Source: some random .ru site

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 servicesto 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 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.

Topics Covered:

  • What is Domain Privacy Protection?
  • Does Domain Privacy Protection Really Keep Me Private or Anonymous?
  • Do I…

How I secure, privatize, and customize my Firefox browser to protect personal privacy and gather open source intelligence

Photo Credit: Kevin Beck


The Firefox web browser can be, in my opinion, the most private, secure, and productive way to browse the internet…

This is my personal Firefox configuration. Much of the inspiration came from “Open Source Intelligence Techniques — 7th Edition” by Michael Bazzell (of IntelTechniques) and

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 to take the time, I highly recommend Brave Browser over Chrome, Safari, etc. …

Opt-out of these massive data brokers profiting off of your name, home address, phone number, relatives, and more

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’ 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
It’s an extremely thorough and helpful resource which provided much of the inspiration for this list.

In case you’d rather search…

Learn how to become a data scientist in 8 steps with these free resources

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.

On January 3rd, 2019 crypto traders will take part in the Proof of Keys day. Thanks, HitBTC, for showing why we should care.

What is Proof of Keys anyway?

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 of exchanges (Coinbase, Binance, etc.) and a Bitcoin wallet where they have control over the private keys.

Why January 3rd?

January 3rd, 2019, is the 10-year anniversary of the Bitcoin being mined. 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.

So what’s the point of Proof of Keys?

As Trace Mayer stated in his tweet, “Not your keys; not…

The price of Bitcoin may be volatile but the demand for certified blockchain programmers just rises. Learn the skills & build the dApps that blockchain companies want in 2019.

Why learn blockchain programming?

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 befhey’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.

Use the top five free resources to start swing and day trading cryptocurrency like a pro… or better

There is no ‘right’ or ‘perfect’ way to trade crypto

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, “.”

Learning the crypto market can be a bit like diving into a ball pit…

Celebrate Bitcoin’s 10th anniversary, and brush up on your Bitcoin history trivia, with 1 fact per year from 2008 to 2018.

By traditional measures 10 years isn’t much of a history. Fortunately Bitcoin, and crypto in general, is anything 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…

Not all crypto forks are created equal… here’s what you need to know about XMR 0.13.0

Image courtesy of SatoshiCollection on Instagram

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 thing.


A hard fork is little more than a protocol upgrade where mom and dad refuse to share custody.

Matty Bv3

Privacy | Security | OSINT

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