Dark Side of the Prism – A Firefox addon to warn you if you visit a PRISM website

The National Security Agency (NIA) is reported to be accessing servers of some tech giants like Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook, Google, Apple and others at their consent. The access is reportedly a part of surveillance program codenamed, PRISM where the US government officials are collecting material pertaining to every internet user’s activity including his search history, the content of emails, file transfers, live chats, etc. This activity is referred as ‘DATA MINING’ and considered as ‘Illegal’ since laws on privacy as guaranteed by free Internet world cannot be violated by any surveillance programs launched by any government agency.

While many have denied involvement, the fact remains that all this has raised the concerns of people. Having said that suspicion remains that they could still be passing on user data.  So, how can one check this and be assured that the website he is visiting is free and out of reach by any surveillance program? There is also a website Opt out of PRISM, that recommends alternative software & services which users may want to consider. A new Firefox add-on called ‘Dark side of the Prism’ too has just been released to let you know about it.

Dark side of the Prism – Firefox addon will play a song & warn you if you visit a PRISM website

The description of the ‘Dark Side of the Prism’ add-on reads as

A Firefox Add-on that provides a soundtrack for our surveilled internet meanderings.

Dark Side of the Prism” uses Pink Floyd’s aural prism (Dark Side of the Moon) as a playlist to the NSA’s tracking efforts, serving as an auditory reminder of how our online activities are monitored. To install it, all you have to do is visit the Firefox Add-on page and hit the ‘Add to Firefox’ button.

Add to firefox

Then, wait for the installation process to complete. Once done, you get a confirmation message that the add-on has successfully been added to your browser.

Firefox add on installed

Thereafter, whenever you visit a website being monitored by Prism, the music begins to play and a dark-colored prim box is displayed in the upper right-hand corner of your computer screen, hinting you the website is under surveillance and your activity is being monitored.

dark side of the prism

During my test, the add-on played the song for the websites like,

  • Microsoft.com

Microsoft under prism

  • Facebook

Facebook under Prism

  • YouTube

Prism logo

Do share your experience, if you decide to try out this add-on.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.

6 Comments

  1. Scott Elsdon

    have a listen to the latest Security Now podcastr, Steve has a pretty good guess as to how prisim has been implemetned.

  2. tiotaco

    Dark side not listed by Firefox yet.

  3. Ed

    Just installed the addon for firefox, not only does it flag certain websites, it also flags adds too.
    I can see this getting pretty annoying, not that I do not mind listening to Pink Floyd but if this app is going to flag just about every flash add or banner that is displayed on a webpage, we are all in for a bunch of trouble because prism would be tracking a whole lot more than just websites.

  4. Ed

    FYI – It flags all the adds running on all the pages of The Windows Club.

  5. Ed

    Use this add on in conjunction with the “Do Not Track Me” add on for Firefox and Dark Side Of The Prism will not go nuts on every site you visit, it will just sound on the main sites that Prism is currently monitoring.

  6. Not so crash hot this add-on It plays music all the time lots of users are very cranky me included, how does it look like in the Addons as I see no way of removing it

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