If you want to make sure, that the government you’re escaping from doesn’t find you through the Internet, you should follow this guide.
Most of us smartphone owners use all kinds of social media and communication applications everyday to connect with family and friends back home, but that can put your life in risk. If you’re not aware of your online security, it is very easy for the authorities you’re escaping from to collect all the information they need to track and hunt you down.
This has happened for Moosa from Bahrain, who was hijacked by a spyware by the government he was escaping from (Read more).
Simple ways to protect your online identity
- Exclude important personal information from your social media profiles
Such as real names, address, email, phone number or any other type of real information.
- Check your social media privacy settings
Change all Facebook settings to “Friends Only” for all posts for a more secure profile. Facebook often makes changes to these settings and, when it does so, can even reset your secure settings.
- Protect your online passwords and strengthen them too
Many of us use passwords we won’t easily forget, like 1234, our birth dates, or our home towns. But the rule is, if they’re easy to remember, they’re easy to crack, too.
- Check your phone’s privacy settings
Turning your GPS location settings to “off” can also keep your whereabouts more private.
- Watch out for ‘phishing’ emails
Spam email is getting more and more sophisticated. Never respond to any emails with account info or passwords.
- Keep your communications networks secure
Password protect your Wi-Fi so hackers in the local area can’t use your connection to carry out malicious activity.
- Use a VPN to connect to the internet
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network technology that creates a secure network connection over a public network such as the Internet or a private network owned by a service provider. Large corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies use VPN technology to enable remote users to securely connect to a private network.
- Use Tor protected browser
The Tor software protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location, and it lets you access sites which are blocked. (Download it)