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Alias Amazon Account

Alias Amazon Account

Early on when I committed to making all of my purchases anonymously, one of the big hurdles I had to figure out was how to order from Amazon.  Privacy seekers routinely face this same challenge because so much of the shopping people do nowadays is through Amazon. One day I hope to move away from using Amazon entirely, but until that day comes I will need to utilize an account, make payments, and receive shipments as anonymously as possible and…

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CREDIT FREEZE UPDATE

CREDIT FREEZE UPDATE

One of the single most important steps a person can take to protect their identity, credit, and personal information from being stolen is to place a credit freeze on their profile with the four major credit bureaus.  It has been said that every U.S. citizen should have a credit freeze in place, including minor children.  A credit freeze is easy to put in place, and easy to manage.  It prevents anyone (including yourself) from opening up new lines of credit…

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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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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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Privacy Milestones 2017

Privacy Milestones 2017

Last year at this time (2016), I wrote about my Privacy Resolutions for the upcoming year and some goals that I hoped to accomplish in the pursuit of better personal OPSEC.  I encouraged others to reflect and identify new areas to focus on that could improve their stance on privacy over the next 12 months. Some of the areas I chose to focus on this past year included re-reading and studying “the basics”, many of which are outlined in The…

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