How do I keep my emails, texts, and calls from being snooped on?
If you’re concerned about surveillance or targeted snooping, encrypt your communications — both written and voice. For secure texts and calls, download the Signal Private Messenger calling app (free; whispersystems.org), which requires that all parties install and use the app for absolute security. The simplest way to send encrypted email is to log in through the Tor Browser (free; torproject.org), a no-frills, privacy-minded browser that deflects attempts to track your online activity.
Expert Tip: Think twice about what’s in your email. Sharing a recipe is fine. Your Social Security number? Not so much.
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