Everyday it seems to get harder and harder to make sock puppet (i.e. ‘fake’) accounts for OSINT research. Services want more information. They require real (non-VOIP) phone numbers. They assume using a VPN = sketchy.
Personally, I blame Russian troll farms.
Regardless of the reasons and restraints, there’s good news for us OSINT investigators. As long as they want to stay in business and grow, the services have to let new users sign up. So all we have to do is convince them that that’s what we are — legit, new users.
As of March, 2021, these are the exact…
A quick Google search (or, preferably, DuckDuckGo) for domain privacy protection can lead to some questionable resources. Most of the articles combine accurate information with biased sales pitches written by domain registrars looking to sell their services. You can’t blame them, it’s content marketing for their business. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it can make it hard to trust the info. Here, I provide a simple and unbiased explanation of domain privacy without ties, links, or referrals to any particular services.
The Firefox web browser can be, in my opinion, the most private, secure, and productive way to browse the internet… but only when it’s configured properly.
For those of you willing to take the time to properly configure Firefox, and learn to use browser extensions, I believe this is the best way.
For those of you not willing to take the time, I highly recommend Brave Browser over Chrome, Safari, etc. …
I initially created this personal data removal & privacy protection checklist for personal use. To keep better track of which super-sketchy data brokers I’d removed my data from… and which to continue battling.
This checklist is intended to be a good starting point to your personal privacy protection journey.
It’s not all-inclusive.
In addition to this list, I highly recommend following Michael Bazzell’s “Personal Data Removal Workbook & Credit Freeze Guide” which he provides free on his site inteltechniques.com
It’s an extremely thorough and helpful resource which provided much of the inspiration for this list.
In case you’d rather search…
A reader recently asked me “How can I learn to become a data scientist?”
(Yes, I actually have a reader. Who woulda thunk it?)
Great question, Ian, especially considering the field is red-hot right now and shows no signs of slowing down!
In 2018 demand for data scientists grew by 29%. This highlights the 344% increase since 2013 according to reports by Indeed and Dice. The supply of qualified candidates, however, drastically lags behind.
Proof of Keys is a movement started by well-known crypto investor Trace Mayer through Twitter. On Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 investors are being urged to move their cryptocurrency off of exchanges (Coinbase, Binance, etc.) and into a Bitcoin wallet where they have control over the private keys.
January 3rd, 2019, is the 10-year anniversary of the Bitcoin ‘genesis block’ being mined. Proof of Keys is intended to become an annual tradition so a date that’s easy to remember, as it celebrates the creation of the Bitcoin blockchain, was chosen.
As Trace Mayer stated in his tweet, “Not your keys; not…
Despite all the hype around the ‘gig economy’ and never-ending clamor about millennials job-hopping… many IT professionals are still looking for a career. As technology advances so does the knowledge needed to find, and keep, a sustainable job in the tech sector. Specialists need not only to stay relevant, keeping up on what’s new, but be proactively learning innovative skills before they’re commonplace. Distributed ledger technology (DLT) is still in its infancy, and demand for skilled developers continues to rise, so there’s never been a better time to learn.
Or stocks, or forex (foreign exchange market), or anything for that matter. No “Ultimate Guide” exists. No shortcuts actually work. There are no guaranteed ways to make a profit. As commodities trader Roy L. Smith once said, “The perfect strategy works every time until you start using it.”
By traditional measures 10 years isn’t much of a history. Fortunately Bitcoin, and crypto in general, is anything but traditional. To celebrate the decade-long venture that has been cryptocurrency enjoy these 10 interesting facts, 1 for each year of Bitcoin’s existence.
2008: The “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System.” white paper was published under the pseudonym ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ (duh).
2009: The first Bitcoin ‘Genesis Block’ was mined, the first transaction was made and the first iteration of the BTC software was released.
2010: The first purchase of physical goods using Bitcoin was made when Laszlo Hanyecz paid 10,000 for roughly…
Thursday, October 18th, the granddaddy of all privacy coins underwent a major hard fork.
Oh…you didn’t hear about this one?
That’s likely because Monero (Ticker: XMR available on Binance and most popular exchanges) has done a stellar job of controlling the narrative and branding it a ‘protocol upgrade’ rather than a ‘hard fork’.
And, yes, that’s a good thing.
(Edit 12.5.2018: While I have not received compensation, all opinions are my own, this post does include referral links where applicable)