Your privacy is under attack.

Governments around the world have responded to the Sept 11 attacks by passing sweeping new laws restricting the freedom and privacy of regular civilians.

Throughout the USA, machines called DCS-1000 (previously known as Carnivore) are being installed on the premises of Internet Service Providers. These machines can be arbitrarily programmed to monitor your internet activity, including email, your web browsing activity and your online chatting.

In the UK, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIP) gives government agencies unlimited power to monitor all online communications of British residents. Anyone can be compelled to hand over the encryption keys of your private communications - if they warn you that you're being monitored, they can be jailed for five years.

In many other countries, governments are rushing in similar draconian privacy-invading laws.

In many cases, these laws permit government agents to hack into your PC, and plant surveillance software. So if you have opinions that don't quite fit the party line, you can expect a lot of people to be party to your private communication.

The stupid irony of all this is that George W Bush denounced the Sept 11 incidents as an 'attack on freedom'. Yet he and his puppets throughout the western world are now restricting your freedom in ways the Taliban could never do. What is even more stupid is that terrorists tend to be too disciplined to reveal vital intelligence over the Internet. If they use the Internet to communicate, they typically use 'loaded' words or phrases which don't look unusual, but carry a pre-agreed special meaning.

I have written PSST to give ordinary civilians a tool for defending their privacy. It's not meant to replace email, but it is a very usable and very private alternative to 'chat' programs like IRC, ICQ etc.

With the upcoming release of PSST II, you'll enjoy a level of privacy you've never known before. Add to this PSST II's new voice chat feature, and you'll also be enjoying free private phone calls anywhere in the world.