Given the recent exposure of mass government surveillance regimes like PRISM, Pinwale, Fairview and XKeyscore protecting your privacy on the Internet has become almost mandatory.

And if you’re in Australia then you would have heard the recent noise from our braindead politicians in Canberra around the proposed Mandatory Internet “Metadata” retention. To make things easy for us to understand what “Metadata” is our illustrious federal Attorney-General cleared everything up in this Sky News interview.

I hope that made it abundantly clear to you what “Metadata” is!  PS if you do really know what “Metadata” is you might want to tell your local member of Parliament. Some more info here.

But how do you easily and cheaply protect yourself and your family from this rampant government snooping? I’m glad you asked.

I’m sure you’ve probably heard of the $35 computer that’s been doing the rounds. That computer is officially called the Raspberry Pi and makes a great little low power platform to build a device that you can hang off your home network to help protect yourself.

For the first cut of my project I decided to keep it simple and concentrate on protecting my web surfing with things like securing e-mail to be a future phase 2.

Here are the simple steps I undertook to setup my PrivacyPi.

Step 1 – Get the Raspberry Pi up and running

Step 2 – Get a VPN running

Step 3 – Setup some proxy software

Step 4 – Add a SOCKS proxy

Step 5 – Adding a Tor proxy to your setup

Step 6 – Making things a little more private

I hope that this simple overview will allow you to easily setup a internet proxy appliance that will allow you to protect your privacy on the Internet.

I’m going to continue trying new things so please check back often, and if there’s something you’d like me to look at, or you just want to ask me a question, then feel free to drop me a line at gavin <at> privacypi <dot> org.

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