AmmoLand News Is Launching A Guide To Internet Privacy & Safety for U.S. Readers

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AmmoLand News Is Launching A Guide To Internet Privacy & Safety for U.S. Readers

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- People on the internet think they are anonymous. The scary truth is that no one on the internet is truly anonymous. Companies like Google and Facebook log every site you visit and everything you buy online. What you do on the Internet lives on forever in someone's database.

Companies across the web build profiles of internet users to be able to target them with advertisements. If you email your brother about couches from your Gmail account, the algorithm will scan the emails and pick that up. Any websites that you go to running Google AdSense will start showing you banner ads for new couches.

These profiles are extensive. One privacy researcher stated to me that these companies know more about the end user than they know about themselves. I would attend to agree with this statement.

These profiles do more than just allow companies to target you with ads. Companies like Buxtonco use these internet profiles to predict the behavior of people to help retail companies know what type of items that certain people would like to buy even before the target customer knows what they want themselves.

These companies track everything a user does on the Internet. This data mining goes far beyond just scanning emails. Big tech also monitors and scan every message sent by a user to another user. They are not tracking chats just for advertising reasons. These companies also monitor chat logs for illegal activities.

If companies can use these profiles to target users with ads and accurately predict what type of items a user wants to buy, and if these tech companies can alert on illegal content then what is there to stop these companies from banning other terms that they don't agree with on an ideologue basis?

Even scarier is that there nothing stopping them from making a shared database that could block people on all platforms. We see companies do this exact same thing with spammers.

Spamhaus Block List (SBL) is what the name sounds like to the layman. If spam comes from your IP or email address, Spamhaus or one of their partner companies will add you the list of spammers. The issue is that there are false positives. Once you are on this list, it could be challenging and complicated to get off of it, and almost all email providers share this list.

I can envision a future when these lists are used to ban “wrong think.” It is a scary thought, but it is also based on reality. Independent Journalist Tim Pool recently appeared on the “Joe Rogan Experience” with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Policy and Trust & Safety Lead Vijaya Gadde.

What came out of the Podcast was shocking.

 

Pool brought up Twitter banning people on their platform for political reasons. Dorsey and Gadde denied that politics was causing Twitter to ban people. Pool then brought up that misgendering someone was grounds for being banned on the social media platform.

Dorsey and Gadde both stated that it was true that a user misgendering someone was a bannable offense, but they do not see that as forcing their personal beliefs on users. Pool brought up that half of America doesn't believe that a man can decide to become a woman. Over half the country thinks people should not be forced to identify a biological male as a female.

They refused to acknowledge that transgenderism is still a massive debate in the country. I think being in the San Francisco Bay Area numbs them to outside perspectives. Dorsey and Gadde kept referring to Twitter as being for free speech, but against “hate speech” even though they refused to quantify what that is to them.

When Pool pressed the two Twitter executives on rules that seem to cause conservatives to be banned while leaving liberals untouched, Gadde stated if someone wants to be a part of the public discourse than you have to play by their rules.

Pool sees the danger of these companies banding together to form a list that would remove people from the public discourse. He thinks the danger is so great that he wants the government to step in and regulate them by forcing them to adhere to the Free Speech laws of the United States. It is worth noting that Pool is a liberal but understands the dangers the future holds for people with views that are not liberal enough for the tech giants.

It isn't just social media giants that could join these lists. Searches on services such as Google can also be used to track what you do online and add these histories to a database that can be used in a list.

Google Spying Privacy
Google Spying Privacy

Google logs everything you search for on their site. Even in “Incognito Mode” your searches and websites you visit are still seen by Google. Alphabet (Google's parent company) has massive amounts of data on almost all Internet users in the country. Experts agree that they have more files on Americans than the US Government.

That isn't even the scary part. Your ISP (internet service provider) can and does track you. There are many ways that they do this, but most of the time it is by sniffing packets. Your computer brakes down all data it sends into tiny chunks called packets. Sniffing a packet is just examining the packets to see what is in them.

When I worked for a large ISP, we would get a request from the US Government to set up monitoring of certain people or companies. We would do something called “port mirroring.” Everything a user would send and receive would also be sent by us to a second port which would feed into big brother's database.

Search history, emails, sites visited, chats, and everything else you can think of was visible to these Government agencies. What if ISPs used this to create a profile on you to determine if you are the type of people they want on their service? Well, they already do this exact thing!

People who get caught downloading pirated movies and music do get kicked off their internet provider’s service. They find users pirating content by the methods I mentioned above, or by the content holder using multiple methods to track down who is downloading their content.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) both weld tremendous power over ISPs and the Federal Government alike when it comes to copyright issues. They are able to have ISPs take proactive action by kicking users off their platform.

There are people on the left that would like to see people on the right be deplatformed by using these same techniques as the MPAA, and the RIAA uses against pirates. You have to look no further than Alex Jones (www.infowars.com ) to see these techniques in action.

InfoWars Banned by the Silicon Valley Giants for being Right Wing?
InfoWars Banned by the Silicon Valley Giants for being Right Wing?

Jones was removed from every social networking site and video site overnight. These companies claim not to have worked together, but all the takedowns happened at the same time. Not only that, but Apple removed his app from their App store. People contacted his ISP to try to get his servers shut down. They were trying to erase him from the Internet. No matter what you think of Jones that is just chilling.

The Notorious NAZI site “The Daily Stormer” was brought down by Go Daddy who was their registrar after a widescale campaign by the left. A registrar holds the authority records that tell the web browser what domain name service (DNS) server to use to look up the domain name. These DNS servers then translate the name to an internet address.

After deleting “The Daily Stormer's” authority record, Go Daddy put a block on transferring the domain name to another registrar. The Daily Stormer didn't break any laws. They were a NAZI site, so few people came out to defend their freedom of speech and demand Go Daddy release their domain name. I was one of those people.

I don't agree with their ideology. I find their racist beliefs repugnant, but what I saw wasn't just a registrar taking down a NAZI internet site. I saw this move as a test run by far leftist groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center that cheered the downing on the site.

Once they saw that their pressure could get a site removed from the internet, then they could go after other sites that don't agree with their narrow world view. Every Free Speech advocate should have been up in arms over this move.

When they get done removing these sites their next step will be to go after the users using the techniques that we discussed earlier and being gun-guys that means you and me. They aren't going to stop at just getting us banned from sites.

In 2012, The Journal News published the names and addresses of every handgun permit holder in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties. They even made an interactive map for readers to use to find homes with guns.

There is nothing to stop these anti-gun groups from using your online data to make a similar map. That is the scary part. The good thing is that there are things that you can do to protect you and your family from these online thugs.

AmmoLand News is launching a guide to internet privacy and safety. This user guide will be a multi-part series going over the threats and how to mitigate them in an easy to understand format.

I am going to use my 20 years of experience in the fields of encryption, network security, ethical hacking, and cyber security to help you protect yourself online. I have worked on contracts for multiple government/intelligence agencies and for giants in the tech world. I know the methods of tracking because I have used them and defended against them.

The first article will deal with privacy by using VPNs, 1.1.1.1, and encryption. Don't worry if you don't know what those things are yet. By the end of the first article, you will have a firm understanding of these terms and why they are important.

From there every few days there will be another article tackling subjects to help you better protect yourself. Nothing can stop all threats, but like in the real world, you don't want to be a soft target

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About John CrumpJohn Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot-News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.

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    Bobby Guns
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    Bobby Guns

    A few years ago, Spamhaus, a foreign company that monitors email traffic, including emails solely from US persons to US persons, listed me as a spammer, due to the number of emails I send (all of which are to friends and none of which are spam or business deals). The article author is not exaggerating as to the fallout of being a false positive. I complained to my congressman’s office about it. They had never heard about this. They inquired about it to other congressional representative offices. They claimed that no one knew anything. Shortly thereafter, I seemed to be… Read more »

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    Gulcher

    GOOD! I’m glad that someone with a bigger voice than mine is finally talking about this. I’ve been on a personal crusade on this for a few years, and have quit doing business with Midway and Natchez because they won’t allow you to purchase (or even SEE a product page sometimes) anything on their websites without several ‘spy-bots’ running…. I told them I didn’t like them giving control of their business and customer info, but they ignored my pleas… despite me spending thousands of dollars a year with them before. And even Ammoland uses a google and amazon ‘spybots’, although… Read more »

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    GOOD! I’m glad that someone with a bigger voice than mine is finally talking about this. I’ve been on a personal crusade on this for a few years, and have quit doing business with Midway and Natchez because they won’t allow you to purchase (or even SEE a product page sometimes) anything on their websites without several ‘spy-bots’ running…. I told them I didn’t like them giving control of their business and customer info, but they ignored my pleas… despite me spending thousands of dollars a year with them before. I could go on about this for hours, but won’t.

    John
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    John

    I was on face book for about a year in 2010 before I decided it wasn’t for me I told them to delete my account. I went on there and it was still there. I have never been on twitter and do the only sites I leave a comment on Ammoland,F**K face book and twitter

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    And where is our government in all this? They are bound by law to protect our privacy so why are they not doing that, oh that’s right, getting Trump is more important than our mesley privacy.
    At least Ammoland has a concern for what censoring is done to us by presenting articles on it. Thank you and I will be looking forward to reading them.

    John Dunlap
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    John Dunlap

    These companies are, for practical purposes, an arm of the intelligence community. If you look at their backgrounds, you’ll find that all the whiz kids and supposed business geniuses who created Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, etc. are products of the CIA’s educational and business investment programs. That’s why we can’t get Congress off its collective butt to do more than make empty threats at them.

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    dg

    Not only is this a problem on our computer, but your phone as well. The other day I was talking on the phone, a land line, with a friend on a cell phone. He said he was traveling through N. and S. Carolina soon. The next day I was reading the local newspaper online and there popped up an ad for a tour through N. and S. Carolina. They are listening to your phone conversations! Looking forward to your articles.

    John Dunlap
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    John Dunlap

    A smart phone IS a computer. It’s likely that your friend has an app on his phone that is sucking up data it isn’t supposed to, and transmitting it to the app creator. There are thousands of apps that do this.

    TheHolyCrow
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    TheHolyCrow

    “First they came for the Nazis, and I was not a Nazi, so I said nothing”. Is this an instance where history is ryhming ?

    ChiptheBarber
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    ChiptheBarber

    Thank you for the info. I truly am astounded by what kind of society we have become when “mis-gendering” someone is deemed wrong and hateful while killing your baby is perfectly okay—no, desirable.

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    musicman44mag

    I wish I were rich so I could start my new era of business. We, the people, need to start our own business brand on everything. It should be something to the effect of, Republican or freedom or 2A etc. but all businsses should use the same name. Republican gas, republican news channel, republican car company, republican clothes, repubican facebook, republican chat house, coffee house, republican this, that and the other thing including republican web. The reason for this is so we know our dollars are supporting others with the same morrals that want the truth, not the NWO agenda… Read more »

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    John

    They just start accounts without your permission

    Michael Martha
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    Michael Martha

    While not directly about firearms, this series will be one of the most important on Ammoland

    Marc
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    Marc

    You fail to mention that some of the largest customers for Google and other analytic data providers are governments, and not just the United States government. Once the information developed from the raw data monitoring exists in the commercial domain it’s available to not just the highest bidder, but to every single buyer. In the modern post industrial age, data traffic monitoring, analysis and registration systems have always been useful tools to those wanting to not just influence society, but control it. For example, the largest customers of DaHoMag (the IBM subsidiary in Imperial, Wiemar and Socialist Germany) were in… Read more »

    Levi Allen
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    Levi Allen

    Awesome idea! I’m looking forward to this series.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    I have been given more grief by social justice warriors like Austin and Eric (no longer there) on GlockTalk. Administrators and Moderators have a direct means to inflict their biases on members of sites. My experience at GT taught me that, like out of the closet liberals, there is no living with them and best to just shake the dust off your shoes as you leave. My time left on this earth is too short to sweat the small stuff.

    Dave in Fairfax
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    Dave in Fairfax

    Quit using Windows or Mac.

    John Dunlap
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    John Dunlap

    Linux, or better yet, Qubes (https://www.qubes-os.org/). Running Linux Mint at the moment, I’ll be trying out Qubes as soon as I get ’round to building a new desktop.

    name
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    name

    i use the tor browser download it here

    https://www.torproject.org/download/

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    use Linux mint download it here

    Linux Mint (32-bit) – Free download and software reviews …
    Search domain download.cnet.com/Linux-Mint-32-bit/3000-18513_4-75205918.htmlhttps://download.cnet.com/Linux-Mint-32-bit/3000-18513_4-75205918.html
    Linux Mint is composed of many software packages, of which the vast majority are distributed under a free software license (also known as open source). The .

    No one of consequence
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    No one of consequence

    Thank you. Looking forward to the series!

    Mike
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    Mike

    1. For starters, use DuckDuckGo for your search engine. DO NOT use Google/Bing/etc. Are you on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/YouTube?? Get off those social media websites and delete your accounts after taking down ALL of your pictures/etc.

    2. Use AdBlock Plus

    3. Use AdBlock

    4. If you visit the SCMP (South China Morning Post) news website through links such as posted on Drudge Report/Whatfinger/The Liberty Daily/etc. immediately clear your cookies/cached data/et al, and run a Webroot scan on your laptop.

    Dave in Fairfax
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    Dave in Fairfax

    uBlock is also an alternative if you are using Linux.

    Mr. Bill
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    Mr. Bill

    Brave browser with private or even Tor connection.

    John Dunlap
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    John Dunlap

    One serious issue is that, while you can control what you upload/post, you can’t control what friends and relatives do. There are pics of me online. I didn’t post them. After two years of nagging and pleading, I finally gave up on getting any of them to use encrypted email. The fact is, there really is very little that we can do about this as individuals, short of picking up your knife and bow, walking off into the wilderness and never speaking to another human being again.

    Joe Sherrill
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    Joe Sherrill

    http://www.startpage.com is another search site that does not track you.