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[liberationtech] best practices - roundup

Parker Higgins parker at eff.org
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.

https://www.eff.org/wp/defending-privacy-us-border-guide-travelers-carrying-digital-devices

Thanks,
Parker

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: 
> http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/top-android-security-apps/) -
> 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
> http://www.opendns.com/technology/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 
> http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=215897678434749 Twitter 
> http://blog.twitter.com/2011/03/making-twitter-more-secure-https.html)
>
> 
- - 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
Activist
Electronic Frontier Foundation
https://eff.org
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