If the folks at the NSA really want to access your data, they probably can, but that doesn’t mean you have to make it easy for them. A new service called MaskMe allows you to create new IDs, credit cards and phone numbers that act as a proxy for yours. If they are compromised, simply delete them.
This is done through a web browser extension and detects when you register or log in to a service, offering you to create a new email and password for it. You just remember one main passphrase and it does the rest. The email will be forwarded to your real address, and if you start receiving spam or experiencing a security breach, one click means the email address no longer exists.
Of course, your email isn’t the only thing you give out on the Internet. Your phone number and credit cards are just as often leaked when you buy things online. MaskMe will also do proxies for these – for $ 5 per month (email and passwords are free). Every time you need to enter a credit card, it invents a new one that will be billed instead, passing the cost back to your actual card.
The only question seems to be whether you’re okay with giving Abine, who does the plugin, all of your private information. Well, it might not be any worse than the 30 or 40 companies that already have this data, and it can help stem losses from future abuse or hacks. And Abine seems dedicated to helping create privacy on the web.
You can download MaskMe for free here; if you like how it works, you can also shell out $ 5 per month for phone and card hiding.
Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldwey.cc.