Can My Internet Provider Watch My Actions On The Internet?
Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:18 AM
I know internet security is an issue, but that isnt my question.
Can a provider, or anyone, literally, sit back, and watch a screen, and see everything you are doing at any given time?
He is so worried that he has a half a dozen security programs running at the same time, and now he wonders why his computer is slow and often locks up.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:30 AM
Well. in one word yes but, unless you are targeted by the authorities, I don't think they have the time or care about what sites you visit
on the net. Unless you are Torrenting Illegal material (child porn or copyrighted material) and the authorities suspect you are doing this
then they can subpena the ISP for your home address from the IP address they have harvested. There's allot more to this but, basically
yes they can. Hackers and Trojans can do allot more damage and harvesting than your ISP could.
Are you or is your friend doing something illegal online
This post has been edited by Flashorn: 09 August 2012 - 03:31 AM
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Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:01 AM
Posted 09 August 2012 - 11:26 AM
Let me clarify something right now!
No, no and no.
I have nothing to hide nor does my paranoid friend, but, I have always wondered if this is really possible.
Guess I will have to stop communicating with the Chinese about those fake Olympic medals I was going to hack over the internet.
Thanks alot, you just ruined my day! LOL.
His identity was hacked over the internet and fraudulent charges made to his credit card, so he got me thinking just how secure I was myself. Thats why I asked this question.
Illegal activity? Brother, if I found a nickle in your driveway I would give it back to you!
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:11 PM
Your Internet service provider tracks what IP addresses youcontact, which effective means they know the web sites you're visiting. Theycan also read anything you send over the Internet that isn't encrypted. Whetherthey actually do that is an open question.
According to Dan Auerbach, a Staff Technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, they collectmostly metadata. This includes allrelevant IP addresses and port numbers. With a little bit of work, thisinformation can tell them who you're communicating with and help them make aneducated guess about whether you visited a Web page or sent e-mail. As Auerbachexplained in a phone conversation with me, they're tracking "who you'resending mail to but not the content."
So what about content? Can they see what pages on that Website you visited, and what you wrote in that e-mail? Yes, they can, if theychoose to do so. But there are legal limits. For instance, in the United States,they can only share content with the government (I'll let you decide if youfind that comforting).
On the other hand, there are no such restrictions on withwhom they can share metadata. There's "a lot of opacity surrounding whatthey actually do," says Auerbach. "It's difficult to know what agiven ISP is doing with the data." Privacy policies, of course, are seldomwritten to be clear and understandable.
How long do they retain the information? "Roughly betweensix months and two years," estimates Auerbach.
What can you do about it?
First, embrase any technology that encrypts the data for itsInternet travel. If you need privacy, use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or avirtual private network (VPN). And find a way to encryptsensitive email.
If you're really paranoid, you might want to consider Tor, a free program and service thatmakes it much more difficult to track what you're doing online. For moreinformation, see TorNetwork Cloaks Your Browsing From Prying Eyes.
Posted 30 August 2012 - 02:09 AM
They can even predict what you are going to do next.
We are all slaves living on a prison planet.
Wake up and smell the coffee.
This post has been edited by snorg: 30 August 2012 - 02:12 AM