an NGO defending the
freedom of information
You should truly care. The NYT has been the target of "maybe chinese" hackers towards the end of 2012. If the Gray Lady and her 1200 journalists couldn't protect herself, how can you?
The most destructive virus sits between the keyboard and the chair
Avoid prying eyes
- Don't sit with your back to the window
- Use screen protection filters
- Never leave your computer or device far from sight
- Don't clik on a suspicious link. Define suspicious
- Update your (open source) OS and other (free and open source) softwares
- Use an antivirus, ClamXav, ClamTk, Avast, MSE, Mc Afee , Norton with updated definitions
- Set up and activate your Firewall
- Lock your session
- Encrypt your disk, flash drive, or any data in the cloud using VeraCrypt, Filevault on Mac, BitLocker, or PGP
Forget about password. Use Passphrases.
Traces left on your computer
There are many traces left on your computer: browsing history, cookies, stored passwords, file history, chat logs, emails, apps history, etc.
- Use private browsing (it's not an ultimate solution though)
- Check your privacy options
- Secure delete your files, using eraser
- Sometimes your files can talk for you. Check them.
- Even better: use a live OS such as Tails
I can read your email
To avoid interception, use
- https: encrypts your web browsing when available on the visited website
- Tor bundle: anonymise your web browsing. Anonymisation is NOT encryption
- VPN: encrypts every network connection coming from your device
A smartphone is a computer. Everything already mentionned is also true for a
spyphone smartphone. Use a dumbphone instead. Or have a look at the Guardian Project apps, Signal
, Wickr or Wire
Device in standby mode
A lot of softwares can turn a cellphone into a microphone bug. However, it has to be installed on the cellphone.
The battery is still providing power to the cell phone. With the help of the telephone operator, who can access the Application Protocol Data Unit (packets sent to the SIM card), it can still be activated.
No battery, no power, no signal, no spying.
In my fridge ← Snowden