Security Culture Primer

  1. You should not trust people you meet on this platform.

  2. Don't trust in the administrators or long-time users, either.

  3. Just because a user is part of the community, doesn't mean you know them

  4. Don't share personally identifying or vulnerable information

  5. Clean EXIF data from your pictures before uploading

  6. Use Tor Browser Bundle or TAILS

  7. Use a secure operating system

  8. Use a private DNS server

  9. Consider using a free software router

You should not trust people you meet on this platform.

The internet is not a real-life organizing context. There is much less ability to vett other people for trust, therefore there is less ability to trust. Ideally, you should speak and act without giving any sensitive information to others, whether in DMs or in the chat rooms affiliated with the site's community, or on the forum itself. If you wouldn't write something on a postcard that goes through the mail and is photographed by the postal clerk next to your name and address, you should think twice and carefully before posting or sending something like that on Raddle.

Don't trust in the administrators or long-time users, either.

You should use technology to ensure your digital safety. While Raddle doesn't track or log, its publicly available front face can always be (and is) monitored by Law Enforcement of various jurisdictions, as well as Loss Prevention (anti-theft private cops), and moreover the servers can always get hacked and pwned. You also don't know if the admins are telling you the truth, there's no real way for the casual user to verify this, so assume it's not true just like with any other platform.

Just because a user is part of the community, doesn't mean you know them

Some users will try to approach you. Be aware that while this can be pleasant, you should keep the same standard of security culture with all users, because no real trust can be established around sharing vulnerable information.

Don't share personally identifying or vulnerable information

Don't allow your location, communities, friends, favorite places, characteristics, details of appearance, etc be revealed through your posts or DMs. If you are concerned about your account being linked to you in any way, which you should be, do not post things on it that you would not stand by if called to account for them. If you do, do so because you considered the risk and decided to proceed anyway, rather than due to not considering this possibility.

Clean EXIF data from your pictures before uploading

This metadata contains information that specifically ties a photo to when and where it was created. An easy way to do this is to use an image editing software like GIMP to overwrite a JPG or PNG file. Choose and tick the boxes to not preserve the EXIF or other metadata, when the dialog boxes open.

Use Tor Browser Bundle or TAILS

This easy-to-use software allows you to protect your anonymity while online. torproject.org

Use a secure operating system

Stop using Windows or MacOS! Stop using your phone for radical community interactions! Use a flavor of free software like BSD or Linux, and harden it for security.

Use a private DNS server

Using an automatically configured DNS server can have the drawback of making your internet history totally visible to a random company. Find and use private DNS servers, potentially as part of a VPN service, which is based outside of countries you live in or are allied to the country you live in, and has earned the long term trust of the user base. DO not rely on VPN/DNS proxies for your whole security, only consider using them as one part of a bigger strategy.

Consider using a free software router

openwrt or DDwrt, as well as other projects, offer free and open source alternatives for your router firmware. You can even set them up to run a VPN server of their own, or proxy through a public VPN server, as well as randomizing the MAC addresses and tightening security on the router's firmware. It can be very handy to have. Not securing your router, can lead to increased risk of surveillance and doxxing.