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  1. ThunderIdeal

    basic phone browser privacy

    I'm getting a bit tied of my activity being tracked, evidenced by targeted advertising. how do you deal with the fact that your phone is linked to a gmail account, an what apps can tighten your browser? What kind of permission changes make all the difference? in depth answers are welcome but I'm not asking how to encrypt storage and communications or have some kind of nsa immune device, just how to keep google and co at bay thanks
  2. I will provide information to the best of my knowledge however it is provided as is without any guarantees or assurances. Do your own research as well. The best way to use this is to understand it and build on it. I've been meaning to do something like this for quite a while but never really got around to it. With the metadata stuff coming into effect soon, I figured now is as good a time as any to start writing some things on the topics. I'll try cover as much as I can, as best I can, but let me know if you have any questions, suggestions, ideas, whatever. Some topics I'd like to cover include VPNs, Tor, Bitcoin, PGP/GPG encryption and general internet privacy. If you've got others you want me to cover, let me know. VPNs What is a VPN? VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It's main use was to allow people/computers to securely remotely connect into a personal or private network (usually an office) from wherever they may be. This would allow them to safely access the internal services like printers, shared drives/folders, and most importantly and relevant to this post - the internet connection. Despite Bob being at home, their IP would still be the same as if they were in the office for all traffic routed through the VPN. People then started using VPNs solely for the previously mentioned purpose of routing traffic through remote locations. How do they stop my metadata being collected/how do they work? Well... they don't. But they stop the important stuff being collected. The only metadata that can be collected by Australian ISPs about your internet usage when you're using a VPN is, well, that you're using a VPN. The traffic is fairly easily identified but it's all end-to-end encrypted meaning that at no point along it's journey does your traffic become readable to any party.' Are there any drawbacks? Yup! The biggest one you will notice, especially living in Australia, is speed. Expect to lose atleast a 3rd of your internet speed. The second biggest thing you'll notice is the hassle if you're going all out. It's very easy to put it in the too hard basket because you've got to install it on all of your devices, make sure they're always connected to the VPN, keep your bills paid, get annoyed at how slow it gets sometimes, etc... Unfortunately privacy comes at a cost now days. Alright, I'm with ya, how do I get one of these VPNs? Short answer: Buy service from a reputable provider like IPVanish, PIA, IVPN or similar. Using a credit card or Paypal is fine. You're looking at about $10/month but (much) less if you buy in larger blocks (3 months, 6 months, 1 year). Long answer: Do a bit of research about the providers out there. Some questions to ask: Do they log? (Logging for VPNs is usually, amusingly, metadata which is often identifiable if given to certain parties) Do they use OpenVPN? (If they don't, don't use them) What are people saying about them? Where are their servers located? Where do the companies operate from? How much do they cost? Do they support multiple devices/connections? Do they look legit? How much info are they asking for? Once you've found one that ticks your boxes, sign up and pay for your plan. Use bitcoins if you want but realistically Paypal or credit card is likely going to be alright unless you're doing really nefarious things and want some anonymity with your privacy (they are not the same thing). Start with a single month and see how it goes for you. If all is well, consider longer billing periods. They usually have pretty extensive guides on how to connect from your difference devices so I won't cover that here. Once connected, run a few checks like see what DuckduckGo thinks your IP is, what DNSLeakTest says and maybe some speed tests if you're interested. Finally, go about your normal browsing. Some interesting links World War II information security: Navajo VPN - Kaspersky Blog I Am Anonymous When I Use a VPN - VPN Myths (I wouldn't go with them as a provider but the info is interesting) VPN - Wikipedia Tor - Wikipedia List of privacy conscious VPN providers by a torrenting/piracy blog (trustworthy) - TorrentFreak
  3. http://rt.com/news/263189-facebook-messenger-location-data/ 'Marauders Map': App exposes ease of tracking Facebook Messenger users If you value privacy, you may want to think twice before using Facebook Messenger. A new extension for Chrome has revealed just how much location data is shared through the app – and it's enough to track someone down with almost perfect accuracy. The extension - called the 'Marauder's Map,' after the magical map in Harry Potter – pinpoints the locations of a person's Facebook friends. It allows a person to track their movements, learning about their routines and weekly schedules. Though some may view the information as useful, others think it is downright creepy, as it hands over a person's movements on a silver platter to any potential stalkers. Khanna developed the extension after noticing that Facebook Messenger locations had more than five decimal points of precision – meaning the sender's location was pinpointed within three feet (one meter) of accuracy. By testing his map on a group of Facebook friends who posted on chat at least once a day, Khanna realized he could see where one of them lived – even down to the exact location of his dorm room. After chatting frequently to one friend, he discovered he could track the friend's hourly movements. The person's location history was mapped out at the end of the day. Taking it up another notch, Khanna realized he could do the same thing for those who weren't his friends on Facebook. For example, he could track the locations of people taking part in a large group message, which was created to organize poker games. Indeed.
  4. whitewind

    Opal Cards / Police State

    The Police State, Data Retention Laws and the obsession of the state to track, access and hold your information, mostly without your knowledge and for no good reason Continue buying anonymous card tickets to try and keep the old system alive If you must use Opal buy an unregistered card with cash and top it up with cash Ask everyone why you need to view your trips online when it is easy to keep track of how you spend money on travel the old fashioned way Why is the Department of Transport more interested in protecting your data than the police? ------------------------------------------------------ http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/opal-card-data-surrendered-to-police-and-immigration-authorities-20150522-gh76wn Transport for NSW has provided police and immigration authorities with access to the personal information of dozens of Opal card users suspected of criminal offences. Registered Opal cards, which are linked with users' names, addresses, email and phone contacts and bank accounts, provide the authorities with the ability to track a users' journeys across the public transport network by time and date. The first figures on information disclosures to be released by Transport for NSW indicate there have been 166 Law Enforcement Requests from NSW Police, and 15 from the Department of Immigration, since the full rollout of the Opal system in December 2014. Personal information was disclosed on 57 of these requests: 19 for proceedings of an offence, 6 missing persons and 32 on reasonable grounds of an offence, according to a department spokesman. This compares with almost 11,000 incidents of access to Queensland's Go Cards, mostly by state police, between 2006 and 2014. --- That is 1,375 requests per year, one assumes there is increasing requests over time (as is usual in such cases) as the police and transport departments get more confident and blase about such things over time --- "When Transport for NSW receives a request for information from a law enforcement agency, it will consider the request on the basis of the relevant legislation and Opal's privacy policy criteria," a department spokesman said. "Transport for NSW has only released information for around 30 per cent of law enforcement requests. Information has only been released because it related to a missing person or to an offence that is known, or reasonably suspected, to have occurred." Fairfax Media revealed last year that law enforcement and other government agencies would be able to access passengers' Opal card data without a warrant in a move which worried civil libertarians but was defended by Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione. Solicitor Stephen Blanks, President of the NSW Council of Civil Liberties, said the fact that Transport was refusing two-thirds of law enforcement requests for Opal data suggested police were attempting to abuse their access to the information. "It's unsatisfactory that it's left to the Department of Transport to decide whether or not this personal information should be handed over," Mr Blanks said. "That decision should be in the hands of a judge, or a person who issues a warrant. ... I'm concerned that police are not exercising the necessary degree of restraint in asking for personal information where it's not appropriate." There are unregistered Opal cards which allow users to travel anonymously, but they can not be automatically topped up or replaced when lost. A police media spokesman said it was not practical to track which, if any, of these requests had led to a successful arrest or location of a missing person as the requests were made separately at local area command level. A spokesperson for the Immigration Department said the Opal card data was a "useful new source of information" which was used by immigration compliance officers "to assist in locating unlawful non-citizens". Other agencies permitted to request Opal data access include the police forces of other states, the NSW Crime Commission, the Australian Crime Commission, the Australian Federal Police, the Director of Public Prosecutions in NSW and other states, the Department of Corrective Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice and other agencies as the government sees fit to include. As well as assisting law enforcement, Opal customer data is a rich source of information for transport authorities' planning purposes, and is to be stored for seven years. In the week beginning May 11, there were more than 8 million trips taken on Opal cards. In total, there had been 270 million Opal card trips ever taken by 17 May, 2015. The most common mode of transport used was rail (about 180 million trips), followed by bus travel (81 million), then ferries (6 million) and light rail (2 million), the department said.