Privacy When Using the Internet
http://edu-observatory.org/olli/Privacy/index.html



SMART DEVICES ARE SPYING ON YOU EVERYWHERE, AND THAT'S A 
PROBLEM
  https://www.sciencealert.com/the-internet-of-things-is-probably-violating-your-privacy-here-s-how

HOW YOU ARE CONTINUOUSLY TRACKED VIA CELLULAR PHONES
   
  Any turned on cellular phone continuously reports its
    o EID (Embedded Identity Document) unique to eSIM card, or
    o ICCID (Integrated Circuit Card Identifier) unique to a 
      physical SIM card, and
    o IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) 
      unique to physical device,
    o and more.  


"It's Worse Than We Thought" | Edward Snowden  (11+ min)
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGzikHRumSY


YOUR BROWSER (AND IP ADDRESS) CAN IDENTIFY YOU

  Every device that connects to the internet, whether at home
  or out and about, has an unique IP (Internet Protocol)
  address. That address is known by your ISP (Internet Service
  Provider) at home, your Cellular Carrier, or the providers
  of Wi-Fi networks you connect to in public.  
  
  See what your browser reveals every time you connect to a 
  website. 
    https://centralops.net/asp/co/BrowserMirror.vbs.asp
  Browser Fingerprinting
    https://coveryourtracks.eff.org/learn
  
  
GIVING AWAY INFORMATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

  You give away a tremendous amount of information about your
  location, activities and life. We are addicted an manipulated.
  
  Netflix Documentary Film: The Social Dilemma (2020)  (1h 34m)
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11464826/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11464826/fullcredits/?ref_=tt_ql_cl
       
    Explores the dangerous human impact of social networking,
    with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own
    creations.

  You Tube - Talk: The Social Dilemma (2020)  (55 min)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYVVgGWUKKg


SPYING ON YOU

  Major harvestors of information include: Google, Facebook,
  Amazon, and the NSA. Most harvesting takes place by our
  computers automatically running JavaScript code embedded in
  websites we browse.
  
  Things connected to the Internet (IoT). The Ring Doorbell
  and many home security devices, meant to protect you, are
  spying on you.  Alexa, etc. is always listening to you.  

  Fifteen (15) Ways Google Collects Your Private Info and Data
    https://www.quertime.com/article/15-ways-google-collects-your-private-info-and-data/
  Four (4) ways Google is destroying privacy
    https://www.salon.com/2014/02/05/4_ways_google_is_destroying_privacy_and_collecting_your_data_partner/

IF YOU CONTINUE TO USE GOOGLE, MANAGE YOUR GOOGLE ACCOUNT
  https://myaccount.google.com/privacycheckup
  https://myaccount.google.com/dashboard

IT'S TIME TO DELETE THE SCARY AMOUNT OF DATA GOOGLE HAS ON YOU
  https://www.cnet.com/tech/services-and-software/its-time-to-delete-the-scary-amount-of-data-google-has-on-you/







REGAINING SOME PRIVACY - WHAT CAN YOU DO? USE A FARADAY BAGS (Two nested Faraday bags works better) https://www.amazon.com/Faraday-Protector-Tuulin-Blocking-Blocker/dp/B07RSHRCSS https://www.amazon.com/Mission-Darkness-Non-Window-Faraday-Phones/dp/B01A7MACL2 RF Signal Blocking - 100% shielding of Wi-Fi (2.4 & 5GHz), Bluetooth, cell signals including 5G networks, GPS, RFID, and radio signals with 90dB average attenuation from low MHz all the way up to 40GHz. EMI, RFI, EMF radiation shielding. Airplane Mode will shut down all three radios. USE A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK (VPN) A VPN secures your device's internet connection to guarantee that all data you are sending and receiving is encrypted and secure from prying eyes, even from your ISP and reduces tracking by hiding your IP Address. Excellent VPN services: ExpressVPN, NordVPN. VPN Reviews from Top10VPN. USE PUBLIC DNS SERVICE OPTIONS Your DNS history can identify you, perhaps even better than tracking cookies. Default DNS services are provided by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) at home, your cellular provider, workplace, and all public Wi-Fi networks that you might use. Many are logging everything you do. Some are blocking websites. Public DNS (over TLS/HTTPS) service offer privacy and security. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_recursive_name_server https://www.dnsperf.com/#!dns-resolvers 1. Set each computer to use Public DNS services. 2. Set your home Router to use Public DNS services. 3. Optionally set Smart phone Wi-Fi connections to use Public DNS services. Separate setup for each Wi-Fi network. SET A SECURE DEFAULT SEARCH ENGINE ON YOUR BROWSER Switching to a more secure, privacy focused search engine is another way to maintain better privacy while browsing the web. Most of the popular search engines rely on selling users advertisements to make money. Search engines like Startpage, and DuckDuckGo are funded by donations and search related advertising, not by harvesting and selling your information. DuckDuckGo does not track you https://DuckDuckGo.com Use Google without being tracked https://www.startpage.com HOW TO MANAGE COOKIES BY BROWSER https://www.cookiepro.com/knowledge/how-to-manage-cookies-by-browser/ Almost all modern browsers provide mechanisms for users to control how their computers handle cookies. This includes the ability to block cookies and prevent them from being loaded, as well as ways to delete the cookies already stored on their device. Website visitors are becoming more aware of the ways advertisers track them across websites. To combat this surveillance, popular web browsers are introducing new ways to protect the privacy of their users. Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox have all announced big changes in 2020 that, when fully rolled out, should provide users with increased protection from tracking technologies. REGULARLY DELETE HISTORY AND WEBSITE DATA (includes cookies) Removing cookies and more. Wipe your computer of your browsing history, cookies, and other detritus. It won't solve the problem on its own, but it is almost essential to clear away the tools people can use to track you. ADBLOCK PLUS https://adblockplus.org Adblock Plus is a free extension that allows you to customize your web experience. You can block annoying ads, disable tracking and lots more. It's available for all major desktop browsers and for your mobile devices. Adblock Plus is an open source project licensed under GPLv3 and subject to its Terms of Use. ADGUARD (works on all computers and mobile devices) https://adguard.com/en/adguard-browser-extension/overview.html https://adguard.com/en/products.html https://joetechreviews.com/adguard-review-a-powerful-ad-blocking-solution-but-is-it-safe/ AdGuard is the fastest and most lightweight ad blocking extension that effectively blocks all types of ads on all web pages! Choose AdGuard for the browser you use and get ad-free, fast and safe browsing. PRIVACY BADGER (from the Electronic Frontier Foundation) https://www.eff.org/privacybadger https://www.eff.org/privacybadger/faq#Will-you-be-supporting-any-other-browsers-besides-Chrome-/-Firefox-/-Opera https://ssd.eff.org/en/blog/privacy-badger-now-fights-more-sneaky-google-tracking Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web. If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy Badger automatically blocks that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser. To the advertiser, it's like you suddenly disappeared. HUSH NAG BLOCKER https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hush-nag-blocker/id1544743900 Browse the web like it should be - free of nags to accept cookies or privacy invasive tracking. It's tiny, fast, free, open, secure and without any access to your data. BANISH: BLOCK POPUPS IN SAFARI https://apps.apple.com/us/app/banish-block-popups-in-safari/id1632848430 BANISH. An ultra-efficient Safari Extension that blocks annoying 'Open in App' popups & other dark patterns on the web. Hide banners & save valuable screen space. APPLE ICLOUD PRIVATE RELAY https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT212614 TESTING PRIVACY EFF -- Is your browser safe against tracking? https://coveryourtracks.eff.org Browser Fingerprinting https://coveryourtracks.eff.org/learn Web Browser Cookie Forensics https://www.grc.com/cookies/forensics.htm Example of blocking trackers MAKE SURE YOUR SMARTPHONE APPS AREN'T SPYING ON YOU https://phys.org/news/2018-01-smartphone-apps-spying.html The apps in question are mostly games. They seem harmless, but if you grant permission for those apps to use your phone's microphone, they can listen to your life through the phone-even when the app isn't being used. USE END-TO-END ENCRYPTION (EE2E) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/End-to-end_encryption End-to-end encryption (E2EE) is a system of communication where only the communicating users can read the messages. In principle, it prevents potential eavesdroppers - including telecom providers, Internet providers, and even the provider of the communication service - from being able to access the cryptographic keys needed to decrypt the conversation. Apple iMessage And Facetime & Privacy https://www.apple.com/legal/privacy/data/en/messages/ https://www.apple.com/legal/privacy/data/en/face-time/ We designed iMessage and FaceTime to use end-to-end encryption, so there's no way for Apple to decrypt the content of your conversations when they are in transit between devices. Attachments you send over iMessage (such as photos or videos) are encrypted so that no one but the sender and receiver(s) can access them. Signal - Secure Phone Calling & Text Messaging https://www.signal.org https://www.signal.org/download/macos/ https://apps.apple.com/us/app/signal-private-messenger/id874139669 Signal messages and calls are always end-to-end encrypted and painstakingly engineered to keep your communication safe. We can't read your messages or see your calls, and no one else can either. Here's why you should leave WhatsApp for Signal, not Telegram https://cybernews.com/editorial/why-you-should-leave-whatsapp-for-signal-not-telegram/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CyberNewsLetter_Welcome OUTBOUND FIREWALLS on computers -- Monitor all web traffic Best practices for configuring Windows Defender Firewall https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/windows-firewall/best-practices-configuring LuLu (Outbound Firewall for macOS) -- Patrick Wardle https://objective-see.com/products/lulu.html https://objective-see.com SURVEILLANCE SELF-DEFENSE https://ssd.eff.org https://ssd.eff.org/module-categories/basics https://ssd.eff.org/module-categories/tool-guides PERSONAL SAFETY USER GUIDE https://help.apple.com/pdf/personal-safety/en_US/personal-safety-user-guide.pdf HUMAN BEHAVIOR https://defensivecomputingchecklist.com http://edu-observatory.org/olli/HCS/Week1.html http://edu-observatory.org/olli/HCS/Week2.html GETTING HACKED (11+ min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjYhmX_OUQQ

RESOURCES ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION (EFF) https://www.eff.org https://ssd.eff.org/en/module/your-security-plan APPLE'S APPROACH TO PRIVACY https://www.apple.com/privacy/ https://www.apple.com/privacy/features/ https://www.apple.com/privacy/manage-your-privacy/

BOOK RECOMMEMDATIONS Permanent Record by Edward Snowden https://www.amazon.com/Permanent-Record-Edward-Snowden/dp/1250237238 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cihWEGNcuRU Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government's system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down. In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it. Spanning the bucolic Beltway suburbs of his childhood and the clandestine CIA and NSA postings of his adulthood, Permanent Record is the extraordinary account of a bright young man who grew up online--a man who became a spy, a whistleblower, and, in exile, the Internet's conscience. Written with wit, grace, passion, and an unflinching candor, Permanent Record is a crucial memoir of our digital age and destined to be a classic. The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man By Luke Harding https://www.amazon.com/Snowden-Files-Inside-Worlds-Wanted/dp/0804173524 Edward Snowden was a 29-year-old computer genius working for the National Security Agency when he shocked the world by exposing the near-universal mass surveillance programs of the United States government. His whistleblowing has shaken the leaders of nations worldwide, and generated a passionate public debate on the dangers of global monitoring and the threat to individual privacy. In a tour de force of investigative journalism that reads like a spy novel, award-winning Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells Snowden's astonishing story-from the day he left his glamorous girlfriend in Honolulu carrying a hard drive full of secrets, to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong, to his battle for asylum and his exile in Moscow. For the first time, Harding brings together the many sources and strands of the story-touching on everything from concerns about domestic spying to the complicity of the tech sector-while also placing us in the room with Edward Snowden himself. The result is a gripping insider narrative-and a necessary and timely account of what is at stake for all of us in the new digital age. sam.wormley@gmail.com