Friday, July 30, 2010

OPSEC Refresher

By Flea - Be A Survivor

I have written about OPSEC in the past but some people are truly dim when it comes to protecting their shit. What I am talking about isn’t necessarily goods like food, guns, and gear. I am talking about your identity.

People will sign up for the stupidest stuff to get a free tee shirt, coupon, or some other worthless piece of hermit crab crap. If someone wants information from you in return for some trinket, tell them to hit the highway. Nothing is worth giving up information about yourself that could possibly be used for nefarious purposes. Keep your information close to the cuff and only use it when absolutely necessary.

The less information out there in out there in the wild about you, the better it is for you. A fun exercise is to go to Umbrella Corp…err uh I mean Google and type in your full name and see what interesting tidbits pop up. Hopefully not a whole hell of a lot because once the genie is out of the bottle there ain’t much you can do about it.

One of the first things you need to do is if you have a Facebook page keep that set to private and “Friends Only” don’t allow those bastards to publicly index your page. God I hate Facebook but how the else I am supposed to see pictures of the people I love doing stupid stuff. Not to mention the family arguments and knock down drag out fights I get to witness played out for all your friends to see…those are priceless. Better yet don’t have a Facebook page under your real name…or at all for that matter.

Eliminate as much physical mail as possible from being delivered to your address. There are even organizations out there that can help get you off marketer’s lists, just make sure you use the reputable ones (it should be FREE). Those pesky meth heads love driving around and stealing mail from mailboxes, especially outgoing mail so they can wash your checks (look it up) and fund their Dexter’s Laboratory of horrors. They are like roaches, in fact there will probably only be roaches and meth heads left after the big one hits.

Speaking of paying your bills online (well how the hell else you gonna protect yourself from the aforementioned meth heads?) Get yourself 3 programs for your computer: antivirus software, a firewall, and a good spyware program, all can be had for free “just Google it” (GOD I hate the F’in phrase). The main thing is to stay away from the porn sites….yeah I know none of you do that but in case we get a new person here I have to say it. They are a cesspool of malware, viruses, and other stuff that even a shot of penicillin won’t cure.

Don’t pay for shit online with your debit card. The big difference between a credit card and a debit card is the money comes right out of the bank with a debit card. If there is an issue and you get charged $2,000 instead of $20.00 because some dipshit missed a decimal then guess what?...your screwed. SURE you’ll eventually get your money back but do you really have an extra $1820 lying around??? So between the meth heads cashing your checks and the porn site charging you $2000 instead of $20.00 you can see how this can quickly spiral out of control.

And for crying out loud do not sign up for those bullshit services like LifeLock. Todd Davis, yeah the dumbass with his SSN# on the side of the truck…well what they don’t tell you is his identity has been stolen at least 13 times already (Google it). All the stuff “they do” for you, you can do yourself (namely place a freeze on your credit by calling the credit reporting agencies).

The main thing people is to just be careful, don’t do anything stupid and if something seems too good to be true than it most likely is, period.

This discussion is to be continued…I could tell you when but then I would have to kill you.

That is all...

6 comments:

  1. Be careful of services that data-aggregate like this, too: http://www.mylife.com/

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  2. It all comes down to the dollar. Internet marketing companies (and big business) want to track where we go and what we do on the web, all so they can target us for ads and services.

    Facebook is love/hate for me, too.

    - Ranger Man

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  3. Funny thing is, even though I have a fairly big *footprint* online...I blog, belong to several forums, have facebook AND myspace...when I google my name or even go to peoplesearch, I get no hits. I have NEVER joined any forum that demanded my real name.I do not have a phone in my name. I sublease my apt.All my utilities (including cable and internet) came included in my rent. I even work "under the radar", so to speak. None of this is hard to do, if you you just be as cautious about tossing your name around as you would be about tossing money around!

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  4. When I go to trade shows/conventions, I am constantly amazed at the stupid things normal people will do for a free T-shirt.

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  5. I want to protect my identity and also want to get the mails which are only reputable ones and not those which are sending by companies to keep their market high.

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  6. Many folks don't even stop to consider the information that they are hemorrhaging. Unfortunately there are those individuals and services that make a living collecting and distributing said information.

    The internet is someplace that you definitely want to minimize your informational footprint.

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