Disposable Emails and Burner Phone Numbers

Using disposable emails and burner phone numbers could be part of your privacy system.  Using disposable emails in replying to dubious sources may be a great idea, protecting your real identity from SPAM and perhaps worse.  Likewise doing the same with burner phone numbers, perhaps for a blind date or other connection where it is not initially known how things might go.  Protect yourself from being stalked or truly identified.  This DOES NOT protect your physical phone from being identified by sophisticated or determined adversaries.

 

Solutions to consider include:

Disposable Emails

Spamex.com

Spamgourmet.com

E4ward.com

Mailinator.com

Burner Phone Numbers

From iPhone App Store or Google Play, consider such products as Burner, LoudCloud and Shuffle.

 

CloudPets left their database exposed publicly to the web without so much as a password to protect it.

The Internet Of Things, needs to be taken seriously both by us, the consumers, and by the manufacturers.  According to Troy Hunt, Austratian Security Blogger, an interactive, internet-connected, Teddy bear has apparently been seriously compromised. Kids’ voices were recorded, uploaded and then as many as 2.2 million recordings may have been leaked!  Watch the video by clicking on image below to see what CloudPets is all about.  For more details go to Tony Hunt’s blog.

 

Please note that we do NOT embed YouTube Videos on Stealth.Systems

because they use tracking software like Double Click to track your behavior.

Privacy and Security – Your Browser and Tracking

Understanding how you are tracked  through your browser is integral to managing your privacy.  The first place to start is choosing a web browser.  Among the most popular, Edge/Explorer, Chrome, Safari and FireFox, consider the motivations of the organizations behind them.  Microsoft, Google, Apple and Mozilla.  Only Mozilla does not have a big data gathering engine attempting to absorb any scrap of data on you.  So go with FireFox.  Their philosophy aligns closely with Stealth.Systems as they readily provide information on how to address many of the same digital privacy issues.  So install FireFox, and check that your core extensions like Java, Flash etc. are up to date.  Further tighten up your browser configuration by going to Mozilla’s “Smart on Tracking” page to tighten up your browser’s config.

Now add some additional extensions just for revealing and blocking the extensive attempts coming at your browser.

Ghostery – Detects and blocks tracking technologies to speed up page loads, eliminate clutter, and protect your data.

NoScript – The NoScript Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox, Seamonkey and other mozilla-based browsers: this free, open source add-on allows JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plugins to be executed only by trusted web sites of your choice (e.g. your online bank).

Lightbeam – Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that uses interactive visualizations to show you the first and third-party sites you interact with on the Web. As you browse, Lightbeam reveals the full depth of the Web today, including parts that are not transparent to the average user.

Now start browsing and prepare to be amazed at how much is coming at you and how much safer you have become.

Many Americans Do Not Use Best Practices With Digital Security And Do Not Trust Institutions To Protect Their Information


Many Americans fear they have lost control of their digital security and are concerned that public and private institutions are unable to keep their personal information safe.  Whether hacks we all witnessed in the 2016 presidential election or massive breaches reported by Yahoo in a very delayed manner, all seems lost.  Malicious hackers, politically motivated operatives, rogue government agencies or skilled pranksters all are at our collective throats doing harm.

According to a Pew Research Study conducted in early 2016, many still do believe all is well.  Yet half do not think Federal Government or Social Media sites are up to the task.  The same study also showed that the younger you are the more you might favor unbreakable technology (even by law enforcement).

See complete article by Pew Research

There is action you can take to protect yourself.   Check out my list of Actionable Solutions