UNIX paranoia?

ln -s /dev/null .bash_history

Every logging facility, how ever miniscule or harmless it might appear, must be evaluated [and hopefully turned off].

This is especially important to check when installing new communication software for protocols like IRC, MSN, ICQ, Jabber etc..

SSL

Are you using mod_ssl on your webserver? Unless you run a very hightraffic website, there is hardly any reason not to.

Converting your http:// to https:// is one the first steps to not only protect your website, but also protect it's visitors.

The Onion Routing

From the website:

Tor is a toolset for a wide range of organizations and people that want to improve their safety and security on the Internet. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and other applications that use the TCP protocol. Tor also provides a platform on which software developers can build new applications with built-in anonymity, safety, and privacy features.

This program should be consider mandatory when connecting via untrusted network. Since there is no such thing as completely secure networks, this applies to all networks. ;)

Download and read installation guides on how to set it up for your specific platform:

http://tor.eff.org/

Idea for the name

I think I will go with the name Blindspot instead of Blind.

Blind is a good and proactive name, but I don't feel it describes the situation we're in. I do not believe we can successfully "attack" the beast at this point, so what we can do is retreat to areas outside of it's control, i.e. it's blindspots.

I still believe that attacking can serve several purposes, especially recreationally, and also for outlining and evaluating the technology we are opposing.

What is Blind?

Today I decided to start this blog on a project inspired by a lecture held at the 22C3 titled We Lost The War.

There was a longer article published in the 22C3 programme under the same name that will be published on this blog.

The main goal of Blind is to raise awareness of big brother and the Orwellish society we are rapidly developing, with the major speed increase coming from the events of 9/11.

We need to understand that there is a real threat today that grows stronger by the hour, and we need to understand that this threat is not "terrorism" or whatever buzzword the current fear hype is circulating.

The freedom of speech and expression is severaly threatened, and multiple laws are being deployed to give the state the power to monitor, harass and silence anyone at will.

The dark future we sought to prevent is already upon us; What can be encrypted must be encrypted.

The primary focus of Blind will be to give practical and philosophical guidelines on how to adopt and carry out a "secure mindset", to minimize the risk of compromised privacy.