Rich DeMuro
Jun. 17, 2013

With recent news of government organizations like the NSA monitoring your internet activity through programs like PRISM, it may seem like your every move is being watched.

Whether you’re browsing the internet on your computer with a web browser, sending messages from your phone, or making a simple call your information is exposed to being handled by the service provider.

But, there are alternative programs to just about every major program we use that can help keep our online activities more private.

Instead of browsing the web with Chrome or Internet Explorer, Prism-Break suggests Firefox or the Tor Browser Bundle. If you like the browser you have, Fix Tracking gives you tips on how to make yours more secure.

For alternatives to popular search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo try the lesser known ones like DuckDuckGo and Startpage–they all have features to keep what you do anonymous.

There’s also Bitcoin instead of PayPal for monetary transactions and, Bitmessage for peer to peer or broadcast messages that are encrypted.

For short form messages, try Pidgin, which has a feature called Off the Record that keeps conversations more private.

Although government surveillance of your data can be threatening, these programs can lessen the feeling of being watched. But, keep in mind, anything done online is always at risk to be infiltrated, no matter what precautions you may take.