Covering your Internet tracks

The ‘Covering your Internet tracks’ post was written by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) (updated December 2017) and is aimed at people that find themselves in need of greater security, privacy and anonymity (SPA) for their electronic communications.

The CEMB article suggests a host of tools to increase SPA including use of Signal private messenger from Signal.  PCMag UK (November 2015) reviews the Signal Android app rating it ‘Excellent’:

“Signal is the easiest way to send encrypted messages on Android. It’s a complete replacement for your existing SMS app letting you send unencrypted messages to non-Signal users, and even make encrypted VoIP calls. It’s the best secure messaging app we’ve tested.”

PCMag UK says:

“There are few apps that can claim an endorsement from Edward Snowden, but Signal Private Messenger is one of them.” Praise indeed!

Another tool recommended by CEMB is Orbot about which PCMag UK says in their roundup of 100 best Android apps of 2018:

“Tor is probably more famous for providing access to the so-called Dark Web, but it also provides a useful way to connect to the internet while keeping your movements private.  Working with a special browser, Orbot connects you to Tor within seconds.”

CEMB talk about Keepass password manager which PCMag UK in June 2016 rates as ‘Good’.

Personally, I use Dashlane for secure passwords. Dashlane was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by PCMag UK in November 2017.  Dashlane requires at least eight characters, including at least one digit, one lowercase letter, and one uppercase letter.

SPA Summary by CEMB

“On mobile devices, secure communication is of the utmost importance. Install the free open-source application SIGNAL on your smartphone. There is also a version of Signal available for desktop computers. Phone encryption and periodic clearance of search and location histories are advised. Set a strong passphrase and the remote lock, locate and erase feature.

On computers, many tools can be installed but some websites like OTR can be accessed by any modern browser. Check your browser’s privacy and security settings and schedule it to clear your entire cache and history (especially when your browser is closed) periodically. Limit your cached web content to 0MB and enable tracking protection. Ensure you sign up to a DIME-compliant email service. Updating your DNS / Router settings is highly recommended. Harden your social media privacy settings (SECURE FACEBOOK or FACEBOOK PRIVACY) by placing your associates in distinct groups and setting their permissions accordingly, or better yet try to keep your presence on social media to a minimum. Remember to log out of every site you have logged into when you are done. Be aware that an increasing quantity of your personal information, contacts, views, habits and locations can be scraped from your online presence and sold to third parties. If this point is of particular concern, consider using MASTODON.

Hopefully the information detailed here will help you cover your internet tracks more effectively and assure your personal safety.”

References

Link to CEMB article. Accessed 7th January 2018.

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