What Your Digital Shadow Says

You are not paranoid – they really are watching you. Criminals, web companies and governments all have reason to spy on your online life, and the methods they use are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

This article is about what kind of information you share and who can find out what about you, and how to stop them. What you do with this information is, of course up to you. Whether you are concerned about the scale of information gathered by web companies or you are hiding from a corrupt government, read on to learn how to keep your data yours.

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CIA Surveillance Through Your Dishwasher

More and more personal and household devices are connecting to the internet, from your television to your car navigation systems to your light switches. CIA Director David Petraeus cannot wait to spy on you through them.

Earlier this month, Petraeus mused about the emergence of an “Internet of Things” — that is, wired devices — at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital firm. “‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

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