Disinformation (Updated)

Disinformation (Updated)

Based on my experience, many of you will be successful at removing most, if not all of your personal information from the Internet.  You will need patience, due diligence, and a willingness to learn how “the system” works and the many methods that are available to keep your information hidden from public sources.  By changing your habits you can keep your personal details hidden and enjoy being invisible with a much higher level of security and protection from data breaches…

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The Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights

The Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights

Recently I was contacted a by law enforcement officer seeking help.  His concern was that his administration insists on taking and posting photos of him and fellow officers to use on their department’s social media sites without first asking permission from the employees.  Unfortunately, this is becoming more and more common as police agencies across the country attempt to connect with the community via social media.  Many officers embrace this change in culture and willingly offer their photos for this…

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COMSEC – Released!

COMSEC – Released!

I have a brand new book that was just released.  It is co-written with Justin Carroll and is a comprehensive look at communications security measures (COMSEC).  Here is a explanation from the back cover… The most prolific, comprehensive, and intrusive mass surveillance device ever designed by man is the cellular phone you carry with you everywhere you go. This device tracks and collects a staggering amount of personal information. That valuable data is sold and stored indefinitely by an equally…

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Information Removal: A Strategic Approach

Information Removal: A Strategic Approach

INTRODUCTION: When a person starts out on the quest to remove as much personal information about themselves that they find online, the effort usually begins with a “shotgun approach”. You begin searching Google to identify links to websites that display your information. Hopefully you’ll also search Bing and other search engines in the same manner, and use targeted search techniques and operators to pinpoint your information quickly. I have previously discussed many useful techniques for pinpointing your searches and saving…

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Review: The Stranger In The Woods

Review: The Stranger In The Woods

“How many things there are that I do not want”. – Socrates, Circa 425 B.C. “When you enjoy solitude, you are never alone”. – Christopher Knight   I recently returned from one of several road trips I take each year. Vacations are important to me to maintain sanity and return refreshed and refocused on life’s priorities. Each trip is always an “off the grid vacation”, where I do my best to not leave a digital trail of where I have…

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Database Breach

Database Breach

The Impact of a Database Breach – L.E. Edition Part 1 As a law enforcement officer, any piece of your personal information, when in malicious hands, can be considered a serious threat. Once a hacker obtains a single piece of personally identifiable information (PII), they will apply various techniques that will allow them to obtain more. For example, lets say that your email has been hacked. This is completely harmless because it is “just your email address” right? Wrong. In…

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MySudo – Update!

MySudo – Update!

The blog has been neglected recently, I know. Thanks for all your emails and enthusiasm about staying informed on all things privacy! The past few months have kept me busy, teaching for private organizations, working with clients, and even writing a book. Every day is a new opportunity to learn more and to share more about these important topics and from morning to night I am staying on top of it all in addition to my day job. In this…

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Self-Stalking

Self-Stalking

Those of us who are dedicated to removing our personal information from the Internet know that this effort is a constant battle. Experts in this field estimate that there are hundreds of relevant people search engines alone, and when you include the smaller sites that seem to pop up each week, the numbers could be in the thousands. Public records like property tax information, marriage licenses, and vehicle information are collected by the largest data brokers on each of us….

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MAT: Metadata Anonymisation Toolkit

MAT: Metadata Anonymisation Toolkit

How to remove file metadata for your privacy on Linux. In a previous article, I discussed how metadata embedded in images can jeopardize your privacy and reveal personal information about you. Care should be taken when sharing and posting photos, and the same can be said about the documents you share with others. A typical data file often has associated “metadata” which is descriptive information about the file such as the creator’s name, tools used to generate the file, file…

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“Verify” your contacts

“Verify” your contacts

The majority of people I communicate with are using either Signal or Wire as their preferred method of communication.  Both offer extremely secure, end-to-end encrypted communications and I have reviewed those services in previous posts about my communications strategy.  Many of you have adopted a similar strategy for yourselves and I applaud your efforts to make all your communications more private and secure. Recently, I decided to “verify” all of my contacts that use either Signal or Wire.  Both services…

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