Don’t like the NSA? Use Flagger, a browser add-on designed to make NSA spying harder


The NSA has a lot of data to sort through — basically any internet traffic that passes through the US can be intercepted and gathered by the agency. And anytime something suspicious pops up like searches for “Al Qaeda” or “pressure cooker” or “hidden bomb,” they’ll probably take notice.

If you’re not a fan of the NSA and their surveillance practices, you’ll probably be a fan of Flagger. Flagger is a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that takes a random selection of keywords (called “red flags”) that the NSA would find suspicious, like the aforementioned pressure cooker, and adds those words into the address of every website you visit. The idea is that the NSA will have to deal with more noise and have to sort through many more false alarms. You can even choose which red flags you’d like to use and then add a message for the NSA to read if or when you get their attention.

The video below walks you through Flagger:

If enough people start using the extension, who knows what kind of damage it might be able to do? And if it doesn’t really put a dent into the NSA’s overbearing practices, I’m sure people wouldn’t mind getting the chance to troll the NSA at least once or twice. You can download Flagger from the its website. Just don’t be surprised if men in black suits show up at your door.

[via Quartz]

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  • Janet

    Just found out about this, in the process of installing to my torch browser. Been getting stressed out about all this NSA stuff (not sure if I’m paranoid or not lol) and it makes me worried about browsing without a privacy extension. Found a few products that sound good, but I think I’ll try this one first!

  • Coyote

    [@kevbo] This, it will just allow them to request more tax dollars to fund their nanny mentality.

  • Louis

    To be installed. Sticking it to them permanently from now.

    How about (message, combined with well-chosen keywords and the right server on your VPN) :

    Mogadishu op compromised, extraction req urgent.

    Alt :

    Drone down, Srebrenica

    The possibilities are endless

    Just remember to activate your VPN heheh

  • Raeldin

    Ah yes, Poke the bear.

  • kevbo

    We’d be better off putting our resources into electing official with two things that are sorely lacking in our current representatives: common sense and balls. That agency will just use something like this to justify spending even more money on their abusive and invasive programs.

  • Mike

    And, yes, have fun when you get flagged by the NSA, and when someone starts making inquiries about you . . . .