Hammer & Sicle falling on US flag at night

The Night of Communism is Falling

Now What?

by Toby Esterhase

The night of Communism is falling over USA, and with it, over the whole world.” — Romanian historian and university lecturer Mihai-Andrei Aldea, August 2, 2023

On this day of writing this article in early August, 2023, YouTube began to erase histories of the causes of the 2009 financial crisis, the overthrow of the elected Ukrainian government in 2014, and authors who criticize CBDCs. This past week, the IMF recommended that all member states should incorporate social credit scores into the people’s financial credit score. Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has been erased from all Google owned platforms. Chase debanked, without warning, Drs. Syed Haider and Joseph Mercola, their family members, and their employees. All without explanation, but logically because they challenged the government COVID vaccine narrative in 2021 and 2022. There have been many other examples before them.

In 1930s Germany, if you made the slightest negative remark about Adolph Hitler and a relative turned you in to the secret police, you would be arrested and your ashes would come home in a cigar box a week later. If you dissented against the East German government, the Stasi would make sure you disappeared and were never seen again.

The cancel culture, including the de-banking of people, is the modern equivalent of the Gestapo and Stasi enforcers.

More on Communism falling over the USA HERE.

Privacy Offers Some Protection, But Who Do You Trust for Advice?

There are probably millions of people who believe they are information security or on-line privacy experts, and many of those are probably getting income from touting various software products.

A nonprofit with 30 years of advocacy for privacy protections is the Electronic Frontier Foundation, eff.org. Their bona fides are substantial, and they provide a lot of on-line privacy protection help by referring you to tools, methods and educational resources at their Surveillance Self-defense section, “Tips, tools and how-tos for safer online communications.”

They offer 46 learning modules and 10 educational security scenarios. Beware, however, that this is not a conservative or right-leaning organization. Their privacy project organizers are often sympathetic to the idea that certain leftist cohorts are victims of the rest of us. Overlooking this political bias is necessary if you want to learn about privacy from an authoritative source.

Too Much Complexity and Too Technical

As great as the Surveillance Self-defense project may be, it seems too complex to be effective for people who simply want to be told exactly what to do to protect their families from hackers, thieves, predatory companies, and tyrannical government.

To that end, pick a public speaker and/or training company for these kinds of prescriptive advice. An example is Glenn Meder, CEO of Privacy Action Plan, a consulting firm for high-net-worth individuals. I have listened to one of his seminars and I do not agree with all his recommendations, but for those looking for a quick read and a short list of what to do, here is what his free introductory seminar recommends, with my notes inserted in square brackets.

Priority 1: Cover your cell phone camera and any web cam you might have on your computer.

Of course, never allow anything in your environment that can listen to you, like an Alexa device. Your cell phone camera and microphone can be turned on remotely without you knowing. [Mr. Meder has no quick solution for the problem of a cell phone recording your voice when you think it is turned off. The only solution is to be out of microphone range.]

Priority 2: Do not use any Microsoft browser or the Chrome browser.

Uninstall Chrome. Use Brave, instead. [All Microsoft Office products also spy on you, so use LibreOffice products instead.]

Priority 3: Never use Google for search.

Use Brave, SwissCows.com or Presearch. DuckDuckGo gives your search history to third party contractors as part of their agreement with Microsoft. [DuckDuckGo was originally pitched as a company that did not sell your data, and they don’t, but they are required to give it to certain contractors who do sell it.]

Priority 4: Only use a virtual private network (VPN) provider that keeps no usage history, AKA “logs.”

Meder recommends ProtonVPN, Mullvad, or iVPN. [To my knowledge, only Nord VPN has been independently audited to verify that they do not keep records of user traffic. I cannot vouch for any of the three VPNs that Meder recommends]. In the VPN settings, make sure that you choose to have it always run at start-up by default.

Priority 5: Never use any Meta company (Facebook company) products, ever.

 

Priority 6: Never use Messenger or WhatsApp for chat messaging.

Use Signal instead. Minimize the use of text messaging. Give your friends six weeks to switch to Signal or drop them. [I am neutral on Signal because I have not resolved all the technical risks that seem possible with this package.]

Mr. Meder did not discuss or make recommendations for encrypted email, securing your savings, protecting your financial accounts, encrypting your entire devices, password discipline and management, network censorship evasion, malware defense, or defeating device fingerprinting. So, as you can see, privacy does have a lot of technical elements but just sticking with Mr. Meder’s six priorities plus one I would like to add as being essential — encrypted email — your level of surveillance induced worries should be greatly reduced.

(Toby Esterhase is the pseudonym of a Silicon Valley technology company investor living in rural Washoe County. He holds patents in wireless cryptography and secure communications systems.)

(The views expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Nevada Signal.)