There’s plenty of advice on how to secure your computer and smartphone, but most are targeted at law-abiding citizens looking to maintain personal privacy. One online publication, however, just released a guide for would-be Jihadists to keep clandestine plans from prying eyes.
The unpleasant realization you get while reading it: While it’s sound advice for terrorists looking to keep off the grid, some of it also makes sense for the rest of us, too.
Al-Minbar Jihadi Media Network, a well-known Islamic extremist organization, just published a new magazine with step-by-step directions for keeping plans private from the NSA or other government bodies. The 12-page online publication, first reported by The Wall Street Journal and translated by SITE Intel Group (subscription required), gives a series of suggestions for Internet security. And many apply to anyone interested in security.
Among the tips offered to the would-be extremist:
- Don’t trust anyone you meet online; use a different identity with everyone with whom you deal
- A phone can reveal your exact location [so] remove your phone battery and SIM before going to a sensitive location
- A laptop used for accessing the Internet shouldn’t be used for any other work
- Delete all messages after every exchange [pf course, nothing is ever truly deleted in the digital world... unless you really, truly go about it properly]
- Memorize your passwords [terrorists don't affix passwords on sticky notes to their machines, and neither should you]
- Don’t go online with your regular phone; go offline when you’re done
- Put no true information in any website registration [for years we've known that our online identities are stitched together by legitimate businesses—the more we give accurate information online, the easier it is to identify us for advertising and other activities]
- Tape over the front camera of your mobile phone [because "most mobile phones, including the iPhone and Galaxy, take a picture of your face"]
- Disguise your voice when making phone calls