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Month: September 2016

Address Protection (PT 2)

Address Protection (PT 2)

In PART 1 of this series on Address Protection we discussed the importance of separating your real name from your physical address.  We also touched on mail control methods and ways to deal with previous addresses found in search results.  Take the time to review PART 1 and follow the links that were provided to assist with this vital area for privacy. Managing your identity and safeguarding your personal information is about control.  Removing or manipulating information about you in…

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Removal Letters

Removal Letters

Many people search websites and data brokers offer a convenient online method to opt-out of having your personal information displayed on their site.  Usually this is a form which can be completed by providing only an email address for verification purposes.  You will need to click a verification link sent to your email for the removal to be processed.  I recommend using a disposable email (Mailinator) or an alias email address (33Mail) that you created just for this purpose when…

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Compartmentalization

Compartmentalization

Compartmentalization is the limiting of access to information to persons or other entities who need to know it in order to perform certain tasks.  The concept originated in the handling of classified information in military and intelligence applications.  The basis for compartmentalization is the idea that, if fewer people know the details of a mission or task, the risk or likelihood that such information will be compromised or fall into the hands of the opposition is decreased. For our purposes,…

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Privacy Workflow

Privacy Workflow

Those of us who have chosen to safeguard our privacy and take digital security to another level know that it requires changing our habits and being more situationally aware.  This awareness extends from the digital world and into the physical world as well.  Operational security is a constant assessment of your threat model, and can be quite challenging and also fun.  While this blog focuses mainly on the “digital” aspects of protecting our personal information,  a person who is learning…

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Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. They work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. EFF is a donor-funded US 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that depends on your support to continue fighting for users.  Please support their efforts.  Donations &…

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Email Privacy

Email Privacy

Email in general is not a secure method of communicating.  Free email accounts are free to use because you are the product.  Your personal information, contacts, the contents of your messages, and the meta data associated with your communications are very valuable to companies who monetize that data.  All of the major free email providers fall into this category, like Google, Yahoo, Facebook, etc.  When signing up for these free services you agree to their Terms Of Service, which disclose…

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