The current legislation in Australia requires service provides to retain metadata for two years. In parallel, everything you type into the search bar on Google or Bing is retained along with your IP address and other relevant details. Therefore, your Internet browsing activity can be reconstructed and linked back to you by correlating the different datasets with each other.

To avoid these data correlation issues, you can switch to a search engine that promises not to retain any logs of your search queries. Read our latest guide for search engines that does not collect and retain anything of your search activity.

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Tiny USB drives are forgotten in cafés, and prone to pickpocketing. By encrypting your portable devices, your files - and ultimately your sources - can remain safe and secure, in case your USB device vanishes into thin air.

BitLocker is an easy way to encrypt external USB sticks and hard disks. It is built-into Windows and super-easy to enable.

Follow our latest guide on USB drive encryption to encrypt your devices today

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Hard drive encryption protects from two things. Firstly, nobody can tamper with your computer (e.g. install backdoors) if you leave it unattended. Secondly, your files remain secure in case the laptop is stolen.

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Using Skype for video calls is a bad idea. It used to be encrypted, but since Microsoft purchased them they broke the crypto. In fact, the company is willing to hand over the voice and video recordings to various law enforcement agencies without a warrant.

The solution to this problem is end-to-end encryption again. Wire is an easy to use app that encrypts video calls just like that. It is super easy to use and they are relatively open about the underlying technology.

Check out our latest addition to the guides here on secure video calls

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One method to monitor your activities online as well as your computer is backdoors on your computer. Since the breaches of the Hacking Team and FinFisher, or news from the FBI, we know that certain governmental organisations are willing to exploit computers and smartphones to install backdoors on them.

Check out the latest addition to the guides on anti-malware and anti-exploit software.

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Reporters are one of the bastions of democracy, as they could expose the wrongdoings of governments, corporates or well-connected individuals affecting the many. We would have never learned about the Watergate, the NSA's mass surveillance program or the detention camps of Australia without them.

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