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A Note on OPSEC in light of the recent Twitter leaks...

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July 20, 2020
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For those not already in the know, you should be aware that:

  • The admins of major websites (Twitter, Discord, Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) all have complete access to your information.
  • Your IP, Email, Phone, etc is visible to even low-level employees tasked with moderating.
  • Your "private" messages are 100% visible to all admin.
  • There is likely no policy in place to prevent disgruntled employees from accessing your account if they want. (example: Low level employee deleted Trump's twitter)
  • Major doxxings are done by looking at private information and then using parallel construction with public facing details to make a plausible doxxing story.
  • Assume anything you write on social media is read by others and will be leaked if it is advantageous to do so.

Some industries had to set up audit trails to prevent misusing information (for instance, pharmacy employees looking up famous names).

This does not apply in tech. There is no law. The only privacy you can achieve is the privacy that you implement.

Using the same browser for personal browsing and private browsing allows websites and advertising networks to fingerprint you and they will know you are the same person.

Cross contamination only requires one small detail to get through. Facebook on your phone monitors what wifi networks you are near and determines your location and possible friends based on this, regardless if you log in / out / have a burner phone / turn off gps.

Different browsers on the same computer may still leak enough information to make connections.

VPNs only disguise your IP/Location but cannot prevent you from leaking the same information just from a different IP.

If you log into a personal account and a burner account, reddit already knows who you are and has connected them.

Major retail stores pay large amounts of money to track you by your phone, rarely needs software installed to do it. Facebook, even logged out and never set up, is complicit and will report to home as you walk through a mall what stores you are near.

Be careful with what you put online.


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Title A Note on OPSEC in light of the recent Twitter leaks...
Author redpillschool
Upvotes 488
Comments 122
Date 20 July 2020 02:51 PM UTC (2 months ago)
Subreddit TheRedPill
Link https://theredarchive.com/post/717208
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[–]Project_Zero_Betas63 points64 points  (65 children) | Copy

VPNs only disguise your IP/Location but cannot prevent you from leaking the same information just from a different IP.

Is there any solution to this?

[–][deleted]  (2 children) | Copy

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[–]Project_Zero_Betas12 points13 points  (1 child) | Copy

I will thank you

[–]shubhidoobi7 points8 points  (0 children) | Copy

Hey what did the comment above said?

[–]Modredpillschool[S] 39 points40 points  (38 children) | Copy

Burner laptop or VM with VPN installed and on full time.

You will be fingerprinted, so make sure all activities you do on this computer or VM do not co-mingle with anything personally identifying.

[–]superkawasaki21 points22 points  (19 children) | Copy

From my knowledge, VPNs are only good if you trust them.

Imagine a scenario where the police are sniffing your trail and your IP leads back to a VPN. Do you believe, or better yet, trust your VPN to follow through with there policies of law enforcement is involved?

I say that to say this tho - as long as you have 100% trust that the VPN does as it says it will, then you should be good. It’s just, more than likely that’s never the case.

[–]Modredpillschool[S] 31 points32 points  (12 children) | Copy

VPN protects you from the service you're connecting to, but not from the police or NSA.

General rule of thumb is don't commit crimes.

[–]superkawasaki17 points18 points  (2 children) | Copy

Right, but in the case of the OP, we are getting monitored REGARDLESS if we commit a crime or not.

All information on the web can be fingerprinted back to a specific person and adding a VPN just makes it easier to narrow down to a specific user.

But I guess if you not committing crimes, you should be cool with Joe watching every interaction you have made over social media, and companies selling your private information (DMs, Emails, unencrypted messages)

[–]Modredpillschool[S] 11 points12 points  (1 child) | Copy

I mean the argument of "don't commit crimes" is simply to keep law enforcement out of it.

I think you can stay relatively private from corporations if you take precautions. But once law enforcement gets involved, all bets are off.

[–]OhAndOneMoreThing8 points9 points  (0 children) | Copy

At the very least, don’t commit serious crimes.

I used to work for a 2,000 officer dept, maybe 50 people would even know what a VPN is

The rest are still sending email replies to the entire city

The feds on the other hand...

[–]dareealmvp8 points9 points  (2 children) | Copy

>don't commit crimes

Except the definition of what's a crime has now become absurd in many countries. In most European countries you don't have freedom of speech, a man in the UK was arrested for teaching his dog how to h31l H1tl3r, and rape victims of Muslims there are now starting to get classed as racists. Let alone tracking down the Rochdale and Rotherham grooming gangs, they'd rather train victims of Muslim knife stabbings and Muslim terrorist attackers to not be 'racist'/'Islamophobic' than actually track down criminals and put them in prison. But I digress. Meanwhile in India, you can actually be put in prison for 'rape on pretext of marriage' which basically means if you had consensual sex with a girl and you later refuse to marry her, you'll basically be charged of rape and put in prison for committing a rape. The word 'crime' IMO no longer holds the strong level of odium as it used to once because of such nonsensical egregious dilutions.

[–]Modredpillschool[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy

This is true. Be very careful in the country you're in.

[–]dareealmvp0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

What do you think of alternative right wing websites like gab.ai and bitchute? Are they safer than the mainstream social media sites like FB/YT?

[–]odaklanan_insan3 points4 points  (4 children) | Copy

I think this is asked rather to protect himself against sjw profiling and targetting, not covering criminal activity.

[–]Modredpillschool[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

That's my point- feds are going to have much more access to the records than a journalist.

Stay off the fed's radar.

[–]vwowv4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

disclaimer: rant

It gets endlessly complicated and endlessly futile. My working assumption is Windows, MacOS, ect have back doors in the OS itself, keylogging every key stroke, mouse click down to the app and button. A relatively small data stream sent back to respective OS company. This information can be sent back at sporadic times undetected. Times such as OS updates, app downloads, the data is piggybacked. My guess is this is coordinated and shared with our government, thus also approved by. This data is likely leaked, sold, mined, and stolen, and stored to be mined in even 50, 500 years from now. I assume all mics, and cameras can be turned on and off at any time without the accompanied 'on light.' Even work if settings say the device is disabled, or drivers are not installed, they are, or could be. Perhaps laptop and phone cameras surreptitiously take pictures of us when we use bank accounts, purchases, watch porn, upon every computer start. This can all be done via the OS itself. If this hasn't already happened already, or long ago, it will, unannounced.

I have a fake facebook account I rarely use. It is linked to a yahoo mail account I made. I use the email account for nothing else. It's all fake names. I've added a few random facebook people across the country as friends. Now Facebook constantly suggests friends I've never heard of or ever met. You'd think they don't know who I am. My guess is they know exactly who I am and 'play along' suggesting friends they know I don't know. They have all the info they need, fingerprints, device id, ect. to know who I am yet make me think I have my anonymity. It may also be the case they haven't implemented it that far yet. If not it's a logical step. The game being false security to make the profiling of me accurate, showing my true nature. What I do when I think I'm anonymous is the pith of monitoring my true nature, and MO.

The metaphor I use is it's like a rat in the maze, but there is no ceiling, and scientists are watching your every move. Any moment you forget you are absolutely watched, you are being profiled on that behavior. Read an article on cats? In those moments your mind is divorced of the idea you are being watched. Because of OS back doors, all TOR activity, use of safer alternative apps, do nothing other than let them profile you and put you on a list of 'tor users'. They still know your every move in the dark web. Using TOR merely lets them profile you as higher intelligence, and possibly subversive, and indexed on corresponding profile lists.

Perhaps they have a copy of every file on your computer. It's not as storage prohibitive as people might think. Example, Queen - Another One Bites the Dust mp3 might be shared via bittorrent to 100 million people across the world. They only have to make a hash and ID for that file and have one hard copy on their end. The whole file is seen as a single 20 digit number. If there are 180 versions of the song, say 90 versions of the mp3 with different hashes, and 90 flac versions with different hashes and id numbers, it's still a relatively small amount to store. So it may be possible that every file of every computer is mirrored virtually, and can be virtually represented, mined through.

We even type with a 'gait', the patterns of small pauses between typing keys.

It's insane to wonder how much this has already been implemented, or how suddenly it will be.

The only thing that seems prohibitive to me is having 100% video all the time via laptop cams, and front cameras on phones. Too cpu and storage intensive. Doesn't stop well timed pictures. Everything else audio, typing, and mouse clicks are easy, and low data.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yes. Whenever you see them call themselves "researchers" (e.g. in their profile bios), you can be sure this is what they actually do online: try to doxx you and get you fired from your job.

[–]endlessdemand1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

But when you pair vpn with tails you’re alright

[–]beginner_8 points9 points  (1 child) | Copy

Use VPN that has no logs or claims to have no logs and is NOT based in US. Ideally said VPN already once had a case and it was shown they actually really don't have logs. Without VPN you can be assured your ISP has logs and simply gives out any requests to law enforcement.

[–]Balderdash790 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Multiple cheap VPS in different countries which are funded via crypto.

One runs a VPN, the rest are a collection of ssh tunnels linked in a chain.

Connect to VPS1, it bounces you to VPS2, which leads to VPS3, which leads to VPS4(VPN).

USER is a Virtualbox LiveCD Linux instance which dies every time it is shut down.

USER -> VPS1 -> VPS2 -> VPS3 -> VPS4(VPN) -> INTERNET

Back in the 90's we used to do this with open Wingate proxies and backdoor/RAT type programs (Back Orifice, SubZero, etc). It worked but was unstable because dialup.

These days with everything broadband, the sky is the limit.

[–]rotkohlblaukraut1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

> VPNs are only good if you trust them.

https://www.theregister.com/2020/07/17/ufo_vpn_database/

[–]cjandstuff0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

There was just the other day a news story of a bunch of VPNs. They claimed not to keep logs. We'll, turns out they did and the info about their users got out.

[–]Modredpillschool[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Weren't they all brands reselling a single white-label VPN from china?

[–]cjandstuff1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yup.
Starts at 2:14.
https://youtu.be/EoDd0hRqs6Y

[–]Project_Zero_Betas9 points10 points  (2 children) | Copy

VM?

[–]Modredpillschool[S] 14 points15 points  (1 child) | Copy

Virtual Machine

[–]Project_Zero_Betas3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Thanks

[–][deleted]  (11 children) | Copy

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[–]satellite7792 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Don't use VPN with Tails though. Unnecessary and can still expose you to VPN company sharing your info

[–]ds-unraid2 points3 points  (9 children) | Copy

Do not use them after their shady merger. I lost 2 years of subscriptions but it’s worth it.

[–]odaklanan_insan0 points1 point  (8 children) | Copy

I have North vpn. Common opinion suggested it is safe but didn't do a thorough research on it.

[–]Korrangar5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy

I have North vpn. Common opinion suggested it is safe but didn't do a thorough research on it.

Nord VPN stopped endorsing a youtuber because some random dude pointed that it may be far right. Would you trust that kind of company ?

[–]odaklanan_insan2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Oh shit, didn't know that. Guess I'm not renewing my subscription.

[–]DaniDimitrov2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Nord VPN is bad and recently had a security breach. Do not trust 'em.

[–]yazen_0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

[–]ThenTable0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

This article is written basically by the Nordvpn's competitor. It actually wasn't anything major and it didn't even affect the users. Read their official statement:
https://nordvpn.com/blog/official-response-datacenter-breach/

[–]yazen_0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

It might be, but I'd prefer to err on the cautiousness side.

[–]mr4kino0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

nothing is safe. It's all based on IPs. That's enough to trace back to you, VPN or not.

[–]drakehfh0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

[–]absolutelynp0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Even a burner vm could be shit...on the other hand...combined with a VPN you should be good. But one shoud be careful during setup. Best to leave the VM offline during setup...

Wait, do you mean VPN client on PC and VM or just on the PC?

[–]lonelyWalkAlone7 points8 points  (0 children) | Copy

Most VPN vendors log, and some of them store, your data (your actual IP, the websites your visited, etc..) without your acknowledgment, and maybe this was only mentioned briefly in bullet 20 of section P of chapter 5 of the End-user license agreement you probably agreed on without reading.

[–]beginner_5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy

Not really if you want any kind of usability. Turning off JavaScript will help but make most sites break.

You can start using tails, eg linux distro only working through TOR network. But fingerprinters will also recognize this so using such software is a information by itself.

I think that is the main point. You can't really do anything about it, so simply put strict control on what you put online.

[–]odaklanan_insan1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Cyber security is a never ending wrist wrestle. Trackers develop a new technique, and then disguisers develop a counter technique, and then trackers develop a counter technique to that.

The only way to survive in that game is keeping yourself up to date about the trends all the time. Very difficult and timw consuming if you're not really into it.

My personal solution is to never committing a crime untill you really have to (i.e. I lived in a democratic country where tweeting wasn't a crime, but it became one over the years when the president became much more authocratic. Pretend to be pro-government till your tweets become actually powerful).This Makes you unpredictable and lets you fly under the radar.

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[–]Project_Zero_Betas4 points5 points  (8 children) | Copy

Whats Tor? Not torrents right?

[–]beginner_7 points8 points  (4 children) | Copy

It's an network to make you anonymous. All your requests go into the TOR network) and jump around multiple nodes (speak servers) randomly different for each request while each node doesn't know where the request came from or goes to. Which makes is hard to impossible to track you (albeit some suspect that many of the nodes are actually controlled by FBI/NSA and the likes).

But because of the network hops and everything involved it's very slow so not really a solution besides really illegal stuff.

[–]Project_Zero_Betas0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

Thanks for the explanation.

[–]ofthewhite2 points3 points  (1 child) | Copy

A lot of the nodes are owned by the NSA and FBI so they can easily track your data around the web and figure out what you are looking at or talking to. TOR is what a bunch of pedos use so watch out when you click on a link.

[–]saki_7120 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Well, TOR receives it's largest funding from United States. So it's only natural that FBI, NSA and even CIA will control innumerable nodes. Nobody's is truly untraceable on TOR, though increasing secure mechanisms largely benefits.

[–]Modredpillschool[S] 8 points9 points  (1 child) | Copy

It's a form of VPN that's incredibly slow and is probably propped up by the NSA.

[–]Project_Zero_Betas1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yeah my devices were hacked so Im just exploring VPN and tech options to regain some privacy back. New to all this never thought Id be a cybersecurity victim.

[–]pm_me_domme_pics3 points4 points  (1 child) | Copy

Naw the federal government owns a controlling portion of tor nodes so that alone isn't safe enough.

[–]goingrandomgod1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

It really depends who you want to be protected against.

If it is only from corporations you want to generally erase your profile by using different ips and a "clean host". If you want to do it easily just use TOR against corporation sniffing. If you need faster internet then you need to some way to relay traffic and use another IP(at best a trusted VPN provider or your own configured VPN server hosted somewhere or just a HTTP proxy is enough).

In general if you are paranoid do not use your own internet connection you are paying for with your name and use layered solutions in addition.

[–]Blackhawk24791 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Yes, stop using bullshit social media.

[–]Project_Zero_Betas2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

I'm off all social media except Reddit

[–]jackandjill220 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Are they talking about WebRTC leaks, also just use spoofed addresses & numbers for accounts.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

tor is good for breaking private company tracking. It won't really help hiding from a government.

[–]Project_Zero_Betas0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I might have to go that route

[–]BaitedbyPeaches0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Look up "The Hated One" on YouTube, he goes into detail on protecting your privacy online and he has videos discussing VPNs in particular.

[–][deleted] 95 points96 points  (7 children) | Copy

Assume anything you write on social media is read by others and will be leaked if it is advantageous to do so.

Yep.

The admins of major websites (Twitter, Discord, Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) all have complete access to your information.

Had an instance where I had a Instagram account I wanted to delete. However they wouldn't let me delete it. This is how, I believe, they keep your information.

So....

I turned it into a racist profile hating against whites, blacks, and Mexicans.

The profile was terminated several days later.

It's all fun and games till I want to leave.

Bitches can't hold me down.

[–]laredditcensorship82 points83 points  (1 child) | Copy

You just can't access it. Files are still on their servers.

[–][deleted] 38 points39 points  (0 children) | Copy

Shit.

[–]LazerSpin17 points18 points  (1 child) | Copy

Should have just go e with weird fetish porn, my dude. No one’s gonna hold that against you unlike wacism.

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children) | Copy

I don't know man. I'd probably gain more followers if anything.

I wanted a guaranteed out.

[–]DareyFathom36 points37 points  (0 children) | Copy

Instagram wouldn't delete it at all of you kept the posts to criticizing whites only.

[–]SmamelessMe0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Claim you're an European and demand that they erase all information they are legally not required to keep, and then provide you with list of all information they keep about you. Any business which chooses to make business in EU needs to follow GDPR. If they don't do it, insist and threaten to report them to related regulatory body.

Sure, you may not be European. You might not even want to bother to litigate. But that's not exactly public knowledge, is it?

Chances are, they already have a process for Europeans in place for this purpose (to keep the lawyers at bay), so they'd rather hit delete on you to get rid of the nuisance.

[–]jacksonbroome0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

You fucked up dude. If you ever become successful that will come back to bite you

[–]darkstar103115 points16 points  (0 children) | Copy

I'll boil that whole wall of text down to one simple sentence: Once it's on the internet it's forever. There is no anonymity. If you post something to Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube comments, or a 25 year old message board there are people that can see it, and it can be traced back to you. Your emails are also only so private. For example, if you use Gmail, Google can see your emails.

The only saving grace is that most of the time, with most people nobody cares, so it doesn't matter. That might not always be true, especially for individuals who decide to challenge those in power. This subreddit has seen more than it's fair share of the media spotlight, and the fact is that even though it is "quarantined", what gets said here does sometimes have an effect in the real world. It's happened. It's been more than once I've heard quotes from comments on this sub being repeated on national news, and like it or not the reason this sub hasn't been banned outright is because it has become part of the national debate, and has, at times, challenged those in power. I honestly wouldn't be surprised to learn that all of the power-posters on here have a dossier sitting on some NSA analysts desk somewhere.

You are being watched. Carefully. This is a public forum, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy here so be mindful of what you say, and how you say it. Always operate with the mindset of asking yourself how your actions will play out on prime time news because with something like this it's a very real possibility.

[–]omen_tenebris14 points15 points  (2 children) | Copy

Just be a fucking autist, and don't put your life on (anti)social media platforms & for private stuff just use Telegram, like every normal person. Edit: don't be a ...

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Telegram is backdored.

[–]BasedAndRedPilled_26 points27 points  (7 children) | Copy

It’s almost as if that big tech should be regulated to Hell.

[–]notpahimar9 points10 points  (4 children) | Copy

Just try getting that past either the democrats or the republicans

[–]BasedAndRedPilled_3 points4 points  (3 children) | Copy

They’re both parasites, but I’d argue the democrats would be more likely to do it because they believe in regulating the market, where the republicans worship it like it’s a god.

[–]liquorbaron25 points26 points  (1 child) | Copy

Big tech is firmly on the side of Democrats. Don't kid yourself. Democrats aren't the ones being censored by Big Tech.

[–]youcantdenythat3 points4 points  (1 child) | Copy

who watches the watchmen

[–]reborn420 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

The people

[–]DullIntroduction17 points18 points  (7 children) | Copy

The only privacy you can achieve is the privacy that you implement.

This is the key point. The VPN shills will tend to make people think otherwise. Do not trust a company, any company, with your data, and your privacy. Learn about the tech, and implement it yourself, if needed.

Anonymity is a blessing. If you cannot handle it, do not put your future at risk for a few blogging points.

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[–]DullIntroduction0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Even then, you're still exposed to disgruntled employees and the likes. A server you do not administer is a server people can look into and monitor traffic.

VMs, privately owned servers, airgapped computers. Everything should be under your control, encrypted, and accessible by you only.

[–]generic_commenter990 points1 point  (3 children) | Copy

Trust isn't a black or white thing. Some are better than others and deserve more trust. Part of fixing this is to incentive companies with good track records by giving them your business.

[–]DullIntroduction0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

Trust is nuanced and subjective, thus irrelevant from a security standpoint. Someone might be trustworthy, but negligent. Someone might be trustworthy at first because of incentive, then change because of another incentive, government pressure, or legal changes.

Your security is as strong as its weakest link. If you trust someone else with your privacy, whether or not that someone acts in good faith, that is a vulnerability.

We're not having a nuanced talk about social interactions or sexual strategy, where binary thinking is indeed stupid. Either your system is vulnerable, or it's not.

[–]generic_commenter990 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

What? No that doesn't mean it's irrelevant. You have to trust someone at some point unless you create everything in your device, software included, from scratch.

All systems are vulnerable. Some are barely vulnerable that it doesn't really make sense to call them vulnerable and some are spewing vulnerabilities left and right. Like I said, it's not black and white. It's a spectrum. All you can do is take reasonable steps to decrease your vulnerabilities.

[–]DullIntroduction0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I agree that security is always linked to a reasonable level where you're confident in the surety of your measures (aka your weakest link), that is not the point here.

We're talking about doxxing vulnerabilities, in that context trusting entities (companies, people) out of your control to create and maintain your system is a significant issue.

[–]AloofusMaximus4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Isn't this really privacy 101 though? Good post though, I think a lot of people are oblivious to how a lot of this stuff works.

Granted I'm older than a lot of guys around here, but when the internet first started booming, many of us had the assumption there's no expectation of privacy when you submit info. When you use a company computer, there's someone that can look at what you're doing, it's not your property. Same thing when you're using social media. When you use social media, your info IS the product.

[–]dopexile5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy

It is not smart to use Social Media. Detectives\employers\activists\governments will be harvesting dirt on people in the far future.

Who knows what will be considered politically incorrect decades from now, fuel outrage, and then ruin someones reputation.

[–]ebaymasochist5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

People are emboldened when their politicians are in power and say things that will have them on watch lists when the other side takes control. Ten years from now it may be considered an anti social personality disorder to speak out against government and corporations. Maybe in the interest of everyone's safety, those people should not be allowed to shop at any store or within so many feet of government property.

The Patriot act was supposed to be for terrorism only, it didn't take much to see how it would expand. Just recently I saw proposed, the solution to racism is to send people to CIA blacksites without trial.. since those people are traitors to their country, the melting pot economic zone that is America. People beg for totalitarian police states whenever it's used against someone else.

[–]Fukdyobish10 points11 points  (0 children) | Copy

Calling it right now: anyone who has used the internet will have all comments, posts, profiles, and browsing history connected to their identity and leaked to the public. Its coming. We are all getting doxxed. In the future you will be able to look up anyone's name and find everything they've ever posted on all their various profiles and online identities. Your mom and dad will know what you've been up to, for better or worse. Lord take mercy on your soul.

Mom and dad, if you're reading this in the future: I love you.

[–]reborn422 points3 points  (4 children) | Copy

Anyone has actionable advice for this?

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (3 children) | Copy

For actual anonymity online it's difficult. Windows and Mac have a lot of telemetry and built in data mining. It's as precise as what windows open, mouse cursor location, installed software, file names, etc. Linux as an OS is a good start. Similarly your smartphone is tracking you just as much. Speech recognition, apps, etc. A decent solution is to use a custom OS build based on AOSP, and specifically without google services. It will limit you to not using any apps in the app store, and even manually installing some apps they won't work. The only thing I have missed is google maps because it is extremely convenient.

Browser and IP address are also ways of data mining. IP can be hidden from companies by using a VPN. They can be obscured in some countries through tor. Also cookies and cross site tracking/javascript are disabled by default in the tor browser. Tor is slow though, still works fine for low bandwith content like reddit.

This is really overkill. Most people would be way better off using not windows/mac, using a phone without google play services and a VPN.

[–]le_wolfe0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Whats wront with google play services?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Google play services is the crux of the spying on your phone. It's the app constantly tracking your location, wifi networks near you, listening to what you are saying even when those options appear to be turned off to you. You can't uninstall it normally and it either takes rooting and manually removing (if you can manually remove it) or flashing an OS that never had it to begin with.

Your cell phone will still transmit your location via IEMI and what tower you are connected to, but at least it's att/nsa and not google.

Here's a great segment on tucker carlson's show showing just the tip of the iceberg of their data collection using an offline phone with no sim.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s8ZG6HuLrU

[–]goingrandomgod4 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy

Also expect anything you put on the internet to be archived somewhere in several locations for possibly forever. Even if not now your data could be valuable to someone in the future and detrimental for you.

It is also why people who do not care about what corporations collect about them miss the point that in the future it could be possible for corporations, governments to just look up people in a global database they privately have access to.

It is no coincidence that the current "AI" fad and the industry as a whole is trying to make solutions to easily handle the massive amount of data everyone collects.

[–]ebaymasochist0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Even if not now your data could be valuable to someone in the future and detrimental for you.

We're living a giant experiment right now. Of course they want data to see how their guinea pigs are affected.

[–]uebermacht2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Interesting, thanks for the warning.

Majority of this sub is assumingly not tech-savvy enough to set up a propper OPSEC setup.
It's pretty easy to bypass the doxxing situation with Iptables on your linux host system, given its not being used for private/personal stuff.

Buy a cheap notebook for private stuff and use the other computer for other stuff which requires anonymity. VPN fingerprint is an important keyword as well as firefox hardening.

Use cock.li as throwaway eMail and mega.nz encryped by PGP as a safe cloud solution.

For more information, visit the YouTube channel „Techlore“ and „TheHatedOne“.

[–]ProFriendZoner9 points10 points  (3 children) | Copy

Luke 12:2-3 NIV

2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

For a book of supposed fiction it is spot on about a lot of things.

[–]HellSpeed4 points5 points  (2 children) | Copy

It is a book of fables and guidance. And in that regard it is very useful. There are just way too many morons who take it literally.

[–]ProFriendZoner5 points6 points  (1 child) | Copy

Amazing how they nailed it 2,000 plus years ago for a book of fables.

Signed,

A moron who takes it literally.

[–]HellSpeed-5 points-4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Nailed it? There are a ton of bullshit fables that they got completely backward.

What do you think of the new fringe science that says the Sphinx might be older than dinosaurs and god himself?

All hail the Sphinx!

[–]Balea20194 points5 points  (6 children) | Copy

In Europe there are actually strong laws against that, it can still use it against you but there are more resources to defend yourself. Companies are very cautious with personal data.

[–]Blackhawk24798 points9 points  (4 children) | Copy

Yes because huge corporations are known for obeying laws, right?

[–]Balea20195 points6 points  (3 children) | Copy

[–]Blackhawk24797 points8 points  (2 children) | Copy

Fining the 3rd most valuable company in the world, yep that’ll do it.

[–]extortioncontortion7 points8 points  (1 child) | Copy

Take this slap on the wrist Megacorp! That will teach you to mess with The European Union!

[–]Blackhawk24795 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

He’s also lost on the irony that google being fined multiple times demonstrates how little of a deterrent it is.

[–]Sour_Octopus0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Just like here in the United States, our government gives yours our info about you while yours returns through favor for info about me. That way it’s not illegal!

[–]laredditcensorship3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Of course they do. They always had it.

We live in a pretend society.

CORPORATION is an approved scam & spy business. Their approval was obtained through manufactured consent. CORPORATION is not the industry of manufacturing products. CORPORATION is in THE INDUSTRY of manufacturing consent.

Corporate, what kind of free manufactured merchandise must be in your goodie bag to consent investing into paradise?

[–]TheGilrich1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy

Thanks for posting this but honestly who didn't know? I thought that's common sense. Nothing on the internet is truly private.

[–]Modredpillschool[S] 9 points10 points  (1 child) | Copy

A surprising number of people have acted surprised by this info in the past week. Figured it was worth mentioning.

[–]TheGilrich2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yeah, certainly it doesn't hurt. Good info! Thanks.

[–]assa_ssin1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

I have chosen not to be afraid of anyone.

If twitter tries to destroy me I will try to do the same too.

These people are cowards.

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[–]Modredpillschool[S] 7 points8 points  (0 children) | Copy

If the OP were serious about opsec, he'd enable submitting links again

Get fucked.

The text-only policy is to prevent low-effort link spam, of which we were getting hundreds per day. You can still write a text post and include links in it, but you must put some effort in to elaborate on your link.

So you're full of shit, goodbye.

[–]Returnofthemack30 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I had some idea that were compromised, but I have to say this is very eye opening and alarming. Thanks for this

[–]iheartrms0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Also note: There is no such thing as a "no logs" VPN. As demonstrated by the recent leak of logs from such VPNs.

[–]Twobithatter0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I don’t know why I never thought about my burner account and personal account being connected together. It wouldn’t even be that hard with the right data.

[–]vadimdavidov0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

What can we do about pre-existing Facebook data? I've had an FB for 10 years, with 10 years of conversation. Is there any way I can get completely rid of it?

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[–]laredditcensorship1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

They care what porn you watch. They are profiling you. To sell you shit and keep you in the shitloop.

[–]Sour_Octopus0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

It’s not about you. It’s about the people you elect, the Supreme Court justices, senators, etc. blackmail.



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