ASU students can take steps to stay safe from surveillance

Photo by Hannah Franklin | The State Press

Don’t be Trumped by your paranoia: take precautions instead

When the first day of spring break unfolded, I stepped into the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport with a positive attitude I usually find hard to muster in airports.

As I hurried through the masses of people, an advertisement caught my eye. “Protect yourself from cyber attacks,” the banner above me read, accompanied by a man’s face from the nose down wearing a suspicious smirk. He was sitting before a laptop, his fingers poised to commit a nefarious attack on an unsuspecting victim’s cyberspace.

Ever since I saw that banner, the issues of cybersecurity and surveillance have weighed heavily on my mind. From alleged Russian involvement in the 2016 election to Donald Trump accusing Barack Obama of wiretapping the White House, worries about third-party surveillance of private information are ubiquitous in our modern political climate.

Read the rest of my article at the State Press website!

This piece was originally published March 22, 2017.

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