text that can only be read if decrypted. For technical reasons, an encryption scheme usually uses a pseudo-random encryption key generated by an algorithm.
It is in principle possible to decrypt the message without possessing the key, but, for a well-designed encryption scheme, large computational resources and skill are required. An authorized recipient can easily decrypt the message with the key provided by the originator to recipients, but not to unauthorized interceptors.
This guest post by Scott G and found originally on thesurvivalistblog.net
With the way the government trusts everyone these days, I just bet that everyone feels safe and secure in their privacy…right? OK, yeah, that was a bad, not-too-funny joke. Since anyone who believes that the government as enthroned is populated by people who spout nothing but male bovine fecal matter is a potential terrorist, he will become targets of said government for snooping and generally subjected to violations of his constitutional rights (talk about a long winded sentence). Not only do we need to worry about the government, but there are the usual collections of ordinary decent criminals (ODC’s) who only want to take what you have. The difference between the two is that the government is the only legal thief.
Because of this, I have taken steps to attempt to secure my privacy. I said attempt because no system is 100% secure against hacking and/or intrusion attempts by the government and ODC’s. The NSA was set up with the single minded purpose of breaking the codes of foreign government communication. It is the premier code breaking agency of the world. Unfortunately, this same agency has been let loose on us, too.
So, I’ve done what I can to make my computer and communications safe from snoops. I’m not an expert in encryption, but I’ll try and give you the basics as best as I understand them.
Encryption for Dummies
Basically, encryption uses mathematical formulas (that are galaxies away from my understand) to make information unreadable, scrambled, to anyone who doesn’t know have the key to the formula. The key is the key to reading a scrambled message (pun intended). Encryption, cryptograms, started out as nothing more complicated that simple substitution of one letter for other letters in the alphabet.
What you are looking for in this are the most commonly frequently recurring letters and letter patterns. In cryptography, the most frequently used letters in order are: ETAON RISHD LFCMU GYPWB VKJXQ Z. The most frequently used letter pairs are: TH HE AN RE ER IN ON AT ND ST ES EN OF TE ED OR TI HI AS TO. The most frequently used double letters are: LL EE SS OO TT FF RR NN PP CC.
One of the first things I was taught to look for was the single letter words. There are only three of them with I and A being the most common. The letter “O” is sometimes used, but it’s primarily used in archaic English. For example, here’s something simple.
V XT YTB ZVLQ TIRFR IQWRAMNQ KQ VN R WTFFMYVNB
In this example, there are two single letter words, which will help you decipher the remaining letters. It also helps to remember that all words must have vowels, so using the single letters you can use those to identify the vowels in the remaining words. If you want to learn more about encryption, I would simply Google it. A fun to use cryptogram generator to use is at Discovery, http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/cryptogramSetupForm.asp.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, the answer to the above puzzle is: I do not like Obama because he is a communist. Here’s one for you to figure out.
R PLII YLDHIRCLG JWIWCWR ZLWMD MLVLBBRYX CK CEL
BLVHYWC X KO R OYLL BCRCL CEL YWDEC KO CEL QLKQIL
CK ALLQ RMG ZLRY RYJB BERII MKC ZL WMOYWMD.
Onward. Programs that encrypt your information do the same thing, but on a level that I won’t even begin to try and explain. Basically, it uses algorithms to generate random substitutions for letters and numbers. The best systems use atmospheric noise to generate these substitutions. This is the only true random generation available. From what I understand, the most secure communications use what is called a “One Time Pad.”
What makes or breaks an encryption program is the “key” or password. Public encryption software has two different keys: the public key and your personal key. Everyone gets the public key, but your personal key determines whether or not someone else can get your information. The problem is that most people use something familiar to them to generate their personal key.
The most commonly used things to generate passwords are based on the people, places and things in their personal and professional lives. Also, people tend to use shorter passwords to make it easier to remember them. So, DON’T DO THIS! Use a long password made up of all sorts of weird things. Just remember that you’ve got to remember it, so be careful.
One trick that I use to generate password is to use a passage from a book and them change the letters into something different. Here’s an example from Matthew 24:6.
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars
Here’s what it now looks like:
Or you can just have your cat walk across the keyboard while you hold down the shift key. Whatever works for you.
There are a large number of encryption programs out there, but you’ve got to be careful. There are free, shareware and some you pay through the nose for. Personally, I use Cyptainer LE. It’s a 448 bit encryption that’s pretty easy to use and allows a 100 character password. You can memorize a passage from Obama’s book for the password if you’ve got the stomach for it. Check out the reviews to help you make a decision.
One last word about computer security. If you’ve written a nasty diatribe about Obama and deleted it, it really isn’t deleted. Anyone who knows a bit about computers can simply restore the file and see all the nasty things you’ve written about the Dear Leader. You’ve got to use a wipe program such as ZDelete or CC Cleaner to make sure you totally wipe the file. I use CC Cleaner and couldn’t be happier.
Remember this about secrets:
“Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”
You won’t find this information anywhere else.
I want to share with you the privacy and security secrets I learned over the last 54 months in an easy to read, step-by-step formula for securing you and your family’s privacy.
Here’s a sampling of what you’ll get in the Patriot Privacy Kit.
- Step 1: Secure the Premises. Get rid of spying software, keystroke recorders, and hidden viruses that allow others to steal your information. PLUS use these two easy methods to completely secure your Wi-fi network so stalkers won’t see your every move.
- Step 2: Password Protection. Choosing the right password can protect you from identity theft easier than anything else. But 99% of Americans are choosing and storing passwords the wrong way! I’ll show you how to pick unbreakable passwords AND safely store your logins so that you don’t have to remember all your newly created, impossible-to-crack passwords.
- Step 3: Email Security. Most people don’t know that it is incredibly easy to spy on your email account and steal your banking and investment information. Use these easy tips so you can email with total peace of mind. PLUS I’ll even show you how to determine if someone is reading your emails without your knowledge!!
- Step 4: Using the Internet. Here’s 13 more key tips for browsing the internet safely and foiling hackers and trackers. If you shop or buy things on the web YOU HAVE TO READ THIS CHAPTER. Plus I’ll show you how to erase your Google search history and never worry about who is seeing your Google searches ever again!
- Step 5: Using Social Media the Right Way. Make sure you and your kids are protecting your private information on the world’s most popular websites. These sites won’t protect your information, its up to you and I’ll show you exactly how to do it step by step. These sites won’t protect your information. It’s up to you. I’ll show you exactly how to do it, step by step, using the very latest tricks so you can still connect with friends without giving out your personal information to strangers.
- Step 6: Protecting your Business and Website. Hackers are trying to destroy your business and hurt your customers. I’ll show you how to protect yourself against these attacks and recover if it ever happens to you.
- Step 7: Offline Privacy. Protect your personal and financial identity with these simple and FREE steps. Find out if someone is using your social security number, monitor your credit for free, protect your family history, lock up your medical records, and use phones securely with these tips. I’ll even show you how to get your FBI file!
- Step 8: Going Invisible. Covering the Tracks Behind You. Now this is where we get into the real nitty gritty How to delete what is already out there about you and can be linked to you. This is how concerned patriots like yourself start to go ‘undercover’.
- Step 9: Going Invisible. Cover Your Tracks Going Forward. This is how you can maintain a presence online anonymously. Browse, shop, interact, and email online without being tracked or spied on. This is how you can still talk to friends and get what you need online without risking your personal information.
- Step 10: Gain Control of Your Personal Information. I’ll tell you exactly where to track down your personal information that is being held with online detectives and databases, and most importantly, how to demand that they STOP SELLING YOUR INFORMATION. Foil the detectives and stalkers forever with these little tricks you can use in one afternoon. The price of the course is worth this chapter alone.
There is a leaked document that reveals what we’ve suspected all along: Big Government has become Big Brother, and YOU are in the crosshairs. Every single email and cell phone call you make can be recorded – AND THEY DON’T EVEN NEED A WARRANT. It may have already happened.
There are 13 words that will get your email flagged by the NSA. YOU could be flagged as a potential terrorist by the NSA.
All it takes is using these very simple and very common words in an email and then – BOOM – you’re on the blacklist. By the time you’ve read this email, you’ll have seen all 13 words. That’s not even the scariest part. No, what’s worse is that these words aren’t codes or threatening in the least. (In fact, you’ve already seen 3 of them.)
These spying thugs don’t care what you’re talking about or whom you’re talking to, if you raise the flag, then you get put under the microscope. Our founding fathers must be spinning in their graves watching these jack-booted thugs use our Constitution as a dishrag. (Hint: I’ve used 9 of them now.)
Luckily, there is a loophole in their system. With this simple little trick, you can avoid those spying thugs and take control of your privacy FOR GOOD. And you can talk to, or about, anyone you like without fear of retribution from Obama’s minions.
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LOOPHOLE, BEFORE THEY CLOSE IT FOREVER…
Did you find all the words? Don’t worry, after watching this NSA banned video to the end you won’t have to worry about what words you use or who’s listening ever again.