Category Archives: Internet/Hacking

What is a VPN and Do You Need One?

VPN is a term that once would have never found its way into the average layman’s vocabulary, but the world has changed.  VPN stands for virtual private network, and the long and short of it is that a VPN keeps your Internet browsing and activities private.  Most VPNs operate under the same premise.  They are a middle-man of sorts for you and your online activities.  You go through the VPN service which bounces your signal around the world and then some, resulting in prying eyes not being able to figure out what you are doing.  You’re at a conspiracy site already.  You love Common Sense Conspiracy, but maybe you get a little nervous when reading all this truth we are throwing out there.  That’s where a VPN comes in.  No one that works for the CSC would dare log into the administrative section of this website without a VPN securely in place, so the question is why would you?

But Isn’t That For Illegal Stuff?

It’s true that VPNs conjure up images of the dark web, illegal prescription drug deliveries, and people hiring hitmen to kill their spouses.  While it would be silly to try to say that VPNs are not popular among those doing some shady stuff in this world, that doesn’t mean it is exclusively for that.

Yes, VPNs are used for those trying to do super-illicit things on the Internet.  This includes the worst of the worst, right up to really terrible things like child pornography and human trafficking.  Then there’s that next tier.  People that like to watch a few free movies on Kodi from time to time or want to download some HD movies or video games.  Illegal, although obviously not on the level of some of the stuff you might find on the dark web.  Still, you are saying to yourself, what if I’m on the up-and-up?  Do I still need a VPN?

The answer is yes.  There’s more than just illegal stuff to consider.  We don’t advocate using a VPN to do anything illegal, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary.  Think of sites like this where you are reading about massive government conspiracies.  Do you want just anyone out there to be able to follow your trail?  What if you want to sign up for a perfectly legal service but don’t want anyone to know what you are up to?  A VPN is where it’s at for you.

At its heart, a VPN is all about privacy.  It’s even right there in the title:  virtual private network.  There’s nothing illegal or immoral about wanting your privacy.   There’s nothing illegal or immoral about having a problem with every little thing you do being tracked to death by everyone from the government to political organizations to people desperately trying to sell you something.  VPNs are for everyone, and there has never been a time where it was more important.

But Is It Really That Dangerous?

Put simply, yes.  Even if you are not even dreaming of doing anything illegal on the Internet, those that are will find you and make you their victim.  We all know about identity theft.  That’s old news.  It goes further though.  Companies are tracking your every move on the interwebs to try to make sure they are putting the best advertisements in your inbox, in banners along sites you are browsing, in Facebook and other social media, and even in your good, old-fashioned snail mailbox.

They track everything.  Big Data is relentless.  Your age, your birthday, your political and religious affiliations.  Who did you give money to?  Charities?  What concerts did you go see?  Did you take a trip?  Did you fly?  Drive?  Did you go to an amusement park?  Visit a museum?

Do you subscribe to things online?  What’s your health like?  Do you search for things that indicate you might some sort of illness?  Can we use that to target you further?

VPNs take one major piece of the puzzle out of action for those watching and listening.  Location is everything in their business, and a VPN cloaks your location completely.  They will never be able to tie it all together, even if they are able to pick up snippets of your trail.  Take away location and you take away everything.  That’s why the crooks like it.  It does law enforcement no good to find out that someone bought some drugs online but they traced it down to India.  While you are not doing anything illegal on your VPN, it still offers you the same protection that makes those on the wrong side of the law seek it out.

So What Does Common Sense Conspiracy Recommend?

Well, as we said before, no one here at the CSC would log in to this website remotely without having a VPN in place, and we have our preferences.  Make no bones about it.  The CSC does advocate Surfshark.  We are an affiliate to them, which means that if you sign up with our banners and links, we get a little thrown back our way.  We didn’t sell out to them.  We like them.  We honestly believe this is the greatest VPN service.  We say that from the place of a consumer that needed a product.

Surfshark has good rates and great performance.  No one wants to sacrifice all their wonderful Internet speed that they pay good money for just to cloak themselves with a VPN.  Surfshark makes sure you won’t see performance issues while staying safe online.  Their rates are some of the best across the industry, and they offer different subscription lengths to fit every need.

Surfshark understands the customer load it has and they expand when they need to.  Currently, they have 500 servers spread out across 50 countries.  Every continent but Antarctica.  And no one would believe you were in Antarctica anyway.  That’s pretty impressive coverage and variety no matter where on the Earth you currently reside or where you plan on going while using their VPN service.

Surfshark also has great customer service.  They are available literally all the time and even have cool internet chat help if you aren’t real keen on talking on the phone.

The Verdict — Protect Yourself and Your Privacy

Get a VPN and use it.  It’s that simple.  We recommend Surfshark, but more importantly, we recommend that you use some VPN.  Do yourself a favor and make this happen today.  You can’t put a price on peace of mind.

The How hard did aging hit you challenge conspiracy — photo update time?


Anytime there is a viral anything on the Internet, we here at Common Sense Conspiracy can expect a few emails or messages about whether there is some sort of conspiracy involved. After all, people in conspiracy circles can be a tad bit paranoid at times, and when they see almost everyone biting on something hard, they start to wonder just what it all means in the big picture.

There have been dozens of these over the years. Remember the cinnamon challenge? The ice bucket challenge? That weird dress where everyone just had to let you know what color they see it as. Yes, the list goes on and on. For 2019, we are starting out with something called “The How Hard Did Aging Hit You Challenge.”

It’s catching fire on social media as we speak, and no doubt within hours, you are going to see tons of friends, co-workers and relatives taking to Facebook or their social media drug of choice to post before-and-after style pictures of them several years ago versus now. Like most of these challenges, you can look high and low, but you will never figure out just where this started. Viral things on the Internet are almost always like that. It just takes off and no one really knows whose brainchild they are partaking in. So, many of our loyal readers suggest that maybe it all starts with your favorite uncle — Uncle Sam. That’s right, a lot of people think the How Hard Did Aging Hit You Challenge may have been sanctioned by the government.

But why? What possibly could be the reason for the government to want to start a movement like this? That’s an easy one. See, facial recognition is all the rage in the cyber-security world these days. Turn on any of your favorite CSI-style shows and you’ll see FBI or other agencies using cameras everywhere to scan faces and see who is going where in seconds.

The real world is not as easy. Yes, they have the technology. We know that just by looking around. Facebook has long identified faces and put them with names, albeit with help from their amazing base of users. No doubt the NSA, FBI, and CIA are using facial recognition more and more as the years go by. However, did you ever think about how these databases get populated?

Driver license photographs and mugshots when someone finds themselves on the wrong side of the law are a big chunk of it, no doubt. These standard kind of photographs don’t work that well for facial recognition though. How many times out in the subway are you posing exactly like your driver license picture, or worse yet, your mugshot from a night that turned wrong? We’re guessing not that many. And these don’t get updated for years at a time if they get updated at all.

So, how do you keep a vast database for facial recognition updated all the time? You scour places where people like to put pictures of themselves. Over and over again. Over periods of years. You scour Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, the web for blog pages, high school yearbooks, you name it. The selfie movement helped the government out big time, but how could you make it catch fire again and get everyone to willingly provide you with some pictures showing how they have aged over the years? They even enjoy it. They laugh about it and pass it around to their friends and family.

Is the How Hard Did Aging Hit You Challenge a massive conspiracy? We can’t know for sure. Think about this though. Even if the government had absolutely nothing to do with this viral challenge and it was all the brainchild of someone completely innocent who just thought it was interesting to get people to post pictures of themselves in the past and now, can you imagine for one second that someone in the government hasn’t at the very least thought this a fortuitous turn of events?

It may not be a conspiracy and it may be. The outcome is the same. There is a 100% chance that the government is watching this challenge and using it to increase the accuracy of its facial recognition software. Will you be a willing participant or will you resist the viral movement?

Terrorism Now Being Used as Excuse to Regulate the Internet

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May is publicly calling for social media giants like Facebook and Twitter to become hostile places for terrorists looking to communicate or recruit. Now, we all can probably agree that this is a good idea, and we certainly hope that none of our readers would feel otherwise. However, it is our duty at Common Sense Conspiracy to point out where this could lead in the future.
Grabbing control over the Internet has been a problem for world governments for now decades. While we may never know exactly what happened behind the scenes, somehow the Internet took off and became what it is today without governments all over the world realizing it in time to put the clamps down on it. This kind of unchecked freedom keeps them up at night, and there have been many legislative attempts over the years to find a way to exert more control over it. Social media blowing up like it has only upped the ante.
So, while we are not necessarily implying that May and others are using terrorist acts as a means for pushing for more Internet control, we are saying that the possibility for that exists. Whether that is the goal behind the scenes right now, you can rest assured they wouldn’t mind if gaining more control of the Internet and social media was some sort of collateral damage in fighting the spread of extremism. This is another example of what is often referred to by conspiracy theorists as the “slippery slope.” What starts out as one thing, and even a good thing at that, turns into something else entirely with time. Stay tuned as we continue to analyze this and future situations.

Susan Rice Revelation Amidst Russia Probe Proves the Full Corruption of the American Government

In case you missed it, a few weeks ago President Donald Trump shocked the world when he took to Twitter to scold former President Barack Obama for wiretapping him and his associates during the presidential campaign and subsequent transition. Everyone laughed, pointed fingers, made memes, and said Trump was off his rocker. Only, now the Susan Rice revelations are showing that whether or not Trump was exactly right, he was at least not talking complete nonsense, and it will probably turn into quite a political and possibly even criminal issue as the Obama administration seeks to make Susan Rice the fall gal for the second time (remember Benghazi anyone?). We are not here to discuss the allegations and what it means. We just want to give our readers a quick scorecard so they are up to speed on where we are at with things.

Ok, let’s start back last year when Russia supposedly leaked to Wikileaks the emails that revealed that Bernie Sanders never was really in this thing, and the DNC let millions of Americans donate their hard-earned money to his campaign knowing full well that it was fixed and Hillary Clinton would be the candidate no matter what happened. Now, follow along here, Russia supposedly did this to “influence” the election by revealing to the American people that at least half of the primary process was fixed. Now, the whole Russia investigation revolves around the idea that Trump or someone close to Trump was talking and colluding with Russia to make this happen. Just in case that didn’t sink in, they are saying that Trump was colluding with Russia to leak the truth about the Democratic primary to the American people. In other words, Russia sought to influence the election in Trump’s favor by revealing to the American people just how corrupt the Democratic Party really was. And Trump was helping reveal the truth, which is what they are now investigating. I know it’s confusing.

Now, we find out that President Obama’s administration was also working hard to uncover the Trump collusion with Russia so it could leak it to the media or WikiLeaks and therefore influence the election in the other direction. Trump accused Obama of doing so, so he is now accusing Obama of doing what Obama is accusing him of doing. The scary thing is it looks like they are all right.

Yes, everyone is right. Everyone was trying to influence the election in an illegal fashion, and they were all doing it by revealing facts about each of the candidates that are basically indisputable. So, they sought to cleverly lie by telling the truth. Are you still with me?

Perhaps it would have been a lot easier if either political party could have simply found a decent human being to run for President. But that was too much to ask.

The Government’s War on Fake News is a War on You

They are laying it on pretty thick.  In the wake of Donald Trump’s unlikely Presidential victory, the opposing party is pulling out all the stops to try to discredit his election win and explain it away.  Now, Common Sense Conspiracy is not a political site, and we have frequently explained our one-party two-party system theory about the American government.  However, in a case like this, it’s important for our readers to realize that while it looks like partisan politics playing out in a high stakes game, the loser and target is always you and I.  This situation is no exception.

The new battle cry against fake news seems like a turning point.  We all see the conservative and liberal versions of extremist news sources on our social media feeds and in our email.  It’s true that both sides are “liberal” with the facts, and in many cases, it is just spreading incorrect propaganda to forward an agenda.  However, when President Obama and company say they are going after “fake news” that is not what they mean.  Fake news to them is anything that directly takes on their narrative.  Fake news, according to the likes of Obama and Hillary Clinton, would be sites like this one.  Any site that doesn’t go along with their absurd official story and tries to inject facts into the equation will qualify as fake news in a heartbeat.

That’s what is so sinister about what they are doing here.  It’s calculated.  It may seem like it’s about Trump, or just sour grapes from sore losers of a hotly contested election.  But it’s just the beginning.  They will start by targeting the extreme news sources we referenced earlier, but soon, they will expand it out to include sites like this and any other site out there that is presenting a fact-based approach to their disinformation campaigns.

You have to look at what the other hand is doing.  It’s like a sleight-of-hand trick they are playing right in your face.  They make you think one thing, and it is a reasonable one that makes a lot of sense.  Meanwhile, the other hand is up to something much more sinister.  The only thing you can always count on in their schemes is that the loser is always going to be you.

Fake news is bad.  But the biggest proponent of fake news in America is the mainstream media.  That alone should prove that their intentions are less than honorable.

The Irony of the Government’s Russian Hacking Probe — Mad Cause You Did It Better Than Us?

The CIA and other government agencies are indicating that Russia was involved in some sort of cyberwarefare activities to influence the United States’ Presidential election last month. As a matter of fact, they have been saying that for a while. It just didn’t matter that much until Donald Trump shocked the world by defeating Hillary Clinton in the Electoral College. Now, it’s a big deal.
Let’s put this in perspective for a minute though. The government is accusing Russia of using hacking as a means to influence the outcome of the United States’ election, the same election that Russia hacked emails from the Democratic National Convention and then gave them to WikiLeaks who in turn released them to the public revealing that the United States had fixed the Democratic Primary. Get that?
It’s now common, factual knowledge that Bernie Sanders was never in the running for the Hillary Clinton’s spot as the Democratic nominee. The fix was in. He made a good showing publicly, but he never had any chance. They made sure of it. And the same powers were at work in the general election. The government is angry because it appears that Russia was better at fixing the general election than they were. Now they have an outsider in the Presidency. Bummer for the elites.
Another big question is why Russia would want Trump to be President in the first place? The emails that they hacked are great material to control a Hillary Clinton as President. What could possibly be the rationale for Putin and the Russian government wanting a hothead like Trump as their primary competition amongst world superpowers? It seems much more likely that Russia was preparing for a Hillary Clinton presidency, and now the hacking is just being used as a means for the government to explain how an outsider could have infiltrated their elite system.
Of course, this theory all hinges on the idea that you truly believe that Donald Trump is an outsider that has used the Republican Party as a gateway to the Presidency. What do you think? Is Trump in league with Russia? Was this all part of an elaborate plot to deny Hillary Clinton her lifetime achievement award? Are there more sinister intentions of the Trump/Russia partnership? Or is this all an attempt to undermine Trump’s unexpected, shocking win by questioning its legitimacy and convincing the American people that the election’s outcome was influenced by an old enemy?

After all, there’s just no way that Trump could have just won without some help, right?

WikiLeaks is Reason Enough for No Conspiracy Theorist to Ever Be Laughed At Again

Common Sense Conspiracy has been around for a while now, and many of our loyal readers know our message.  There is nothing that we hate more than the way the mainstream media, our government, and people that don’t know any better try to make it out that believing in conspiracy theorists is childish, paranoid, or foolish.  They’ve worked at this for years.  Anyone that questions the establishment, the way things are, and tries to insinuate that the official story that is being shoved down our collective throats might be false is ridiculed.  We’ve seen it time and time again, and it never fails to make us sick.

This year in the 2016 election, WikiLeaks ended this once and for all.  Yes, it should have ended with Edward Snowden, who came along and basically proved that all of the conspiracy theories about the government illegally watching your every move was absolutely true from the start.  There were others, but now, WikiLeaks has taken it to a whole new level.  After these revelations, there is absolutely no reason for conspiracy theorists to ever be ridiculed again.

Think about what we have found out.  Now, keep in mind the mainstream media has worked overtime trying to keep this story to a minimum, and a lot of its tactics revolved around unearthing more provocative stories about Donald Trump that would dominate the news cycle.  We’re not saying that Trump didn’t do these things.  That’s not what we are discussing here in this article.  What we are discussing is how the media uses Donald Trump’s latest atrocity of the week to cover up the absolutely damning revelations that WikiLeaks is pouring out day after day.

It’s sad.  Yes, these leaks are particularly damaging to the campaign of one Senator Hillary Clinton, but they are really damaging to our system of belief in our government in general.  Donald Trump has been lambasted for his refusal to pledge that he will accept the results of this election by the very people we now know 100% for certain rigged the primary against Bernie Sanders.   No one is angry about it.  No one is going to jail.   No on is even being investigated.  It has just been accepted.  Oh well.  They know best, right?

WikiLeaks has revealed that Hillary Clinton did most certainly know what she was doing with her infamous email server.  But more importantly, it has revealed numerous instances where the government has acknowledge in electronic transmissions huge transgressions against the American people, and from there, the world.  And the mainstream media is doing everything in its power to cover it up.  We even saw the words “shadow government” acknowledge and recognized in official documents.  Still, conspiracy theorists are fodder for laughs, when they have been proven to be, in many cases, right all along.

Here’s the thing, those of you that are reading that happen to be awake.  No matter how much the mainstream media, the government, and Hillary Clinton want to conceal WikiLeaks’ information, it is out there for anyone that wants to read to take it all in.  That’s the beauty of what this company has done.  They can try to soften the impact of it, and they can try to conceal it from those that are still asleep and refuse to pay attention to what is happening around them.  But for those that want to know, it’s there.  You can find it.  This is the one bright spot from all of this.  No matter how hard they try, the truth is coming out, a little at the time.  For that, at least, we can be thankful.