3.29.2018

Staying Safer Online


Always use Tor or a VPN, or both.  Keep all of your devices and browsers updated.

Clicking Links

The golden rule is never click links.  You can preview them first on any link shortener previewer.  Just bookmark them for easier access.
http://www.getlinkinfo.com/
http://www.expandurl.net/
http://www.checkshorturl.com/
http://wheredoesthislinkgo.com/

Tor

Make sure to download Tor from their main website - https://www.torproject.org/
Any downloads should be done directly from Tor's website, that includes phone apps.  There are phony apps in the app stores  https://www.torproject.org/download/download.html.en
Don't add any addons to Tor.  You have to look like everyone else.

VPN

Use a VPN whose main address is not in the United States and not in an NSA friendly country.
Which VPN Services Keep You Anonymous in 2017? https://torrentfreak.com/vpn-services-anonymous-review-2017-170304/

Phones

If anything asks for a phone number (although you should avoid the service if possible if they ask for one), use burner phones or public phones in coffee shops or such.  Buy the burner phones at any store and pay CASH.

Email

Never use your real email address in anything you want kept private. For example, have an email address you only use for Facebook, have an email address you only use for Twitter, etc. And don't have email addresses the same as your username, because it would be easy to guess an email address to hack.  

For example:
Tumblr / Twitter / Instagram username @JohnSmith is using email addy - JohnSmith@gmail dot com
Do not do the above because the email address is easily guessable.  Add numbers or extra words to the email addy such as JohnSmith2017OMGlulz@gmail or whichever email service you use.  

Note:People actually put their REAL NAMES on their email addresses and on many other services!  Don't do that!

Personal Information

Keep your mouth shut about your personal info.  Many, many people tweet all their info and pictures. Don't post pictures of your children, your job, etc.
Don't tweet personal pictures of yourself because a google image search can, in many cases, reveal who you are. Especially if the picture has been placed anywhere else online.  Google doesn't index all pictures but does index a good deal of them.
Even mentioning seemingly innocuous information can lead to hackers being able to guess your security questions.

Timezones

Change your timezone in all your accounts to trick people. People can deduce your location from what timezone you use. If you live in the Eastern timezone, choose Pacific, or use GMT, Etc. 

Twitter DMs 

Twitter employees can and do read your DMs. There is also always the risk that someone may hack your accounts and read your DMs. If sharing info - instead of DMs, use Privnote.  You can set it up to expire once it's been read.  https://privnote.com/
Using Tor Messenger will encrypt your twitter DMs.  It's still in Beta. https://blog.torproject.org/category/tags/tor-messenger

Other Useful Links 

A good private chat room for groups seems to be https://www.chatcrypt.com/.

Great guide for many privacy services - https://www.privacytools.io/
Tips, Tools and How-tos for Safer Online Communications


update: original author doesn't want credit
I've edited this article from the original, the original article can be found here - https://pastebin.com/uX17HnHi

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