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Month: August 2016

Anonymous Purchases

Anonymous Purchases

The normal process of making a purchase for goods and services reveals a lot of data.  Merchants collect names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and anything else they can get you to provide for their marketing purposes and for building a profile on you.  They also have your credit or debit card information that links to a financial institution.  Your bank has a record of everyone you do business with as well.  Think about everywhere you use your credit cards,…

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30 Minutes With Michelle

30 Minutes With Michelle

A friend of mine contacted me recently with questions about an investigation she was working on.  We discussed many topics during our conversation, including online investigations and how a savvy investigator can connect the dots between seemingly small pieces of information in order to find more significant pieces of the puzzle.  The puzzle in this case was putting together a profile of factual information about the subject of her investigation.  Whenever someone wants to discuss open source intelligence gathering, or…

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Address Protection (PT 1)

Address Protection (PT 1)

Protecting You Home Address Separating your real name from your home address is extremely important.  Home is where you and your family can be located, and anyone who Google’s your name may be able to find you easily.  Most people’s home address can be found on over 40 different websites within a minute.  This represents a safety concern for many people, especially those with a higher threat model like law enforcement, military personnel, or victims of violent crimes.  Determine your…

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Social Media Alerts

Social Media Alerts

Social Media Social Media is a gold mine of information for anyone or any company looking to find information about you.  Delete your social media accounts and never use them again.  I know, easier said than done, right?  Well, evaluating your presence on social media is a critical component of hiding from the Internet.  Serious privacy advocates will shun social media like the plague.  I believe the single biggest step you can take in the next five minutes toward a…

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Become A Student Of The Game

Become A Student Of The Game

If you have decided that hiding from the Internet, or your physical and digital security are important to you, then you need to begin making decisions that support those goals.  Not every method or technique is appropriate for everyone and you need to assess your threat model to determine what conveniences you are willing to compromise on to achieve a greater level of security.  As I have said before, there is not one solution that is appropriate for everyone.  Choose…

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Telling Lies

Telling Lies

In general, people are pretty good at telling lies.  People lie to their significant others, their bosses, their co-workers, and friends.  They even lie to the authorities.  Lying comes naturally for most people, especially when the lie will help protect them from a perceived negative consequence.  I am not a psychologist, but after spending many years on this planet, I believe this statement is true.  With all this deception going on though, telling a believable lie or one that is…

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Open Source Intelligence

Open Source Intelligence

There are many ways to collect intelligence.  This post will briefly discuss Open Source Intelligence because it is particularly important to understand this discipline when we are talking about protecting our personal information.  But first, let’s take a look at an excerpt from the FBI’s website which describes various intelligence collection disciplines and their meanings. Intelligence Collection Disciplines (INTs) Various kinds of intelligence—military, political, economic, social, environmental, health, and cultural—provide important information for policy decisions.  Many people view intelligence as…

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Nuwber Removal

Nuwber Removal

Nuwber is a people search engine that organizes White Pages listings, Public Records and Social Network Information to help you safely find & learn about people. Nuwber is a leading Data-as-a-Service (“DaaS”) provider for consumers and businesses seeking detailed insights on people, places and things. The Company is one of the largest owners of public records data. including information on virtually every adult, and has unique access to other commercial data sources. This proprietary data ownership and access powers Nuwber’s…

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‘I’ve Got Nothing To Hide’

‘I’ve Got Nothing To Hide’

‘I’ve Got Nothing to Hide’ and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy by Daniel J. Solove In this short essay, written for a symposium in the San Diego Law Review, Professor Daniel Solove examines the nothing to hide argument. When asked about government surveillance and data mining, many people respond by declaring: “I’ve got nothing to hide.” According to the nothing to hide argument, there is no threat to privacy unless the government uncovers unlawful activity, in which case a person has…

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