You might have heard of Edward Snowden. He leaked thousands of documents that revealed the extent of the National Security Agency’s spying programs. This article gathered his major points on staying secure and getting rid of spying online.

Voice calls and text messages encryption. Today, there are plenty of applications with the encryption functions. And some of them most of us use on a daily basis, like WhatsApp, Telegram, ICQ. Snowden’s choice is Signal messenger (available for both iOS and Android). The application was developed by Open Whisper Systems, and the company also offers calls encryption.

Hard disk encryption. In addition to your mobile devices, Snowden also advised protecting your computer. For this special software is typically used.  So if bad things happen and your computer is stolen, the attacker will not be able to read your data.

Password managers. These programs allow you to keep your passwords in order – create unique keys and store them. According to Snowden, information leaks are one of the most common online security problems (Read more in: “Forget These Security Habits with Fixico”).

Two-factor authentication. We know that you know…  All popular online platforms (like Facebook, Vkontakte,  Twitter, Dropbox) switched to two-step authentication. It allows you to link to your account to your phone number. Read how to set up it on Android phone here).

Tor. Tor anonymous network, former NSA employee calls the “most important technology projects to ensure the confidentiality of the currently used”.  The network provides anonymity, makes it difficult to determine the IP-address and location of the person.

Ad blockers. Snowden pointed out that everyone should benefit from these programs. Antivirus companies have repeatedly reported about the detection of malicious code on media sites. The malware was masked as an advertisement.

For True Paranoids

How To Make Your Phone Spy-Proof With Edward Snowden

In this video, former NSA agent showed how we can “go black” with our smartphone to ensure that we are not spied on through our cell phones by hackers or government agencies.