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[liberationtech] advice on securing a new computer

Sam de Silva sam at media.com.au
Mon Jan 28 16:15:21 PST 2013


Thanks Brad and all for your responses.

I have a follow up question about CloudFogger ... Some of my colleagues installed it - and either the configuration wasn't done properly, or something else happened - but the app went and encrpyted all the shared files. 

CloudFogger does look incredibly easy to install - but also concerned if it's too automatic, and further wanting to double check that CloudFogger's system has been audited by others.

Thanks so much.

Best, Sam.


On 28/01/2013, at 2:05 PM, Brad Beckett wrote:

> Here is a Free VPN service: http://www.vpnbook.com/
> 
> I've tested their PPTP connections out and they work well, don't know if you can trust them or not though so make sure you use https on all sites you login to.
> 
> Here's a video guide how to setup PPTP VPN connections in OS X: https://vimeo.com/15752843
> 
> Brad Beckett
> Freelance IT Security Consultant
> http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=20028084
> 
> On Sun, Jan 27, 2013 at 5:09 PM, Joseph Mornin <joseph at mornin.org> wrote:
> Apple publishes a security configuration guide for OS X: https://ssl.apple.com/support/security/guides/
> 
> The NSA also publishes hardening tips: http://www.nsa.gov/ia/_files/factsheets/macosx_10_6_hardeningtips.pdf
> 
> Cheers,
> Joe
> 
> --
> Joseph Mornin
> http://www.mornin.org/
> 
> 
> On 1/27/13 4:52 PM, sam de silva wrote:
> Hi there,
> 
> Are there any guides that tell me how to make a new computer secure, for both use and connecting and communicating via the net?
> 
> My set up is as follows:
> 
> - Macbook Pro, running Mac OS 10.6.8
> 
> My requirements are as follows:
> 
> - I am almost always connected to the net, and need fast access, and full web-browsing experience
> - I'd like to block apps from sending out / receiving data from the net
> - I'd like a secure cloud storage space for my own stuff and occasionally share with others
> - My workplace is Microsoft-based we have email via IMAP. I'd like to have the option to send encrypted (PGP) emails to others.
> - I'd like to secure the email that's stored on my laptop. I'd like to use Apple Mail as my client.
> - I travel often, and I'd prefer not to have my data fall in to the wrong hands.
> 
> - I am not a geek, but can install my own applications and if guided properly can do terminal stuff
> 
> ---
> 
> Any feedback or direction appreciated.
> 
> Best, Sam :-)
> 
> 
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> Sam de Silva
> skype: samonthenet
> sam at media.com.au
> +61 412 238 041
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Sam de Silva
skype: samonthenet
sam at media.com.au
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