Get ‘SmartOn’ Cybersecurity and Government Surveillance




If you are one of those who might bypass this article because “I have nothing to hide” – *cringe* – watch this before you go:

Why Privacy Matters , Glenn Greenwald

Then, march right back here and read on.

Mozilla, (developer of FireFox Browser) unlike Google, seems concerned about your security and privacy. In what appears to be a privacy campaign, ‘SmartOn Series’, they are suggesting that you ‘Get SmartOn the Web‘ cyber security and are offering help for you to do so in the form of what they refer to as your ‘Internet Owners Manual’.

The manual is divided into three sections, Tracking, Cybersecurity, and Government Surveillance.

They also offer a Quick Start:

Get Smart on privacy in four easy steps

Here is a quick summary:


What is Tracking?

Tracking in Action

Tracking for Personalization

Tracking Without Permission

Going Beyond the Web

Be the Boss of Your Personal Information

Understand the hidden cost of ‘free’

Shine a light on trackers

Think before you click

Choose Choice

Delete your unused accounts

Protect your profiles

Don’t forget about apps

Look to your browser

Do not track

Private browsing



Cybersecurity explained

The Three Watchouts



Network and Computer Attacks

Build Your Safety Net

Look both ways

Trust your gut

Watch yourself in public

Lock Your Doors

Choose strong PINs and passwords

Don’t use a single password everywhere

Do the two step

In case of emergency

Fix it before it breaks


Operating Systems

Install a security system

Anti- Virus

Firefox add ons



Government surveillance explained

Stored info is vulnerable info

The solution: safeguards

Act before you react

Take a stand

Get informed

Stay updated

Close your blinds

browse carefully

cap your camera

watch the wifi

try encryption

So … don’t be an iDio t and get SmartOn security!

Also, of course, by a BlackBerry 10 device.


I am a long time BlackBerry user and fan. Beginning with the 7520, I have recognized the value of subtle productivity enhancements in BlackBerry devices for business communication and have never since strayed. Even when the iPhone took the market by storm, I was unimpressed, because it did nothing to help my business needs. Currently enjoying my one handed dream phone, the Classic! BB10 with a toolbelt! Today I contribute to UTB whenever I feel that I can help enlighten someone on the benefits of using BlackBerry over any other platform.

  • newcollector

    Great article, BlackJack! We all need the reminders of diligence in security. Now I have to go and change some passwords.

    • Blackjack

      Thanks NC!

  • fishlove73

    Very nice write up BlackJack.