(1) Don't use social media [Avoid Facebook/Myspace/Twitter/Snapchat/etc.] (no brainer)
(2) Forward secrecy (keep your mouth shut about any personal info if you don't want to expose yourself)
(3) Use a cheap private VPN (w/ no IP logging) and Tor browser!
(4) Always disconnect your internet (physically) when you are not going to use it! Make sure bluetooth and WiFi is physically disabled. Don't keep it online all the time! If you do, you are asking to be hacked!
(5) Use an old "flipper" phone. AKA a jitterbug. Cover up any camera if has one. Jitterbugs are basic cellphones for people with disability problems / senior citizens! Just a bare basic cell phone where you can take out the battery. Has no internet platform. Burner phones are decent too.
(6) Flock to flea markets, garage sales, thrift shops to buy older electronics! Do not by 'smart' or 'green' appliances! Learn how to maintain and fix older products/utilities too! All IoT (Internet of Things) tech can be used to spy on you, avoid IoT!
(7) Never put your real name or personal info into your computer, always use FAKE names / aliases. Tell your friends to just hang out with you face-to-face instead of using social media. Enjoy hanging out with friends and family, you'll have a better time than chatting online.
(8) Use cash whenever possible. Credit Card and other digital transactions can be tracked and directly linked to you. Cash can be tracked too, but it is much harder to do and takes a lot of effort and human resources.
(9) Always bleach you browser cache / cookies / web logs! 35x gutmann style! (Bleachbit, Ccleaner, etc.)
(10) No OS is safe. Just exclude as much personal information you can from your Operating System. Make sure its disconnected offline when not being used! Make sure bluetooth and WiFi is also physically disabled when not in use.
(11) Browser Security: Use Noscript add-on. Noscript is a must: make sure to block all global scripts, wipe the whitelist in Noscript and re-configure the whitelist that best fits your browser habits. IPFlood is also a useful add-on to obfuscate IP GET requests. You should use Random Agent Spoofer (or Blender) to spoof your browser & OS metadata while you surf the web, making it a lot harder to track your activity. Tin Foil is another great security addon.
(12) Its best to have two computers, rather than just one. For example, have one just for banking / legit LEGAL purposes. Have another one (completely separated) just for private or illegal activity. Make sure you don't put any personal info in the private computer.
(13) Use encryption and strong passwords! Write them down on a piece of paper or memorize them. DO NOT store passwords on a computer file. That is a big no-no! Try easy to remember long sentances for passwords, and combine all the words together. The more characters used, the harder it is for hackers to break the passwords.
(14) Have separate email accounts for each kind of activity (legal or not, don't matter).
(15) Make sure you physically disconnect your web cam or cover it up with black electrical tape. Most laptops these days come with web cams attached above or below the monitor. Make sure the camera cannot be used to identify you or spy on you in any way. (Yes, webcams can be hacked / remotely hijacked to spy on you!)
(18) Never allow another person to use your computer. Make sure you routinely backup important files to a flashdrive or DVD and store that data offline. Also make sure you have a backup copy of the OS you use as well. If you ever have problems with your OS someday, just wipe your partitioned OS, and then re-partition the OS again yourself from scratch. Do not allow others to 'fix' your computer, they could easily steal information from your OS you might not want them knowing about. Geek Squad works with the FBI and other agencies to steal data from their customers, do not trust them to fix or repair your computer.
(19) Any photos you take with modern cameras contain EXIF metadata that contain GPS coordinates among other data used to identify the owner of the photo. If you store your modern photos online, people will be able to identify you. Don't do it! I repeat: do not post modern photos online unless you want to be identified!
Luckily I use an older laptop w/ linux installed. I also have an offline Win XP that I use to rip media with. I don't use "smart phones" or any of that Google crap. I backup all my software that I use to rip media with (like DVD Shrink and Handbreak) so I'm pretty immune to DRM. Also, the key to resisting planned obsolescence is to have backups of everything. Have a backup ISO of your operating system(s), have a backup computer, have backups of your media and software programs, have backup media player(s), etc.
Good example: Not only do I have DVDs to watch, I make sure I have the video files ripped to flashdrives + extra blank DVDs to rip them on encase the originals get scratched. Plus I an extra DVD player sitting in my closet, still in the box.
Google would piss their panties if they found out people have prepared for their cyber-takeover way in advance. I was one who predicted this 15 FUCKING YEARS AGO.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Friday it was testing a service in the Silicon Valley to deliver groceries straight to customers’ refrigerators as it looks to gain an edge over Amazon.com.
The retailer said it is partnering with August Home, a provider of 'smart locks' and 'smart home' accessories, to test the service.
The delivery person would get access to the customer’s house using a pre-authorized passcode and would put away groceries. This of-course is the surveillance state on steroids.
Not only is this ridiculous, privacy-invasive and potentially dangerous, imagine if hackers could gain access into your home? Burglers would easily take advantage of such unsecure online networks.
This whole "smart" fad is nothing more than a ruse to keep people lazy and easily vulnerable - not only to spying, not only to burglary and theft - but to a police state as well which will most obviously use this as an advantage to control the population.
It is our duty as sovereign citizens to say "NO!" to all this "smart" technology.