5 APR 2017 – Sparks-31 Down Grid Communications Update

Hi everyone, If you haven’t signed up for the June 3-4 Sparks-31 class here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, you’ve missed early bird pricing.  That’s OK, though – we still have room for some of you for only $250.  Tom recently posted a...

The Truth About Anonymous Accounts Online

The absolute first two things you need to ask yourself before trying to make an anonymous Facebook account are why do you want one and who are you hiding from? In fact, these two questions drive even the feasibility of your exercise.

Update on Sparks31 Comms Class

New Update: There are a few spots remaining. We are expecting a full class, and the longer you wait to register the more expensive it will be. If you register today you will have a full 30 days to send in payment; we will hold your spot for that time. DATE: June 3-4,...

How to Run an Anonymous Twitter Account

The Intercept has a fantastic write-up from front to back on how to create and maintain an anonymous Twitter account. Take special note of the warnings about leaking your identity. A lot of folks prefer not to use social media at all, and that’s fine.  For those...

Your Anonymous Browsing May Still Identify You

A disturbing study reported on the The Atlantic highlights something we already know: Human nature will screw us every single time; in short, you screw yourself. If you’re on Twitter, chances are that even if you are browsing anonymously, your history will...

Are Your Kids’ Toys Spying on Your Family?

Just when you think the surveillance state has reached the apex of creepiness, this happens. Consumer groups say that two toys made by Genesis Toys are spying on your kids–and that’s not all. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), along with the...

General Mattis on Reading

Hello Patriots, We normally try not to just dump links on the blog and prefer to offer commentary with it, but I’ll keep it brief so you can get to the meat of things.  I’ve been trying to catch up on Mattis since his legend has been rising to that of...

The Argument Against Patriot Rallies

It’s almost amusing to watch the same people who argued in favor of mass surveillance (for safety reasons of course), suddenly argue against it because Trump is President-elect. Slate opened their recent article with the statement “Donald Trump has shown...

TOWR Security Brief: 2 Nov 2016

It’s been a bit since we posted a Security Brief, so there’s a fair amount to go over. Let’s get started! Tor has released a user manual! If you find errors or bugs, they’ve requested that you let them know on their bug tracker. For those of...

Undercover Agent and Informant Manual

A little light reading. Say thank you to the State of New York and Academia.edu, who made the linked download possible. (You don’t need to sign in or sign up to download, but if you’re worried about it you should still use Tor/VPN/standard tradecraft.) In...

Facebook and Twitter Cutting Off Geofeedia, They Say

Last week I mentioned on PHS that “In the last few days, quite a ruckus is starting to brew, especially for those in the Seattle area, although those in Denver and other cities are also waking up mad” about the fact that 500 police departments were using a...

TOWR Basic Intro to Radio and Comms Class, 5 November

The Order of The White Rose (TOWR) will be running a 1 Day Basic Introduction to Radio and Communication Class November 5th 2016 in the Greater Seattle Area. Class will be 6 to 8 hours, cost is $50.00, location will be provided upon registration. Email us at...

Two Security Tools You May Want to Check Out

[Cross-posted at Patrick Henry Society] In a neverending quest to find more and better tools for security, I came across these recently and thought I’d pass them on. Hopefully you’re not still using LastPass, but if you’re looking for a password...

Recruiting on Facebook? You’re Doing It Wrong.

There’s an excellent article at Grugq regarding how police in Spain arrested a cell of five ISIS members. If you haven’t read it, you need to. Pay special attention to this part: The group used social media, specifically a Facebook page “Islam en...

TOWR Security Brief: 22 Sept 2016

Welcome to this week’s TOWR Security Brief. The privacy/tech world is constantly changing, and it’s important that you stay informed because any one of those changes may affect how you need to conduct yourself on the internet. Our briefs are designed to give you...

Software You Should Be Using

I listed Waiting for the Barbarians earlier today on a list of Sites You Should be Reading, and there’s a new post up that proves I was right about it being a must-read site. It’s an excellent list of software you should be using, and he takes the time to...

Sites You Should Be Reading: A Resource List From TOWR

Reading is one of the most important things you can do as a patriot/activist/whatever you’re calling yourself. As I wrote this week on Patrick Henry Society, learning is critical. There was a discussion on social media this morning about people who announce...

Signal Vulnerabilities Found: Update Immediately

One of the things we consistently teach in classes is that what is a good solution today may not be tomorrow. The tech landscape—and by default, the threat landscape within it—is constantly changing. It’s our job to stay on top of those changes, so...

Android Users: Google is Still Tracking Every Move You Make

If you’re an Android user, you need to read this. Google is all about surveillance. Remember the principle: The more convenient something is, the less secure it is. Google, it seems, is very, very interested in knowing where you are at all times. Users have...

Class Updates: Sparks31 is Coming Back!

We are pleased to announce that we will be offering several classes in the next few months, both in-person and through webinar. We will have solid dates for some of these in the next week or so, but here’s what we have planned for the next few months: TOWR Basic...

Are There Informants in Your Group?

RESISTANCE GROUPS Are There Informants in Your Group? TOWR Staff 30 August 2016 It’s the nightmare of any resistance group: a government agent or informant in their ranks. You might look at the members of your group and think of them as family. You may even be...

TOWR Security Brief: 25 August 2016

Hi everyone, Please accept our apologies for the delays on getting this brief out.  I’m filling in for Kit on this post, so the formatting might be a different than you’re used to. In this week’s brief, we’re going to talk about: Surveillance...

The One Thing You Should Never Do With a USB Stick

TOWR TECH & SECURITY The One Thing You Should Never Do With a USB Stick Kit Perez 8 August 2016 If you’re like most people, you probably have an assortment of USB sticks, also known as flash drives. They’re fairly cheap, super convenient, and have come...

The Myth of the National Three Percent Organization

A lot of people claim to be part of the Three Percent. A lot of people claim to know what the Three Percent stands for…but do they? There are quite a few myths out there about who we are and what we believe, and sadly, even some of the folks who claim to be in...

TOWR News: Webinars and More

It may seem like it’s been quiet in TOWR-land but that’s just an illusion. Behind the scenes there’s a lot going on, and it will result in better training and more availability for folks outside the Pacific Northwest. Webinars Over the last year,...

TOWR Guides: The Case for Throwaway Email Addresses

As of April of this year, there were 336,724,945 breached accounts in the Have I Been Pwned? database (yes, I suggest you go to that database and check your email addresses).  That number has since jumped to 1,307,907,501.  This means almost 1.5 BILLION people/credit...

Podcast Review: The Survival Podcast

Greetings Patriots! You’ll notice we’ve been largely silent about the current racial and police tensions on this site.  That’s because there’s been enough said everywhere else that wading in would not be helpful for anyone.  What I will say is...

Holding the Standard in the Three Percent

[Editor’s Note: Jeff Roberts, VP of the Oregon III%, co-wrote the below article. — KP] One look at the headlines in any given week will lead the average liberty loving, constitution carrying patriot to believe that really tumultuous times are just around...

Security Tips for Signal Users

If you’re a fan of the secure text messaging app Signal (and you should be), there are a few things you need to know about using it properly. From The Intercept: Lock Down Your Phone Common sense thing #1. There is no point to having a (more) secure texting app...

Elicitation: Is It Happening to You?

Something we don’t talk about often enough–and we should–is the concept of elicitation, or the process of getting someone to tell you information without them realizing they’re giving it to you. The biggest problem with it is simple: It’s getting done TO us a lot more than we’re doing it to anyone else. That needs to change.

Lessons for Vetting: UK Undercover Manual

This entry is part of 9 in the series Tradecraft for PatriotsGrugq has a link to very interesting material: a manual for undercover police work used in the UK. While you may flip through it, see the organizational stuff and wonder why it’s important, you may be...

Intro to Linux

Hi Patriots! My apologies, I intended to have some new original content for you tonight, but my computer had other ideas, and I ended up fighting with it and coddling it this evening.  It just goes to show that technology problems can hit any of us, even those of us...

Team Security and Vetting Class Being Rescheduled

In order to make it easier for students to attend, the Team Security and Vetting Class is being rescheduled for the fall. We’ll keep you posted on dates and times. In the meantime, three seats have opened up for this weekend’s Basic Privacy and Anonymity...

The Patriot Movement is Broke: Raising Funds

No, the title is not poor grammar; we aren’t talking about how the patriot movement is broken–although depending on who you ask, that may be true on some level as well. That’s another story for another time. The topic we’re discussing is that...

Podcast Review: Modern Combat and Survival

Greetings, patriots, it’s time for another podcast review. “If bullets were flying, your adrenaline surging, could you hit your target?”  This is how the Modern Combat and Survival podcast starts.  Host Jeff Anderson isn’t shy about mentioning...

FBI Wants No Privacy on Biometric Database

The FBI has a biometric database, and they don’t want there to be any privacy protections on it.  We JUST posted about how this week the federal appeals court gave the feds carte blanche to pull your entire location history from your cell phone provider without...

Court: No Location Privacy On Cell Phones

If you use a cell phone, by default you are “opting in” to warrantless surveillance and have no location privacy, according to a federal appeals court this week. This week, the full Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals—in a decision that impacts residents in...

Podcast Review: Prof CJ’s Dangerous History Podcast

In today’s podcast review we’re going to talk about Professor CJ’s Dangerous History Podcast. I’ll rob a basic description of the show directly from the “about” page: What is the Dangerous History Podcast? The goal of the Dangerous...

Keystroke Loggers in USB Chargers

The FBI, interestingly enough, is warning private industry partners to beware of “highly stealthy keystroke loggers that surreptitiously sniff passwords and other input typed into wireless keyboards.” You think? “If placed strategically in an office...

Sparks31: Down-Grid Communications Book Review and Thank You!

Good day, patriots! Recently a friend of TOWR gave us a copy of Sparks31’s latest tome, “Down-Grid Communications”.  It then, I’m sorry to say, sat on my shelf for a few days before I got around to picking it up. First of all, THANK YOU, Tom,...

Podcast Review: In the Rabbit Hole

It’s time for another podcast review.  This time we’ll look at the “In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast” (ITRH). I’ve been subscribed to ITRH for a few years now, but I feel like it’s gone a bit downhill over the years.  One...

Podcast Review: Ham Radio 360

Hello patriots! This week we’re going to start a new series of podcast reviews.  While in modern society we often focus on blog posts, videos, and books, podcasts fill a vital role for the commuter or anyone whose hands and eyes are busy, but whose brain is...

Garbage In, Garbage Out

There’s a saying when it comes to programming: “Garbage in, garbage out.” This refers to the results of executing a program; if you intend for your program to add two numbers, but provide it a letter and a punctuation mark as input, what comes out,...

How to Make a Truly Anonymous Facebook Account Part I

There are plenty of articles about how to use social media without making your information public, or leaking it to various ad services and info-grabbing bots. That’s not what we’re doing. We’ll be setting up a Facebook account that is not linked to...

Area Event: Beginning Blacksmithing

Here’s an area class readers may be interested in.   Instructor: Kelly Rigg Date(s): Sunday: May 1 Time: 10:00 am to 4 pm Location: Arbutus Folk School 610 4th Ave E Olympia Cost: $121 Registration closes: 3 days prior to class No. of Students: Min. 6 –...

Two Things You Need to Know About “Division”

We’ve seen it a thousand times. The words used may vary but the sentiment is the same. You’ve probably seen these. Maybe you’ve said them. Maybe you’ve been the target of someone’s accusations. What are they accusing you of? Division....

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