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:
Burner Phone Numbers
From iPhone App Store or Google Play, consider such products as Burner, LoudCloud and Shuffle.
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.
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 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
Getting past customs carrying no technology is perhaps your best bet. But, if you have to bring tech with you here is a guide developed by Wired magazine that may help.
See Wired Guide