Online self-defence.

Whenever you connect with an electronic device, you create personal data. That's your dital self. Your cyber body, leaving fingerprints. Protect it carefully. Limit what you share and how you share it. Choose who tracks you and how. Choose who gets access to your data. It's obviously valuable!

Every day, the lines between viruses, adverts and surveillance technology are getting more blurry. They're all invasive and you're allowed to remove them from your own environment. You can opt out! Nobody deserves to be spied on, or to have their devices and lives hijacked. Don't continue to be stalked and recorded by unseen entities, for their gain and your loss.

Protecting the innocent.

We're not going to protect you if you're plotting acts of violence, or intending to harm the innocent. This site won't do anything to advise you and morally, we would have to inform legal authorities if we knew. But peaceful citizens should be allowed to live in freedom, not controlled by fear and constant monitoring. If you're doing nothing wrong and you're not a suspect, why would anyone want to track you and record your life? It's not a friendly act. Without your knowing consent, it's data theft and invasion of privacy.

That's why we're here! If you follow the advice on this site, you won't become invincible, that's impossible, but you'll be less of a target and you'll be wearing some light armour. That's the best you can hope for in Cyberspace! The rest is wits. Before you worry about installing security software, remember, the weakest points in most security systems are the humans using them. Take your security and backup plans seriously.

 

Staying safe:

YOU are the security, firewall and anti-virus. Don't rely on yet another app to protect you. There's no magic shield. And if your password is "password" or "123456" then you are literally begging to be hacked, jacked and left without an identity. Then again, many people don't even HAVE passwords for things like their smartphones or computers. You lock your house, you lock your car... so lock your technology! Oh and don't leave phones in your back pocket or open bag. That's the easiest fruit for snatchers to pick!

 

"My life was on that phone!"

 

There's no better protection for your devices than being super careful. Secure your devices yourself. Use a SIM PIN and encrypt your device, if you have those features (they're built into Android and iOS). Limit how much data your device shares. Start with the system settings. Always say "hello" to a new machine by playing with the "options", before installing anything!

Go easy when filling it with apps too. Use less software -- the fewer apps you have, the easier it is to fix problems! And don't trust apps blindly. The term "weaponised software" exists for a reason. Use basic, free tools which don't ask for personal info. Most companies only care about your wallet or your data. They lure you in with shiny bling and then, inevitably, they sell you out or they get hacked by even less scrupulous people, who use or sell your data. So, question things before you click your life away!

 

Online, there is no undo!

Be suspicious in the digital jungle, there's danger everywhere and it's real. This is not a video game. We're live!
#permadeath

 

Good safety practice:

1. Attitude - think like a secret agent, not a sheep! Change your habits. Train yourself.
2. Alias - don't give out your real details unless totally necessary. Have spare accounts.
3. Hijacking - beware links, attachments, USB devices, WiFi hotspots and Bluetooth. Try not to get infected.
4. Cookies - set your browser to delete cookies automatically, every time you close it.
(They're basically tracking devices. "Cookies" just sounds nicer than "bugs" or "trackers".) Yes, some are useful for storing settings but limit these to the most necessary and trusted only.
5. Log out - close online services if you're not actively using them.
6. Disable - Turn off any GPS, Bluetooth and location services unless you specifically need them. Wi-fi too.
7. Camera - yes, really. Cover it when not in use. Mute the mics too, if possible.

Save power, be more secure!