Marijuana, Paranoia and the Internet

Internet privacy and Internet security are topics people speak about and are often deemed crazy or paranoid. Likewise 420 friendly people live with a common misconception that when a person gets high they become paranoid; thankfully for me that is not the case. Marijuana has always been a way for me to relax, relieve pain and sleep forfeiting the need to pollute my body with the harmful chemicals our ruling powers believe are proper. Personally I am fully committed to the full legalization of it and hopefully pushing it directly into the mainstream economy to aid in the creation of jobs, ease our spiraling budget deficits and stopping the crime that has grown from its classification.

Like marijuana I also believe the Internet should also be accessible and free from deep government scrutiny. That’s certainly not the case and the intrusion into our personal freedoms is greater than you might think especially in “the Land of the Free”. Compared to the partisan fights and Government wavering on the issue of Marijuana, the Internet is a maximum security prison getting tighter and more monitored everyday. Think this will change when our countries are being controlled by large business and with their hands firmly inserted in puppet politicians? Hardly.

Take the simplest type of using the Internet and let’s think about visiting a tube side (or three) to check out the latest music video, vortex product or HTGB photo. You type in the link (or, more likely, click the bookmark) and there’s your favorite site. From there, it’s a quick keyword search and you’ve got what our looking for. Watch ’em, see some additional links from there, click on the new links, repeat as necessary. Just another day of freedom on the Internet, right?

Actually this isn’t anonymous at all! First of all, your local Internet Service Provider is tracking each and every website you visit, search term you enter, and video you watch. They don’t have to do anything fancy to do this kind of tracking; after all, everything you do online runs right through their servers! Just as the tollbooth at a bridge knows each and every car that comes and goes across it, so your ISP knows each and every bit of data you send back and forth to the Internet. That Kush review site you just spent 30 minutes browsing? Yep, they know – and they keep those records, often for years. Unfortunately, since you also pay them for that internet access, they also know your name and address and other such details. Combine that with those websites you’ve been visiting, and they have an awfully precise profile of just what you do online. They might not do anything bad with that profile… but then again, they might.

And that’s not even taking into account the websites themselves, the ones you visit when you think you’re so anonymous. Everything you do when you’re there is connected to your home Internet Protocol (IP) address: think of it as the equivalent of leaving your fingerprints on all the merchandise (not just the stuff you buy, but everything you look at!) when you visit a store. If the store-owner wants to, they can make a complete record of everything you touched, every department you entered, every item you considered. Except, with websites, the entire process of logging this detailed information about your visit is automatic, easy, and cost-free. Every website does it; logs are an essential part of keeping track of how the website performs, who visits what pages, and what is popular with customers.

What that means is that your unique viewing habits on EVERY website you visit can be easily connected back to your personal IP, and thus to your name, address, and phone number. Now, perhaps you trust the webmasters of each and every website you visit – every tube site, every BitTorrent tracker, every gallery – not to use that information against you. After all, it would be very, very mean for them to – for example – use that information to blackmail you. “Sign up for a lifetime membership at our website… or we’ll publish your name and address for all the world to see, along with every video you’ve ever clicked on during your past visits.” Ouch. This isn’t hypothetical, unfortunately – it’s been documented and it’s not unusual. But it gets worse…

Because, even if you do trust every website you visit that they won’t “turn” on you and use their detailed knowledge about your indivual viewing habits against you, those data are still sitting on all those websites. What if someone gains access to the website and steals the whole set of log data? If you think this can’t happen, point your browser at a search engine and type in: “Anonymous data breaches hacking,” and that might change your mind. Who would want to hack the logfiles of a marijuana website, and leak all that information to the public? Oh, there’s a whole host of hate-based, anti-marijuana zealots out there who live for exactly that kind of thing. Sad, but true. Whether driven by religious fanaticism or just a hatred of things they don’t understand, they “out” customers of websites they don’t like – not for the money, not for any gain at all, but just to do the maximum possible damage in the process.

So that’s not a very confidence-inspiring picture when it comes to the anonymity you thought you had when you visit those websites, is it? The good news is that you can recapture the anonymity you thought you had all along, and do so easily & inexpensively. How? By using a no-compromise, battle-tested, anti-censorship Virtual Private Network (VPN) service like Also referred to as “encrypted routing services,” companies like encrypt all the data that comes and goes from your computer, 24/7/365. That means nobody out there can see your private IP address: not your ISP, not the websites you visit, not anyone trying to spy on you otherwise.

Think of it this way: a good VPN service is like wearing an invisible pair of gloves as you go about your everyday business. Nobody who goes along snooping after you will ever see your fingerprints on anything you’ve touched, which means you aren’t vulnerable to blackmail, extortion, stolen logfiles, or anything else. As far as the world out there knows, you’re invisible. Anonymous… just like you thought you were all along. That’s the peace of mind that comes with using an encrypted routing service like With it, you can go about your 420 surfing… safely & securely, with no worries whatsoever.

Father; Blogger; Practicing ‘Lattlay Fottfoy’; Recently been dubbed ‘HARDCORE’; Active for Freedom, Privacy, Free Speech; Part Time Troll & Redneck Gigalo and a Veteran of the VPN Business. Follow me on twitter @theSaint707

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3 Responses

  1. So, I’m kind of wondering. How does CryptoCloud compare with something like Tor? I checked for an article or comparison on this site about that, but didn’t see any.

    I agree with what you’re saying Marc (don’t I always?). The recent Facebook Timeline that is rolling out is a harbinger of things to come. I can see the day now where prosecutors will be asking someone why he was listening to Slayer and reading about metal pipes the day before his wife was found bludgeoned. They will attempt to convince juries that circumstantial coincidences, as posted by social networks, should be enough to override lack of real evidence like DNA, fingerprints, blood splatter, etc.

    Of course, being an FBI agent is easier than ever. You don’t even have to be *good*. Granted, criminals were never that smart to begin with, but it’s getting a bit out of control. To have your whole life auto-tracked I can only think of three possible solutions to avoid people making the wrong decisions about you: Either go offline entirely (increasingly a hassle and not very much fun), use something like your product CryptoCloud (or maybe Tor? Not sure…), or post and respond to so much stuff that when some law enforcement agency tries to run a profile on you, their computer algorithms explode. (He likes Slayer and Michael W. Smith??? Ka-Boom!).

    Encryption (like using Skype) is somewhat helpful to keep people out of petty matters, but it has no lasting benefit (especially when Anonymous and others are out there destroying everything that was supposedly safe… SSL!).

    It’s a weird world where 420 folks, pro-life extremists, middle east democracy fighters, and Wikileaks supporters are on the same side of this fight. Maybe we can all learn a little from each other, eh?

  2. Anonymous A99 says:

    Tor is complete anonymity, VPN services commonly log IP info and require a credit card to open. Bottem line I have never heard of crytocloud VPN, I use Mullvad I know they don’t log info ad the accept anonymous currency (bitcoin). For minor things I use a VPN and for actions on the internet I use tor it is slower but I can never be found.

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