sup bladez, as many of my stateside friends might know, there is domestic spying and surveilance going on right now. this includes electronic serveilance (email, google searches, etc). warantless electronic searches by nsa/cia/fbi are apparently ok now for the govt to do. here is a sure fire way to protect your privacy w/o having to buy some expensive internet privacy software. when you type a url you begin with http:// and then the web address. to protect yourself, you can connect securely to virtually any website by adding an 's' (https://) to the beginning of the url. when you do this you will be prompted by one of those 'secure login' windows. here is the text of an article that explains it more clearly, i just gave a sumarized version of it. Certificate Signatures and Secure HTTP by Jeff Hunter You can connect to this web site securely using https. If you're connecting from work, a public terminal, or through an insecure network, using https will ensure that the pages you view and the messages you type on this site cannot be intercepted by any government, employer, or other snoop. All data passing between your browser and the totse.com web server will be encrypted using the latest encryption technology. You can connect to this web site securely using https at the following URL: https://www.totse.com/ Basically, if you change the URL for any page from "http" to "https" you'll be viewing that page securely. Once you start viewing pages securely, you'll continue to view additional pages securely when following the links on this site. Rather than shell out a few hundred bucks per year for a certificate signed by Verisign or Thawte, totse.com uses a self-signed certificate. This means that the certificate authority IS totse.com, and since totse.com is not going to show up as a registered certificate authority already built into your browser, you'll get a warning message that your browser does not recognize the certificate authority "www.totse.com". Go ahead and accept the certificate that is presented. If you're really paranoid, you can check the SHA1 and MD5 fingerprints of the certificate as shown in your browser. It should read as follows: SHA1 Fingerprint=20:2C:91:B4:9B:F0:5D:89:CD9:8A:59:B9:C7:88:BA:F40:44:CE MD5 Fingerprint=4C:E5:E7:21:3D:68:07:09:900:0F:80:AE:73:3BE Those are the fingerprints for this site's certificate. If those match what you're seeing, the certificate really is from totse.com.