Internet Communication OpSecIs Internet Communication OpSec important for a prepper? I think OpSec should be important for everyone in any part of their life, that they want to remain private, or that is just no one else's business! Here's a quote from a good movie: THE FIRST RULE OF FIGHT CLUB IS… YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB. -Fight Club Movie 1999 (link) Therefore we can extrapolate: THE FIRST RULE OF PREPPING IS… YOU DO NOT TALK ABOUT PREPPING.
What can we do?We've all seen the news and know that large corporations and government agencies are very interested in where we go, who we talk to and what we say. How can we combat this? The best bet is to shutdown our social media accounts, toss our cell phones in an active volcano, stop using the internet for anything, set up a fake identity and disappear off the grid to live as a hermit in a cave in some forgotten corner of the world. If that is too extreme, there are many things we can do to negate our exposure using tools to help us avoid this monitoring.
Browsing the InternetWe can use Browser extensions to block tracking cookies and websites that track us. Recommended Browser Extensions: Ghostery: An extension (add on) for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer and Safari web browsers that tracks over 1,400 trackers and gives you a roll-call of the ad networks, behavioral data providers, web publishers, and other companies interested in your activity. It also allows you to block the ones you are concerned about or ALL of the trackers and cookies. Block them ALL (you may have to disable it when visiting some sites). Download it from within your browser or here. Https Everywhere - HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox and Chrome extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. Do Not Track Plus Stop companies from tracking you Free tool that puts you back in control of your information Best available blocking stops more than 600 trackers Compatible with Mac or PC for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer Automatically updates to catch new trackers Disconnect - Advertisers and other third parties track, clutter, and slow down your web browsing. Disconnect makes the web your business not theirs. It is highly recommended that you use use some form of browser privacy plugin/extension, like Ghostery or Disconnect. We are against web tracking, and Facebook, Google, Twitter, Digg and Yahoo are the big players in the tracking game. It's how they make their money, then they give that data to the government agencies to profile you. These are the big boys that these extensions protect you from.
VPN ServicesA virtual private network (VPN) is a encrypted tunnel across a public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the Internet, to provide individuals with secure access to resources. Based on things I've read, this may no longer be 100% safe, due to advances in decryption. Use a VPN service, like EarthVPN, that does NOT keep logs of user activity. There are many out there for for a small annual fee.
TOR and TAILSUse Tor when you browse the Internet (or any sites you want to remain private): What is Tor? Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis Tails bootable live CD (OS on a CD or DVD ROM). Boot your computer off the TAILS disc and take advantage of TOR and some good browser security tools! Even if a site tries to infect your with malware or track you, when you reboot, all that junk is gone!
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