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Old 03-18-2017, 03:25 PM
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With all going on in the hacking world, NSA snooping etc.


http://www.techworld.com/security/be...-2016-3246550/

I currently use Opera browser, with VPN

How good VPN is I do not know,but surely better than nothing.

I do use duckduckgo search engine which does not track users.

Currently using comodo firewall free version.

I also have been looking into security for my wifi router.

Thought I would pass this on I read today from PC Mag.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409751,00.asp

The wifi security stuff sounds a little more involved.

Also VPN, Tor, Bittorrent, Firewalls are good things to learn about.

I am not advocating any reccommendations in the above link, as I have not tried/researched them yet.

Just trying to learn more about this stuff.

I am hoping there are members here who are much more knowledgeable, and can chime in with reccommendations.
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The info in this link would be of great use to you.

https://www.deepdotweb.com/jolly-rog...for-beginners/
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Just a heads up Opera was sold to the Chinese
https://techcrunch.com/2016/02/25/op...-our-decision/

This site does pretty good on VPN reviews
https://www.bestvpn.com/

For an email client I use Thunderbird with Enigmail
https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/
https://www.enigmail.net/index.php/en/

I use firefox for my browser with Ghostery, HTTPS Everywhere, & Random Agent Spoofer plugins & startpage as my search engine (duckduckgo is a good one as well)

Chrome is also not very private due to all the google add ins but Chromium is a different story and there are some that claim to be hardened but I haven't looked too much into them yet

In regards to TOR some exit nodes compromised and there are differing opinions on how serious it is but we do know the authorities are all over the darkweb & have been making busts (think silkroad) via malware & other means
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/a...oenaed-by-feds

Avoid Windows 10, it's a privacy nightmare
http://www.pcworld.com/article/29717...-by-piece.html

There are some options for more secure OS's (such as Linux) out there as well as Virtual Machines but not everything will run on Linux but there are usually alternatives

Depending on your router you could flash it with tomato, but be advised it can brick your router if not done properly
http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato

OpenDNS is another option
https://www.opendns.com/setupguide/

Encryption is your friend but there needs to be a balance between usability and security as well as getting others on board with security, which alot of folks do not seem all too interested in
http://immagic.com/eLibrary/ARCHIVES...E/C110515S.pdf
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Thanks, did not know opera was sold to chinese, that is an issue for me.

I kept ignoring windows 10 upgrade for months, but it loaded automatically
one day about 10 months ago upon booting, much to my suprise.

I am not happy with windows 10 at all,and has been a real pain since it loaded.

What options other than linux could you reccommend as a replacement.

Is Apache open office good?

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You could always go back to windows 7 or could try OS X, there are some guides on how to get OS X on a nonmac computer

I haven't tried Apache open office but libre office works good for what I do with office products

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Thanks, did not know opera was sold to chinese, that is an issue for me.

I kept ignoring windows 10 upgrade for months, but it loaded automatically
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I am not happy with windows 10 at all,and has been a real pain since it loaded.

What options other than linux could you reccommend as a replacement.

Is Apache open office good?
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You could always go back to windows 7 or could try OS X, there are some guides on how to get OS X on a nonmac computer

I haven't tried Apache open office but libre office works good for what I do with office products
Thanks,I looked around and saw the OS X option.

May be worth a shot.
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reality check... anything 'internet' or 'wifi' and 'security' used in the same sentence is something of an oxymoron now.

i'm sticking with my w7 pro and all updates turned off. no facebook or other social media at all. i try to keep a low profile on here with nothing too crazy to draw attention to my activities online.
same for wifi connection i'm forced to use for my internet. i could see my cell tower were it not for a few trees and it's about a 1/2 mile away. anyone trying to home in on this would have to come between me and the tower i think. not happening without me knowing about it.
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You actually can use Windows 10 (which on the whole functions with devices and hardware MUCH better than 7 does now) and be as secure as you'd need to be for most day to day things on the web. Leaving the Windows firewall turned on, as well as using a firewall on your router that dumps everything not port forwarded is a good start.

If You want to hide your IP while surfing, Expressvpn does a great job at filtering out DNS leak using their client, even using Windows 10. Offers very solid speeds and lots of connection locations as well. Basic use of incognito mode on Chrome along with a connection to a solid VPN should be enough for most people.

If you really need deep levels of anonymity, you're going to need to do far more. You're talking burner phones, pgp messages, tor running on tails, and more. Even then, you're likely to make a mistake and be traceable, especially to .gov (ours or someone else).

I currently use a combination of duckduckgo, vpn, pfsense, ubiquiti USG with deep packet inspection, and and PGP file and document signing for most of my network and general data security needs.
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I currently use Opera browser, with VPN

How good VPN is I do not know,but surely better than nothing.
It should be noted that its not a true VPN, but a proxy.

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016...ser-vpn-proxy/
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Use TOR, preferably on a Mac, and with a VPN. Lot of other good ideas in the sites mentioned above (and there are many others). I should add that unless you're fairly expert here, you can make a lot of mistakes or out think the simple and most accessible answers. So be sure that you have the basics right. Both the tech (above) and your behavior (downloads, clearing history, cookies, etc.).
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I dual boot windows ten and ubuntu. If you pay attention and know what to disable win ten isn't that bad. Although I must say I like have two different encryption types in a single hard drive. And even then I emulate kali Linux for all my pen test work anyway so the real risky stuff is all taken care of
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LINUX -TAILS, an d a few other linux
Snowden used linux T.e.n.s

https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=tens
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A free encryption program that works well.

https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/
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ok, call me crazy here but...
seems to me the more you try to hide/encrypt/keep private/etc.
the more they are going to want to try harder and dig deeper into your stuff to see what you're trying to hide.
just some of my old fart logic.
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ok, call me crazy here but...
seems to me the more you try to hide/encrypt/keep private/etc.
the more they are going to want to try harder and dig deeper into your stuff to see what you're trying to hide.
just some of my old fart logic.
There is truth to this.

Tor traffic sticks out like a sore thumb (even rumors of .gov spooks running exit nodes). Some ISPs don't appreciate that traffic. Most don't care.

It also depends on who you are trying to secure yourself from. Stopping the .gov from hacking you is almost impossible for the average person.

I spend most of my time increasing my security from garden variety threats and privacy violations.

It should be noted that free programs with solid encryption are still a viable defense. The .gov had to target specific phones to get past Signal.

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The fact that intelligence agencies like the CIA and NSA have to resort to targeting and compromising individual phones, in order to gain access to messages and other data protected by encrypted apps like Signal, is proof that the encryption in these apps actually works. “I feel like this is actually good news. Confirmation that e2e [end-to-end encryption] in WhatsApp [and Signal] has pushed intelligence agencies from a world of undetectable mass surveillance to a world where they have to use high-risk, expensive, targeted attacks,” Moxie Marlinspike, creator and developer of Signal and the encryption technology behind WhatsApp, said in a Slack chat.
https://www.deepdotweb.com/2017/03/2...hatsapp-users/
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The wifi security stuff sounds a little more involved.

Also VPN, Tor, Bittorrent, Firewalls are good things to learn about.
If you travel a lot, then yes, a VPN might come and handy
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Found this great resource that talks about VPNs. https://thebestvpn.com/what-is-vpn-beginners-guide/
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Thanks, did not know opera was sold to chinese, that is an issue for me.

I kept ignoring windows 10 upgrade for months, but it loaded automatically
one day about 10 months ago upon booting, much to my suprise.

I am not happy with windows 10 at all,and has been a real pain since it loaded.

What options other than linux could you reccommend as a replacement.

Is Apache open office good?
On the up side the Chinese aren’t going to share anything pertinent with US state or private intelligence if your in the USA
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On the up side the Chinese arenít going to share anything pertinent with US state or private intelligence if your in the USA
You explained it perfectly,the trade war has already begun.
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