braketheboxes wrote

One thing that would help would be to dress different each time. Get some wigs or other disguises. Plan an escape route and don't carry any ID with you. Use their biases against them for example wear a suit or come in at a busy time when people are getting off work or going to work. Or have a friend come in and look sketchy but not do anything so the guards are watching them while you go do your thing.

You could even recon the buildings to get to know the guard shifts. Some places only have security guards on later on in the day or the evening.

One thing you could try is to make a faraday pouch in your bag. It should if I understand correctly block the alarms from being triggered so you could stock up and waltz out the front door. If anyone has tried this or knows please feel free to correct me.


braketheboxes wrote (edited )

My bad, I had phone apps in mind when I wrote the comment where as I tend to think primarily of IRC with Matrix. A Matrix client with OLM support would be perfectly fine also.


braketheboxes wrote (edited )

I would say informed, weary, cautious and a little paranoid. Complacency is the biggest enemy when it comes to opsec.

The grugq on operational security

It is a fact that corporations have dossiers on a large number of the people on the planet. Facebook and google being the two largest.

Then we have the "intelligence agencies" who have tapped the backbone cables of the internet that run underseas and also hacked the phone networks.

So we know we are being watched all the time.

Press freedom is gradually becoming less free

The media is many countries also seems to be concentrated in the hands of a few.

The same for the wealth in the hands of a few people or corporations.

Their is a trend of increased militarism of the police with the technology tested and perfected in the "3rd world" being used on citizens in the rest of the world also.

I have seen first hand the police harassing and intimidating peaceful protesters and politicians on the left. They are there to protect those in power

The more revenge terror attacks that happen in the west the more "freedoms" will be curtailed. The shift to a cashless society too will make things even harder as it forces one to depend on the capitalist system. Speak out and we disable your card and you can't buy food. You can't buy a "subversive" book because your card will be disabled. China is doing this type of thing today with their social credit system.

You see people who can't wait to get rid of cash because of the inconvenience. If you don't want to carry lots of change then give it to a homeless person and make a positive change to their day and yours. This is why bitcoin and similar initiatives are so important as they offer a way to not depend on their system.

I feel like a frog in the boiling pot except a large number of frogs seem to be oblivious to the gradual increase in temperature.


braketheboxes wrote (edited )

I meant safer as in I don't have to be paranoid about FB violating my privacy

That ship sailed a long long long time ago

Facebook have a record of every IP and device you have ever connected from. Not only that they will have analytics on user usage patterns. So an algorithm will be able to link you based on things like what days you use it, what times of the day, what pages you visit, where your mouse is on screen, your typing speed and lots more. Add browser fingerprinting to this with hardware fingerprinting such as canvas API readouts to narrow down your GPU.

We have not even touched the social aspect, if you contact the same people on different accounts your easy to identify.

Facebook should be treated like an intelligence agency because they have a file on nearly everyone on the planet.

Even if you don't have a profile all it takes is one friend to have the app on their phone and now facebook has your name, number and email address.

Facebook's strength is the network effect and apathy. If you leave you are no longer giving them new data and you reduce the network effect by 1. Others may leave because you do.

Ultimately at the very least research it so you have no excuse to say "I didn't know".

if you insist on using facebook, use tails and only use the facebook onion site https://www.facebookcorewwwi.onion/?_fb_noscript=1 and you must make a new account and not use the same usage patterns or talk to the same people otherwise they will link the profile through your social graph.


braketheboxes wrote

While this will benefit a small few. I feel its too little too late with this move considering what has been known in privacy circles for a long time. What about all the other corporations such as google ?.

It seems more like a PR move than anything else since they already had "containers" developed and in use for a while, so it appears they are only adding a facebook named container profile.

I'd like to see Tor integration in private browsing mode by default and integrated anti fingerprinting measures.