10 Things You Should Do To Stop The Government From Tracking You

Rich M.
By Rich M. April 5, 2021 07:55

10 Things You Should Do To Stop The Government From Tracking You

Back in 1949 the world was still recovering from World War II. The Korean War wouldn’t start for another year, but George Orwell was already focused on the dangers of communism and the totalitarianist government it builds. World War II was started by totalitarian governments; but worse than that was how such governments treat the citizens living under their control.

In his book 1984, the government, encapsulated in the persona of “Big Brother,” knew everything about everyone; where they were, what they were doing and even what they were thinking much of the time. This was used to keep control of people to an extreme that even the now defunct Soviet Union couldn’t reach. Yet with modern technology, the reality of such a government could very well be forming around us and we don’t even see it happening.

As we know, the government is actively spying on every one of us. That’s the essence of Edward Snowden’s message, since he left the employ of the NSA. While that spying is intended to help prevent terrorism, we’ve seen some in government be awfully free in their use of that term. One can quickly find themselves labeled as a terrorist if the political winds blow the wrong way.

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On top of the NSA, big tech is in cahoots with government in a number of ways, most especially with providing information to law enforcement officers, as they seek to solve crimes. But that same information which is being used for the good of tracking down and convicting criminals can very well be used against the rest of us. After all, any of us can become an instant felon, simply by Congress passing a law making something that has been legal, suddenly illegal.

An excellent case in point is the current push by Democrats to restrict our Second Amendment rights. Should they do that, then millions of law-abiding citizens will suddenly be faced with the option of turning in valuable firearms or hiding them from the government. Will the government hunt down those who haven’t turned in their guns, using the same tools they are currently using to track down criminals? Only time will tell.

So, what can we do to keep the government from having an idea where we are and what we are doing? To start with, we need to understand that the government has multiple means of tracking us, not just one or two. That means we’re going to have to defeat them all, if we expect to protect ourselves from electronic spying.

Here are a few places to start.

Use a Burner Phone

Things You Should Do To Stop The Government From Tracking YouThe easiest way for the government to track any of us is through our smartphone. We really don’t have a handle on everything that our phones are doing in the background, while we’re not looking.

Yet there’s nearly constant communication between our phones and the local cell phone tower.

It’s clear that the communications we have through our phones is readily available to the NSA and others.

You can even pay online services to do a little spying on family members, seeing their text messages, who they’ve talked to, what they’ve looked at online and where they’ve been. If you and I can do this, then you can be sure the government can do more.

Shut Off GPS Tracking

Things You Should Do To Stop The Government From Tracking YouOne of the most common ways our phones help the government keep track of us is through the phone’s GPS. Google and Apple keep track of our every move through that part of the phone.

If you go to Google Maps and click on your timeline in the menu, it will show you everywhere you’ve been, for the last several years.

Related: How To Cleverly Use A GPS Tracker

This feature alone could put you in danger if you just happen to be in the same place that a crime was committed. While that alone wouldn’t be enough to convict you; it would be enough to make you a suspect.

And that’s just one example of how the GPs could be used against you. What if they want to track you down because it has been reported that you said something against the government; they’d have no trouble tracking you down.

Clean Out Internet Browsing Activity and Cookies

Things You Should Do To Stop The Government From Tracking YouOne of the big ways that companies use the internet to keep tabs on us is through our browsing history and the cookies downloaded to our computers by the various websites we visit.

A lot can be learned about who we are and what we do by looking at that. That’s why major corporations invest so much in data mining, looking for people to buy their products.

Haven’t you seen how you can look at something online, then find advertisements for the same sort of product showing up in your Facebook feed and just about any online article you read?

That information is also admissible in court as a means of defining your character. Government prosecutors could build a totally false narrative about you as a terrorist or planning mass murder, backed up by no more than the websites you have visited. Simple curiosity can and will be used against you, perhaps even in a court of law.

Get Rid of Alexa, Siri, and other Voice-recognition Assistants

Things You Should Do To Stop The Government From Tracking YouOne of the key elements of Orwell’s imaginary society in 1984 was that the government was tracking what everyone was doing through their television sets.

Yet today, rather than the government having to hide that capability in our TV sets, we buy devices and use them in our homes.

Those devices track everything we do, listening in on our conversations, so that they can “serve us” better.

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Employees of those companies have come forth, confessing how employees at big tech companies listen in on people’s private lives.

If they’re doing it, then the government has access to it too. Remember, everything that device does goes over the internet and the NSA is tapped into that thoroughly.

Create Alternative e-Mail Accounts for Memberships

Things You Should Do To Stop The Government From Tracking YouOur online identity is largely tied into our e-mail account.

Pretty much everything you sign up for, from buying dog food to looking at different sites, involves creating an account using that e-mail address. That online presence can lead government agents to look into all areas of your online existence.

The solution is to create multiple ‘personas,’ utilizing them for different things.

In order to do this, you’re going to have to provide false information at some point, as pretty much all e-mail services try to verify that you’re a real person and that you’re who you say you are.

Create Site-specific Passwords

Passwords are the bane of modern existence, with more and more websites requiring a membership and password for access. Even those that don’t are likely to require you setting up an account to buy anything.

Things You Should Do To Stop The Government From Tracking You

The information attached to that account Is just one more source for the government to look at.

Most of us pick a password and use it for as much as we can. The problem with that is that once someone figures out your password, they can try it on a variety of different platforms, trying to access your account and see what you’ve been doing.

Four different products, bought from different vendors, could easily become the parts of a bomb in some investigator’s imagination.

Avoid JavaScript

JavaScript abounds throughout the internet, having been created to make it possible for web pages to be interactive.

Unfortunately, it’s full of security holes, having been created many of the more modern modes of hacking were invented. Today, breaking into JavaScript is considered small potatoes by hackers.

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Things You Should Do To Stop The Government From Tracking You

Keep in mind that the government employs hackers too; they’re called “white hat hackers,” and while that term was originally coined in regards to people who were trained in hacking in order to play the “red team” in online security simulations, it’s used for any hacker who does their work as part of “legitimate” business.

Of course, as far as the government is concerned, anything they do is legitimate, regardless of what the law says.

Encrypt e-Mail

We’ve already discussed how the NSA is recording and reading every bit of communications that flows across the internet. That includes your e-mail. They know if you’re making an inquiry about buying a new home, having an online affair or discussing business secrets.

According to Snowden, some of those government employees are looking over people’s shoulders, watching their lives as if it were a live soap opera.

encrypting your e-mail

The world’s best code breakers work for the NSA and the majority of the world’s supercomputers are housed in their facilities. So the idea that they can’t break into an encrypted e-mail is ridiculous. Nevertheless, encrypting still makes it harder, meaning that they’d have to have a pretty good reason to bother.

While not perfect, encrypting your e-mail at least protects you from casual view.

Avoid Online, Credit Card and Debit Card Purchases

Probably one of the earliest ways that law enforcement used the benefits of the internet to solve crimes is through tracking credit card use. We’ve all seen cop shows where they tracked a suspect by looking at where they were using their credit card. That’s child’s play for the government today.

Of course, the government isn’t the only one tracking our online purchases, although I don’t think that companies have the ability to get into the records of our credit and debit card usage like the government can.

cash payments

Either way, it can provide the government with a lot of information that you might not want them to know. Better to use cash and keep your transactions anonymous.

If you’ve got to buy things online, then use prepaid Visa and MasterCard gift cards, not associated with any bank account you have.

You can buy these easily at the checkout in many major stores, in denominations up to $500. That makes it possible to make a lot of purchase anonymously.

Then have the item shipped to an address that can’t be readily traced to you, like a PO box that you rented using a false address.

Don’t Fill Out Profile Data

One of the easiest ways for the government, criminals, companies and just about anyone else has of getting information about any of us is through our online profiles.

Things You Should Do To Stop The Government From Tracking You

Social media has encourages people to live an open life, with everything about them becoming common knowledge. But that information can become dangerous if it gets into the wrong hands.

Save that information, so that you can give it to who you want to, rather than whoever wants it.

While it might not be quite as “neighborly” in the online community, holding that information back could help protect you from the government or from criminals.

One Final Thought

Doing the things I’ve mentioned in this article are likely to have unintended consequences. That is, they’re likely to make you look suspicious to anyone investigating you.

But then, if you haven’t done anything wrong, it really doesn’t matter how suspicious they think you look. They still have to find evidence, not suspicion, in order to take any action against you.

Your ready answer to this suspicion should be that you are protecting yourself from criminals. Even government agencies recommend taking precautions for that reason, so by stating that, you’re throwing the onus back on them. If they don’t like that, it’s just too bad.

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Rich M.
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  1. Terri S April 5, 16:23

    Interesting…..
    but I would like a little more information on ways to defeat the spying.I know there are several but I always welcome other folks ideas, Some such as NOT using a smart phone ae pretty standard.

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    • Vladimir April 5, 22:22

      A lot of people are afraid to comment in fear of retaliation from our own Government. It was like that during the Obama administration. So many “far left” types have threatened to “punish” Conservatives for not walking in lockstep with the new Nazis we have in Government. The only time we have to revenge them is at the voting booths, and even then you cannot trust your vote will be counted.
      I even think that these shootings are encouraged by the far left so that they have an excuse to disarm people and rape the Constitution bloody. Biden himself has told us the Constitution is useless against the power of his office (which was really stupid, because he warned us what his plans are – to enslave the 99% that aren’t filthy rich). When I saw him stumble three times on the stairway to Air Force One, I couldn’t help but think not only his mind is gone, but his body betrays him, too. I firmly believe that Biden/Harris are just “talking heads” for the rich 1% that populate the Planet. Harris laughs, and Biden doesn’t know where he is or what he is doing! Biden the Catholic who embraces premeditated murder by abortion. Why hasn’t the Church excommunicated him? This is exactly what he deserves besides arrest for election theft.

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      • Kathysedai April 6, 17:38

        Dan Bongino suggests a parallel economy. Only use companies that have a strong Red leaning. He suggested a VPN service on his blog. I don’t use one so I forgot which one. But if a SS retiree uses it, it must be good.
        They will know anything and everything about you anyway, unless you live off grid in the backwoods. I just try to live simply and don’t worry too much, there is enough to worry about these days

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    • Disqusted April 6, 10:53

      Have to sneer at most of these hip,anti-surveillance sites. Long screeds on privacy, tracking etc. Then at the bottom of the page? Comment section is totally operated by DISQUS, which is the most insideous, pervasive widespread tracker online. Far more than FB or twitter even. Cause it tracks all that user’s entries ALL across the net, not just on twat and FB. Yet 98% of those who should know better, use it. Its pure poison.

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    • TAL April 7, 14:44

      The only way to “defeat the spying” is to take out the spies and their controllers!

      The solution is really quite simple once you think about it. It’s just the squeamish part that one has to get past to see the most efficient solutions!

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  2. Stu April 5, 16:32

    I’m afraid to comment on this one.

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  3. Judge Holden April 5, 16:51

    It is unclear how much data the NSA collects, but they do have the capability to intercept and record every electronic communication. What you think about that depends on how much you trust the Government. How far off the grid you go is a matter of choices. I spent a decade in my younger days leaving almost no trail, working in the cash economy, no bank acount, no Driver’s License, no phone, no credit, the pre-internet days to be sure. These days I am Uncle Sam’s little B because I take Social Security and Medicare (after ten years of not filing a tax return I got a real job and filed a return that year, never heard a word from the IRS). One important thing not mentioned in the article is to do all of your internet browsing through a Virtual Private Network, VPN. Hides everything you do on line, even from your ISP, the best VPNs use military grade encryption. Often overlooked with a VPN is the need to use a search engine that, unlike Google, does not collect and report your search data. Duckduckgo is one popular secure search engine for use with VPN. It is amazing how much of the internet is censored by Google and the other big players, especially any site that is considered far left, far right, or Libertarian. Man, i need the extreme views from all sides to even begin to approximate the Truth.
    “It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone.” The truth seems to be somewhere out there in The Zone these days.

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    • TAL April 5, 18:37

      I bet “The Truth” is laughing it’s asss off right about now, seeing how it is so blatantly ignored nowadays!

      And considering the way “virtual” reality(?) is taking over, I doubt “The Truth” will be around much longer!

      Too bad the Human Race just can’t seem to mature past its infancy, isn’t it?!

      The only thing left that the Human Race has to prepare for is the “hospice scene” from the movie Soylent Green!

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  4. TAL April 5, 17:21

    Putting the traitors infesting our country on the Gallows would be much simpler and more efficient, wouldn’t it???

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  5. Kritischer April 5, 18:17

    For anyone interested in privacy minded alternative technologies, here are some this article didn’t cover.

    -Use Brave Browser instead of Chrome/Edge/Firefox
    -Create a free email account at a privacy conscious provieder @e.email (here: e.foundation/e-email-invite/)
    -Consider a de-googled phone (e.foundation/products/)

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  6. Stu April 5, 18:31

    Yep, face recognition, cameras set up everywhere, artificial intelligence, google algorithms, mark of the beast, one world electronic currency, COVID passports. We are screwed

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    • Janusz57 April 5, 19:49

      We were astonished when we were in Texas, 1500 miles from home. Walmart pulled up my wife’s birthday without her showing ID. At a small hardware in west Texas the same thing happened to me. Then this month a local Rural King here in Ohio pulled up a purchase we had made…without ID, the bank card or the receipt when my wife wanted to return jeans she had purchased. Big tech and the government are watching every move.

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      • TAL April 6, 19:34

        When they do that to you, tell them, “I can find out where you live too………………real quick like!”

        The only way to defeat this enemy is to put the Fear of God into them, By Any Means Necessary!

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  7. Prov31Breid April 5, 19:22

    Even though we’re still not hardcore about this list yet, we started a majority of them as long as 10 years ago and are constantly refining our online presence. The first step was easy: get off social media (it doesn’t help just to leave a profile blank, when they can track where you log in right back to your computer). That started our “unintended consequences.” We started noticing we weren’t being notified of/invited to events, because all that was being done on Facebook. Friends actually started getting frustrated with us that they had to email or pick up the phone to contact us. Then, we started trying to teach friends and family about the problems with posting pictures, (GPS stamping, face recognition, etc.) and requested pictures with us in them, especially our kids, not be posted. Then we stopped checking the permission box for using our likeness in any organization we’re in. That decision has been the worst. We have been made to feel like we’re being ridiculous and how much trouble we put people through. Not complaining, just saying getting off the grid will actually make people around you mad! But we’re dying on this hill, because it’s important.

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    • TAL April 6, 19:38

      Now you know who your REAL friends are, and those who are not, don’t you?!

      It’s going to be just like the 1st Civil War, friend against friend, brother against brother, The Right side against the Wrong side.

      There’s no going back now, is there?

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  8. Dave from San Antonio April 5, 19:49

    I already use some of these ideas, but not all. I try to never fill out profile data and anything I order online is pretty benign. I never order ammunition, firearms, etc. online as that leaves a trail a blind man could follow. It is probably not completely possible to escape the ‘eye’ of ‘Big Brother’. There is a ‘list’, 72 or more things listed, that mark you as a possible ‘problem’ for the government. To find them, search ’72 things that might classify you as a potential terrorist’. The list was first published several years ago. If you read them you might find many that are rather chilling as, we most of the time, consider them to be rights or just everyday activities. We really have no idea just how much and or what the NSA or other agencies track and watch for, but I think Snowden only scratched the surface. I don’t think very highly of You Tube, Twitter or FaceBook. Maybe someday they will combine all three, just for those people who have to post ‘everything’ they do or say on these forms of social media, and call it…YouTwitFace. Posting everything you do, your daily life or whatever, on social media is ‘not’ very smart.

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    • red ant April 6, 03:43

      DavefSA
      That list came out under slowbama. I think. So that was back around 2008. Before trump.
      They must be scared of some people. It’s a dussy of a list. I coped it so I would have one.

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    • Miss Kitty April 6, 22:04

      Dave from San Antonio:
      Heh,heh…my former boss used to tell that joke! 🙂

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  9. crazysquirrel April 5, 23:30

    1) ditch all cell phones
    2) stop using CC/DC
    3) Don’t buy anything online
    4) DITCH WINDOWS and MAC
    5) Use one of the free secure Linux distributions on a USED laptop.
    6) Avoid using your home internet.
    7) Common sense – stop using social media!
    8) Use an offshore email like protonmail or tutanota.

    Remember, your car tires have RFID in them and you can be tracked that way.

    It takes great effort to be anonymous. Lots of practice too.

    Leave a trail of ‘breadcrumbs’ that YOU can control and for THEM to follow.

    While it is impossible to stop every tracking, it is plausible to stop most tracking.

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    • Spike April 6, 02:26

      You forgot to mention to stop living in the 21st Century. If the Govt decides to do away with me someday, I’ll only have to answer to God. You’ve got to realize that they already have a detailed profile on 99% of us already. Not getting the Covid Mark will put you on a higher priority surveillance list though.

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    • Stu April 6, 04:31

      Crazy squirrel that’s a high order to follow. Seems unattainable at this point and juncture

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    • TAL April 6, 19:45

      We don’t even bother trying anymore. The gov traitors have us all out-teched!

      We just wait for them to show up at our houses, because we know when they do show up, we will not survive the encounter. So we will simply take as many of them to hell with us as we can!

      There are no other options now!

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    • Omega 13 April 7, 22:11

      What? My tires have RFID? So?

      I mean, it is bad enough that I use a toll tag, but I can’t see how the technology of RFID would work to track you in a tire. They’re used by the tire store for INVENTORY, not the evil road cops.

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  10. olympus1112 April 6, 01:50

    This article is very useful. However you can also check out The hated one and techlore. They will begin a good lesson from dead stupid to ultra tight antigov.

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  11. Stumper7 April 6, 06:28

    I can’t do it. I get my work through the web, get paid via check, direct deposit, PayPal, and several others that always surprise me that I forgot about them.

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    • Stu April 6, 13:51

      Unfortunately that is what they want. And everything we post and say even in this website is attainable. Everything we say and post is affixed to our email address. Sooooo….

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    • TAL April 7, 14:39

      Then Arm Up my friend and practice, practice, practice, your family too!

      It’s all We REAL Americans have left to protect our families, homes & properties against these traitors!

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  12. Stu April 6, 13:53

    Here is a kicker for you. If you really are serious about being off grid then stop posting on this website. It is a form of social media just not made public.

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  13. Miss Kitty April 6, 22:20

    Welp…the cat’s already out of the bag for a great many of us.
    Trying to gracefully disengage from as many platforms, websites, digital banking and search engines as possible is all well and good, but if the gubment truly wants to “get” you, they already have all the info they need, from cradle to tomb. Newer cars all have tracking devices as do our cell phones, and whether it’s activated or not it by us they can remotely activate them. Almost everyone has a social security number for work, a driver’s license, licences/ certifications for certain types of work.
    Somewhere, there is a record of some sort of everything you’ve done, everyone you’ve interacted with and everywhere you’ve been. If you attract enough of the wrong attention, or if someone in your circle of acquaintances has, you can be tracked down.
    Otoh, if you are boring and vanilla, you won’t ping their radar, even if you’re bowling buddies with the unibomber. They’ll just think you’re a poor judge of character.
    The point is, show them only what you want them to see.

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  14. Omega 13 April 7, 22:14

    Here’s a thought. When you back up your data, do NOT back up to “The Cloud.” Use a removable hard drive.

    Do you know where those “cloud” servers are? China. It isn’t some amorphous wonder existing in the air. It is Chinese hardware.

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  15. Carol L April 7, 22:43

    There is actually a book for doing this:
    How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, And Vanish Without A Trace

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  16. Mailpouch April 7, 22:44

    In this articlethe author says “you’re going to have to provide false information at some point”….
    Have you had a routine doctor appointment recently and the nurse ask if you’ve been down or depressed?…
    At some point in your check up questions the nurse asks do you own any firesrms…
    You seriously don’t think your answers are kept private by the doctors do you?
    Have you tried to buy a firearm recently?…Questions: Have you ever been treated for a mental disorder or had mental health issues?
    I’m sure the answers you give your nurse & doctor are in the FBI data base and are compared to your answers on your FBI background check when you buy a firearm.
    Honestly I don’t trust doctors any more than I trust politicians. I’m not giving them any more information than I have to.
    Guess it’s just the conspiracy theorist in me.

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    • Miss Kitty April 8, 10:46

      Mailpouch:
      Not necessarily. I used to go to a doctor who had free WiFi for patient use. That same WiFi refused to allow patients to access ANY conservative websites, prepping websites, or even FOX news, which is pretty mainstream. It popped up with a message that access was denied due to “offensive content”.
      I don’t go to that doctor anymore….

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