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PRIVACYTOOLS.IO

PRIVACYTOOLS.IO

Privacytools.io continues to be one of my go-to places to research the latest tools and alternative resources to incorporate into my daily work flow. Whenever I consider if there may be a more private or secure way of doing something on my computer or with the software choices I am currently using, I will check privacytools.io for recommendations and insight. The website is very well organized, informative, and updated frequently with reviews and alternative solutions to explore. The website has…

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NCOPD Podcast Interview

NCOPD Podcast Interview

Episode 9: Learning to “Hide from the Internet” Recently I sat down with Jordan Smith from NCOPD, a podcast dedicated to military leadership and self development. We discussed digital security considerations in military and civilian communications.  Listen to my ramblings on these topics and check out the show notes below.  Thanks Jordan for the discussion and here’s to a great new year for you and your listeners! Privacy Tools Recommendations: MySudo | Wire | Signal | KeepPassXC | MiniKeePass |…

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Removals That Require More Effort

Removals That Require More Effort

 Many of my readers are law enforcement employees who put a lot of effort into removing personal information from online search results. I find that some people who spend a lot of time with this effort often will skip contacting some of the larger data brokers or investigative databases to also request removal. Suppressing your information from these larger data bases is often only available for qualified individuals like law enforcement, judges, public officials to name a few. Civilians who…

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iPod Story From The Trenches

iPod Story From The Trenches

The pursuit of hardening your operational security, removing and obfuscating your personal information, and employing tactics to enhance your privacy is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time, careful planning, patience, an adventurous spirit, and a willingness to learn new skills. Some dabble a bit with their new found enthusiasm for these topics, and others commit to considerable lifestyle changes for the long haul.  I am always impressed and humbled when people I have met decide to make changes…

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Expanding The Circle Of Trust

Expanding The Circle Of Trust

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart” -Marcus Aurelius This past week I finished up my final training trip for 2018. It was a busy year to say the least and I am so thankful for all of the opportunities I had to circumnavigate the country and share information that I am passionate about with so many of you. In addition to…

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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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