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[liberationtech] best practices - roundup

Parker Higgins parker at
Tue Oct 9 10:28:51 PDT 2012

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Hi Katy,

Excellent list. Sorry I'm late to the game, but if you're traveling to
one Internet hostile regime in particular -- and here, I'm referring
to the US -- you or others may find this EFF whitepaper on border
crossing to be useful.


On 10/9/12 9:23 AM, Katy P wrote:
> Best practices for traveling to an internet-hostile regime.
> There is a lot of variance - obviously the regime's capabilities as
> well as one's own visibility come into play.
> And, if it isn't obvious, I'm not a security expert. This is not 
> official, legal advice. Everyone needs to research this on their
> own and make good decisions for themselves. If you're really not
> tech-savvy, it might be worthwhile to hook up with a tech-savvy
> friend (or IT professional) to do some of these steps.
> Regardless, here are some hints from the community:
> BEFORE YOUR TRIP - your laptop and mobile device should be ones
> that are fresh - factory reset to the original operating system and
> best case would be "burners" -- devices that you can factory reset
> upon return home (some suggested also using a bootable Linux
> install) - do not link your Dropbox, GDrive, or other file service
> at any time - do not be logged into GMail, social media sites,
> etc. - be careful with what photos you have on your phone (before
> leaving the country especially) - have a virus scanner installed -
> make sure that all software is up-to-date (Windows Updates, virus
> scanner) - any sensitive data/documents should be on a USB drive,
> not kept in an obvious place (like throw it in with your toiletries
> or something) with an encrypted volume - change all of your
> passwords to something very secure before your trip - install TOR -
> consider a mobile security app (Here's a review of some Android
> ones: 
> -
> encryption may be illegal and may cause more concern
> AT THE AIRPORT: - don't be logged into anything - be polite - don't
> be nervous
> DURING YOUR TRIP - when on WiFi, DNSCrypt
> - set up a VPN
> connection - never leave your devices anywhere (even hotel safe) -
> assume phone conversations are monitored - turn off GPS - turn on
> encryption for your social media sites (Facebook encryption 
> Twitter 
- - some suggest having a different "burner" social media account
> - be careful posting pictures and updates during trip
> LEAVING THE COUNTRY - if possible, it might be a good idea to do a
> factory reset on devices before going to the airport (??) - upon
> return, do factory resets of all devices - change passwords upon
> return
> Thanks to everyone that made suggestions.
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Parker Higgins
Electronic Frontier Foundation
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