“According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google,” Anthony Ha reports for TechCrunch. “Snowden conducted a remote interview today as part of the New Yorker Festival, where he was asked a couple of variants on the question of what we can do to protect our privacy.”

“His first answer called for a reform of government policies. Some people take the position that they ‘don’t have anything to hide,’ but he argued that when you say that, ‘You’re inverting the model of responsibility for how rights work,'” Ha reports. “He added that on an individual level, people should seek out encrypted tools and stop using services that are ‘hostile to privacy.’ For one thing, he said you should ‘get rid of Dropbox,’ because it doesn’t support encryption, and you should consider alternatives like SpiderOak.”

“He also suggested that while Facebook and Google have improved their security, they remain ‘dangerous services’ that people should avoid,” Ha reports. “His final piece of advice on this front: Don’t send unencrypted text messages, but instead use services like RedPhone and Silent Circle.”

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