On this page you will find some Tips that I have posted on Twitter. Due to the ever changing worlds of Cyber & Digital I have included the date of when I posted the Tip.
Google Locked Folder
With all the daily news on breached data, T-Mobile being the latest why not improve your Cyber Security & Privacy and have regular GDPR reviews. Delete your data from companies and services you no longer use.
Google Locked Folder
How to enable and set up a locked folder in Google Photos
Launch the Google Photos app.
Tap on the Library tab at the bottom of the page.
Tap on the Utilities button at the top of the page.
With the Locked Folder set up, you can move photos from your account directly into the Locked Folder.
Mobile Phone Privacy
Be careful what details you disclose in your emergency contact or medical information. Remember it can be accessed by anyone form the locked screen of your mobile.
They simply have to press the emergency call icon to access the information you have put.
Don’t over expose yourself unnecessarily as the information could be used to smish or phish you, or identify your home address.
You can also protect your mobile number by restricting who it is displayed to when you call anyone. You can do this in the settings of your phone.
Android (Will vary) – Phone Icon – Settings – Calls – Additional Settings – Caller ID
Apple – Settings – Phone – Calls – Show My Caller ID
3 ways to check a number on WhatsApp without syncing your contacts.
Privacy Health Check
https://clickclickclick.click – fun example of how websites interpret your behaviour.
https://themarkup.org/blacklight – tells you what trackers and cookies a website is using.
https://tosdr.org/ – rates the term of services of a website.
https://www.securemessagingapps.com/ – rates messenger apps.
https://justgetmydata.com/ – tells you how to obtain your data.
https://browserleaks.com/ – browser fingerprinting tools.
Use Windows Offline
I know Windows is not the best for privacy. That may even be an understatement, however so many people us it. This article explains how to circumnavigate Windows forcing you to create an online account.
Find Keywords in a YouTube Video
• Open the video in question
• Click on the three horizontal dots
• Open Transcripts
• Ctrl+F (or Cmd+F)
• Type in, “Keyword”
Probably one of the easiest things you could do to protect yourself, if your files are ever infected with malware, is to have an offline backup.
Researching LinkedIn without an account. Try Bing as your search engine. I have had some good responses to it allowing me to see the landing page of a profile, even when using a VPN however the lifespan of this access is limited when using one. I still prefer the power of Google advanced search operators but try Bing’s it throws up some good results too. Mix and match for best results.
Apple Air Tags & Samsung Smart Tags
With the emergence of Apple Air Tags & Samsung Smart Tags, now maybe is a good time to turn off Bluetooth, Location Services and Find My Phone. These little devils utilise your Bluetooth and Location to work out where they are.
If you are lucky enough to own an Android you can also switch off Bluetooth scanning in your settings. Apple doesn’t allow you to do this as apparently, it affects their ability to provide precise location data.
Settings – Location – Wi-Fi Bluetooth Scanning (May differ with Android manufacturer)
OSINT & Hardware Acceleration.
If you use @hunchly and @VMware virtual machines together for your OSINT you may have issues around colour opacity, this can be a result of, “Hardware Acceleration”
It can be remedied in either the settings of the VM or the Browser you use, by disabling hardware acceleration.
Email & Mobile Hygiene
Take a stepped approach to the use of emails and mobiles, Primary, Secondary & Disposal:-
Primary email and mobile for the financial side of your life. Never share them with anyone, including family.
Secondary can be used for less important matters, such as online services or memberships, where you have regular contact.
Disposal or Alias use when you are purchasing online where there is no need to create an account.
For those of you who live in Europe, do you ever click on the Cookie options popup or do you just press accept? For privacy reasons, don’t select the default, accept all. Click and manually only allow, essential options. Some sites have a frightening array of trackers deployed.
One of the be benefits of @MySudoApp is you can keep your all important network mobile number safe. The number you use for banking that you also use on SM & IM platforms as well as buying online. Keep it safe, MySudo is one way you can. Reduce the risk of smishing.
I know the cost of hardware to support sock accounts in OSINT can sometimes be an issue. Android phones now come with the facility to create a separate user account.
Samsung phones also have the Knox vault which enables you to have a second account secured in the vault with its own apps. (Not available on every model)
Maybe a good Privacy & OPSEC tool too.
I want to share two little tricks that may help with privacy & cyber-security. Consider creating two accounts on Windows, an Admin & User. By only being a User you will need to use a password to carry out certain task, like exe a program. This may safe you from certain Malware.
Some Malware require Admin privileges. Also it is a safeguard from accidentally opening something you didn’t want to.
Why not consider a virtual desktop, if in these times you are working agile and sharing your desktop on meetings. WIN + Ctrl + D will create a second desktop.
Photo Privacy & OPSEC
Privacy tip, if you have a Google account don’t forget to enable, ‘Remove geo location in items shared by a link.’ This setting relates to photos you have taken and shared. You can disable, ‘Save location,’ in your cameras settings too.
OSINT & Privacy tip, I’m not a massive user of Chrome mobile browsers but in the settings – privacy you can set secure DNS to one of your choice, Cloudflare is also a default option.
If you want permanent Chrome incognito browser on your mobile. Menu -> Long press on Chrome Icon.
Long press on the Incognito tab or drag and place the Incognito shortcut to home by holding the dual horizontal lines. You can now directly open Incognito mode.