PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Edward Snowden’s name has become synonymous with the push toward privacy, ever since he started leaking classified details of government mass surveillance programs two years ago. And now he’s dispensing some advice on how best to safeguard your communications.
“We should not live lives as if we are electronically naked.”READ MORE: Possible 3rd Death Connected To Hepatitis A Outbreak At Montgomery County Restaurant Being Investigated
So says Edward Snowden to The Intercept.
And it’s not difficult — even for those of us who aren’t former National Security Agency contractors — to construct some walls around our online lives.READ MORE: Sharon Hill Police Officers Charged With Manslaughter In Fatal Shooting Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility
Snowden suggests using a password manager (like KeePassX) to log in to websites, and to use two-factor authentication: Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, many banks, and other services verify it’s you through your cell phone.
As for that device, Snowden warns it’s “basically always talking about you, even when you’re not using” it’s… “leaving a permanent record of all of your physical locations.” Problem is, many of your phone’s services require location information.
He likes the app ‘Signal,’ which encrypts iPhone and Android texts and calls.MORE NEWS: Water Restored After Main Break Creates Muddy, Wet Mess In Philadelphia's Kensington Section
And Snowden says your web browser is fodder for malicious attacks thanks in large part to advertisements. He calls installing ad-blocking software not a right, but a ‘duty.’