The mandatory data retention for everyone in Australia began on October 13. There are probably many looking to avoid the constant scrutiny of every action and retention of private information by Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

Senator Scott Ludlam was against data retention and had shared a guide covering how to get around it.

Here are a few tips and tricks and avoid constantly being under the spying eye of the government:

1.Voice Calls

Directly placing a call from the smartphone reveals time of call, duration, number of people spoken to and the caller’s location. Instead opt for calling apps such as Skype, Facetime Audio, Facebook Messenger and more either over Wi-Fi or Virtual Private Network (VPN), to avoid most of those details being recorded.

2. Text Message

The same applies for text messaging; users can opt for iMessage, Skype or Facebook Messsenger.

3. Online Browsing

Users should opt for browsing the web when they are connected to VPN to ensure that their activity “can’t be associated with a location by your ISP.”

4. Set up a VPN

“When you connect your computer (or phone or tablet) to a VPN, the device acts as if it’s on the same local network as the VPN. All of your network data traffic is sent over a secure connection to the VPN,” as shared by Ludlam in the guide to stop the retention of data.

Head here to view more information on VPN.

5. Strong Passwords

According to a report on New Matilda, Ludlam said, “Start with really basic data hygiene things like choosing strong passwords and don’t use the same password for every single service.”

Users should definitely follow this basic rule, in any case, to keep their information protected.

6. Educate yourself

There are a number of resources out there to tackle mass-surveillance, as noted by New Matilda. Ludlam recommends the Electronic Frontiers Foundation’s guide as well as

7. Public Wi-Fi hotspots

According to report on Get Up, Public Wi-Fi hotspots do not fall under the data retention policy – something to be aware about! So any activity over public Wi-Fi may not be recorded.

8. Use Tor Software

Tor Software ensures anonymity while web browsing, giving uses the additional blanket of security.

So, users can go right ahead and implement the actions in order to escape the eye.

Malcolm Turnbull also shared that employing third party messaging and calling services can help avoid detection, according to The Guardian.