Hello everyone. I have multiple questions concerning about the NSA and Apple products. First of all; The Mac I have is a 15' Retina MacBook Pro mid 2012 with Mavericks on it. It has the Intel HD 4000 GPU with Nvidia GeForce 650m. Mine has 512 GB storage and has 8 GB of ram in it. The CPU is an Intel Core I7 2.6 Ghz. Secondly, what I done so far: 1. Disabled EVERYTHING from ScreenSharing to Printer Sharing in the System Preferences menu. 2. Removed any iCloud accounts in it. 3. Turned on the Firewall with Stealth-mode on. 4. Enabled Encryption 5. Switched to open-source software. 6. Considering using VPN and internet encryption. I do understand that it won't protect me completely, but I'm only concerned with my own computer. Thirdly, the questions I have: 1. Can the NSA really remotely watch on your Mac? Like for example, lets say I open Microsoft Word and type "Hello World!". Can the NSA really see you do something like that as if you were using screen-sharing? And what can I do about it? 2. How can I protect myself from backdoors, rootkits, spyware and keyloggers on my Mac? Does the NSA even use those kinds of malware techniques to accomplish that? 3. Is there a way to make my Mac's partition read-only? Is there a way to protect the kernel from being maliciously modified? 4. Is there a firewall with HIPS for Mavericks? 5. What else would I need to do so that nothing compromises the kernel on Mavericks? Or, will I need to abandon Mavericks completely and simply install Linux? Questions related to hardware: 1. Is there any hardware on my Mac that can be modified safely so that the NSA can't remotely control it? 2. How can I disable Intel's vPro on my Mac? 3. Does anyone know of an open source firmware replacement for my iSight's camera? 4. Does the Retina MacBook Pro emit radio signals that makes it possible for hackers to watch on me? How can I stop that? 5. Is the hardware on my Mac exploitable? Can I protect it physically and internally from exploits? 6. Is setting your firmware's password enough to protect you? 7. What would the NSA really need to do to hack into your hardware? 8. Has there been any reports of the NSA hacking into MacBooks and other computers? Or is that accomplished only by software? 9. Does the NSA have to first hack into Mavericks, then hack into the hardware? 10. What else can I do to protect the hardware on my rMBP from privacy exploits? And misc. questions. 1. Is there any other operating systems that can give you total privacy? 2. Why would the NSA hack into Macs (supposing they did) into owners that did nothing wrong? Isn't it illegal to hack into someone else's property? 3. Is Apple hiding something about MacBook Pro hardware and the NSA? 4. Is our government too corrupt to do anything about it? 5. If there isn't anything I can do to protect my MacBook Pro Retina from the NSA, will I have to finally say good-bye to my rMBP and use a non-proprietary laptop with Linux? 6. Why do people keep making rumors about other things the NSA do? That only adds more fear to my own personal safety. 7. What else can I do to protect myself from the NSA and other hackers physically and internally? Sorry if there are a lot of questions, but I feel its worth asking because I'm starting to get concerned that the government is getting too paranoid about terrorists and that the government will start doing wrong things. Any help and answers to my questions will gladly be appreciated. Thanks.