All About Being On line:

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Welcome to the world wide web. Within this realm of virtual space you can buy anything, sell services and objects of desire. You can pay your bills, while working for a company half way around the world, without even getting out of bed. The Internet provides you with entertainment, information, education and even help you find the love of your life. And it can ruin your life.

All you need for this modern marvel is a few wires, a power source, some basic equipment, and access.

Your Operating System:

There are four main operating systems on the internet. The most likely one you are using right now to read this is made by Microsoft. The other most likely one you could be using is made by Macintosh, and finally some of you have the most secure one for free, it’s called Linux. There is also another which is very close to Linux, it’s called Unix, and the service provider you use to get on the internet is likely using it.

Now it turns out that you can have two operating systems on the same computer. The people that make a version of Linux called Ubuntu also make what is called a port, called Wubi. Which is a Windows based program. The reason I am plugging Wubi is because a lot of the Linux based programs are security related, and they are free. (Including the OS)

Your ISP:

The only way to get on the internet is through an Internet Service Provider. Which one you pick is as important as what you do on the internet itself. What you need is not to have any ports blocked, if your ISP blocks ports, you are restricted to accessing, or using some features of the internet. The other thing to look for when trying to find an ISP, is their Terms of Service Agreement, and Privacy Policy. You must absolutely read these before you agree to the service. As I am writing this Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, together with the Honourable Peter Van Loan, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for York-Simcoe, Minister of Public Safety, and Mr. Daniel Petit, M.P. for Charlesbourg-Haute-Saint-Charles, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice today introduced in the House of Commons two separate pieces of legislation that will allow law enforcement access to everything you do online in Canada [source]. The UK, the USA, already have similar statutes in place for the same thing. Basically, they are demanding that ISP’s record, and provide means to log, monitor, and report everything you do online, everything. This is why it is essential that you have access to all ports, without them you may not be able to protect yourself from invasion of privacy, which I will get to later.

One other side note. If you have to option between choosing an ISP which provides access to USENET service, and they also allow access to the entire ALT hierarchy, take that service over others. I’ll explain why as well in a bit.

Wifi Hot Spots:

Now, I’m sure that by now you are making plans to get out of the city, if you haven’t done so already. Many survivalists/preppers have decided that bugging out at the 11th hour is not an option. Just because you are in the country and off the beaten path, does not mean there are no wifi hot spots around. Most truck stops across North America also have wifi, so you should be able to connect to the internet from here, as well as most hotels. Sometimes you have to pay a small fee for these, but most of the time you can find access, anonymously, that will allow you to send and receive data. There are a lot of open wifi links out there, used often by truckers to access the internet, but moving your truck around even a parking lot to find the best signal can be a real pain. I strongly recommend that you put the investment into a wifi detector.

Ham Radio Access:

Survivalists and Preppers alike prefer to do things themselves, this includes their communication needs, a short wave radio receiver is essential to getting world wide news and information. Beyond the receiving end of things with radio, is the ability to send information, and mere voice isn’t always enough. Enter in packet radio. Packet radio transmissions are a process in which signals are sent representing the entire ASCII code, this code is translated into radio and back into ASCii code using a device called a terminal node controller. The TNC enables the Ham Radio operator to use the radio waves as an open line to the world for their computer by converting the tones into packets of information that a modem can understand. This provides the Ham Radio operator the ability to connect his computer and use it for for electronic mail, message transmission, emergency communications, and linking incoming transmittance to the internet.

Ham Radio Gateways to the internet can also be connected to open satellite communications, providing access to the internet for radio operators worldwide.

This post was last updated on: January 12 2015 16:53:48