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Cybersecurity essentials:

Cybersec_General Jul 12th, 2017 (edited) 7,896 Never
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  1. Cybersecurity essentials:
  2.  
  3. * use audited cryptography. do not roll your own. do not trust others that do (e.g., telegram).
  4.  
  5. * harden your OS.
  6.   https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Security
  7.   https://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/OS_Protection
  8.   https://wiki.debian.org/Hardening
  9.   https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Hardened_Gentoo
  10.   https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/17/html/Security_Guide/chap-Security_Guide-Basic_Hardening.html
  11.   https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Security
  12.  
  13. * encrypt your hard drive (full disk encryption, or FDE for short).
  14.   standard LVM encryption is the best option and should be available when installing your linux distro.
  15.  
  16.       for a disk that is not part of your operating system, a portable drive for example, dmcrypt/LUKS is the best option but veracrypt is
  17.       available on all platforms. keep in mind your installer may or may not encrypt your GRUB and there are several ways of dealing with
  18.       that issue which are discussed in the Paranoid #! security guide linked in the introductory resources below. keep in mind disk
  19.       encryption means nothing to an experienced attacker with physical access if you have not completely shut down your computer and
  20.       wiped the RAM.
  21.  
  22. * encrypt your emails.
  23.   PGP is pretty much all we have, but it is all we need.
  24.   https://www.enigmail.net/
  25.  
  26.       your metadata may still be collected. if you care about metadata, use a disposable email account or a trusted provider. suggestions
  27.       include protonmail or cock.li.
  28.  
  29. * encrypt your instant messages.
  30.   for better or worse XMPP+OTR is still our best bet.
  31.   https://otr.cypherpunks.ca/
  32.  
  33.       i would not depend on anything else. even if the crypto in other apps is theoretically sound, the implementation fails or the
  34.       distribution method is inherently flawed. cryptocat is an unpopular, but good option. telegram, tox, and wickr are fucked. do not
  35.       even bother. you might as well use skype.
  36.  
  37. * use a local password manager (no cloud bullshit).
  38.   any. it is better than what you are doing now.
  39.  
  40. * strong passwords. make sure they are long and unique.
  41.   https://www.xkcd.com/936/
  42.  
  43. * do not reuse passwords. seriously.
  44.   if you do, consider your password public knowledge.
  45.  
  46.       bypassing a login wall? sure. fuck it. who cares if someone else uses it.
  47.       anything you care about? no. absolutely not.
  48.  
  49. * better yet, use randomly generated passwords. the best password is one you cannot remember.
  50.   https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm
  51.  
  52. * your new search engine is duckduckgo or searx.
  53.   https://duckduckgo.com/
  54.   https://searx.me/
  55.  
  56. * your new browser is firefox.
  57.   be sure to go into options, then security, and uncheck block malicious content.
  58.   https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
  59.  
  60. * modify some settings
  61.   enter about:config into your url bar and apply the following modifications. do not bitch about there being too many options. that is the
  62.   fucking point. you cannot even configure many of these settings in other browsers without modifying its source or building addons.
  63.   https://pastebin.com/raw/T8TeepZP
  64.  
  65.       the changes listed above are unambiguous and unopinionated. you can go a much further than this at the expense of comfort and
  66.       convenience. consider modifying some of the settings listed on https://github.com/pyllyukko/user.js/blob/master/user.js depending on
  67.       the sacrifices you are willing to make for privacy and security.
  68.  
  69. * now install your addons.
  70.   required: ublock origin, https everywhere, noscript, blender
  71.   https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/
  72.  
  73. * apply your filters.
  74.   required: easylist, easyprivacy.
  75.   https://easylist.to/
  76.  
  77. * and test your results.
  78.   https://panopticlick.eff.org/
  79.  
  80. * do not use chrome. chrome is a closed source browser by a for profit corporation. firefox is an open source browser by a non-profit
  81.   organization. use your head.
  82.  
  83. * do not use chromium either. it may be open source, but it still phones home.
  84.  
  85. * block malicious sites in your hosts file.
  86.   https://github.com/StevenBlack/hosts
  87.  
  88. * use an anonymous VPN. a paid one. without traffic logs.
  89.   do torrent over VPN.
  90.  
  91. * use TOR.
  92.   do not torrent over TOR.
  93.   https://www.torproject.org/
  94.  
  95. * understand the difference between anonymity, privacy, and security.
  96.  
  97. * read the resources paste to get started.
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