In roughly 28 years of internet usage, I can only recall one instance of a security issue – a friend sent me some kind of virus/malware/whatever that attached itself to all my email contacts, but I now forget the problems it caused. He realized his mistake when I confronted him at a construction site. Anyway, it was one of those ‘toy’ viruses that idiots could send to friends whilst pretending to be a hacker-of-sorts. Apparently any other attempts over the years have been blocked by my virus protection – mainly Kaspersky Anti-Virus until I moved to Windows 10, which comes with its own ample virus protection.
Some in the open-source community like to bash Microsoft and Intel for their ‘spyware’ and/or lack of security, but in my opinion, if someone *REALLY* wants to spy on you or send you malware or place a virus on your computer there isn’t much you can do to stop them, even if you’re using Linux and/or some supposedly secured CPU or MoBo or router or modem or even a phone. Sure, the little stuff can be stopped, but you best have a fulltime security team if you want to stop attacks by professionals intent on doing *YOU* harm.
In America, Democrats use the power of the Federal Gov’t to spy on and to attack those with opposing views, e.g. Obama sent his ‘Swamp Goons’ to spy on Sharyl Attkisson because she was foolish enough to question Obama and the Democrats ‘Stalinist Tactics’ … heck, if they want you, they will ‘plant evidence’ in order to make you guilty (e.g. Trump). Have heard that smart TV’s can even spy on you, and even Amazon’s Alexa & Echo spy on you. Your auto provides tracking info (at the very least!) to anyone interested…your phone does also, etc. Most utility companies don’t send out meter readers anymore – they use Automatic meter reading (AMR) instead, and some electric companies even offer Broadband in yore electrical socket…BLP. Is someone spying on you, using yore electric receptacles, or switches, or lights?! Just when you thought you were safe from prying eyes…
America isn’t the only country to spy on individuals. Governments use hackers to keep tabs on whomever they wish to keep tabs on. Groups do the same – to each other. On my blog – posts and pages on Kodachi Linux are the most popular – they are constantly being read by individuals in foreign countries (any country not named United States of America – wink), and being linked to by foreigners. Kodachi states that it is a “secure, anti-forensic, and anonymous operating system considering all features that a person who is concerned about privacy would need to have in order to be secure.” It offers all kinds of security – e.g. “All connections to the Internet are forced to go through the VPN then Tor network with DNS encryption.”
New vulnerability impacts Linux, Android, macOS and other Unix-based operating systems … snip … new vulnerability that could allow potential attackers to hijack VPN connections on affected NIX devices and inject arbitrary data payloads into IPv4 and Ipv6 TCP streams has been discovered by security researchers … snip … As of now, the vulnerability is known to impact most Linux distributions … snip … “VPNs should ideally be seen and used as another tool in the cyber security toolkit, rather than something to use constantly. There have been a few stories mentioning breaches to VPN services this year, but I think they still have a role to play in data privacy … snip … The majority of people will not be directly targeted in this type of attack, however they may be part of an untargeted breach of data if caught up in something like a simple man-in-the-middle attack in a public Wi-Fi zone.