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[liberationtech] best practices - roundup

Fran Parker lilbambi at gmail.com
Tue Oct 9 10:30:12 PDT 2012


Thanks Parker! I was hoping someone would post some of these best 
practices as an article or white paper link.

On 10/9/12 1:28 PM, Parker Higgins wrote:
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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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> Electronic Frontier Foundation
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