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#1 f0rk_b0mb

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 14:52

Alot of new Linux users are always on the lookout for alternatives to proprietary software. In light of the NSA Prism leaks, more and more people are switching to open source alternatives.

 

I found this really cool website with a simple easy to use chart of proprietary software and free alternatives.

Check it out here: https://prism-break.org/

 

One thing the chart forgot to mention was a secure email provider and a secure cloud provider. They mentioned it, however, I would recomend hosting your own email and cloud so you have complete control over your data. It is also pretty inexpensive.

 

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 14:55

Alot of new Linux users are always on the lookout for alternatives to proprietary software. In light of the NSA Prism leaks, more and more people are switching to open source alternatives.

 

I found this really cool website with a simple easy to use chart of proprietary software and free alternatives.

Check it out here: https://prism-break.org/

 

One thing the chart forgot to mention was a secure email provider and a secure cloud provider. I would recomend hosting your own email so you have complete control over your data. The same goes for cloud solutions: host your own.

 

Questions/comments? :)

This is actually pretty cool. Thanks for posting



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Posted 21 October 2013 - 19:55

I remember this website from when the NSA leaks first started but had totally forgotten about it! Looks much better and much more extensive now!

Great share :)

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 00:26

Very nice. Thanks for the info. :)



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 00:30

You really think open source is going to stop people from spying? :laugh:

 

Unless you host your own ISP, cloud server, files server, DHCP server, etc you're not breaking away from the spotlight.



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 00:45

Tartarus, thanks alot bro for the great info. Best wishes to you.



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 18:39

You really think open source is going to stop people from spying? :laugh:

 

Unless you host your own ISP, cloud server, files server, DHCP server, etc you're not breaking away from the spotlight.

 

You are correct on that. Nothing is fool proof. Unless you use tor or some other secure VPN solution, everything is logged via your ISP. The idea (at least to me) is not to eliminate spying (you're living in a dream world if you think that is possible), but control what information you share. What a user feels comfortable sharing is solely up to the user. This chart simply provides options and answers to the particular user's questions on what to replace with an audited OSS version.  :)



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 16:46

Get off the internet and don't use a cell phone or text, only way to really be off the radar

 

If the NSA really wants to track a specific person they can unless they are 100% off the grid, anything you do is just a placebo



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 17:05

Get off the internet and don't use a cell phone or text, only way to really be off the radar

 

If the NSA really wants to track a specific person they can unless they are 100% off the grid, anything you do is just a placebo

Also, NSA itself (both directly and indirectly) is a major player in FOSS - and has been for years.

 

There's not a thing shocking about it, either - NSA has habitually driven IT every which way it can.  (The same is true of GCHQ - the UK equivalent and partner of NSA.)

 

Think about it.  You're an intelligence agency, and you are basically told to find out everything you can about subject X - and you don't have human agents to do your digging.  (Remember, NSA, unlike the CIA or DIA, uses no HUMINT.)

 

That means that a LOT of what we take for granted today - in and out of IT - doubtless has been influenced, in some way, by "Uncle Sam's hearing aid" (which is how some referred to NSA pre-Snowden).



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 17:30

You really think open source is going to stop people from spying? :laugh:

 

Unless you host your own ISP, cloud server, files server, DHCP server, etc you're not breaking away from the spotlight.

 

Or you could be smart about it and use an encrypted tunnel, rather than blurt a bunch of nonsense.

 

Open source software doesn't require you to trust a 3rd-party that no government-requested backdoors have been installed, code can be audited. Closed source software is vulnerable in that regard.



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 17:44

'DuckDuckGo is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) hosted around the world that provides you with anonymous search results from these sources'

Funny, I remember someone proving that ddg is in-fact logged and completely UN-anonymous, so with that in mind I wouldn't really trust the list.



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 18:01

Open source software doesn't require you to trust a 3rd-party that no government-requested backdoors have been installed, code can be audited. Closed source software is vulnerable in that regard.

Doesn't do a bit of good when the information is being given up at the other end, regardless of whatever OS you're running. I seriously doubt the court orders are asking something along the lines of "give us a copy of all messages stored except from people using open source operating systems."

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 18:08

Doesn't do a bit of good when the information is being given up at the other end, regardless of whatever OS you're running. I seriously doubt the court orders are asking something along the lines of "give us a copy of all messages stored except from people using open source operating systems."

 

Which is why you also use an encrypted tunnel to an endpoint you trust.



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 18:11

Which is why you also use an encrypted tunnel to an endpoint you trust.

Right, I got that part, but was commenting on the other part.

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 18:17

Right, I got that part, but was commenting on the other part.

 

I'm not sure what you're getting at then.

 

Using open source software will indeed not stop spying once data leaves your system, as much is common sense. The point was using OSS in such a case provide assurances that your system cannot be compromised by a unknown backdoor installed by a 3rd-party vendor.

 

Both approaches are required, as not having one defeats the other.





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