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 us in any way—even for those who know how to look. Keep in mind that this is NOT your standard alias account. This account not only hides your name and identity from others on Facebook, but it also hides your identity from people or agencies that might be tracking your activity–not by hiding your name, but by making you into someone else.
Why This Needs to Be Split Into Multiple Articles
Because people have short attention spans, and because the actual process of setting up the framework and getting this put together requires very careful adherence to the process. Before you even create the account, you need certain things set up—including your own head and mindset. This is a building block exercise. Today we are simply exploring the concept. Next we will start making the building blocks necessary to create and run that alternate identity on Facebook—and ultimately online in general.
Why Have a Fake/Anonymous Facebook Account?
- Because you want to join groups and communities without it being displayed on your personal page.
- Because you don’t want people in the groups you’re joining to know who you really are.
- Because you don’t want people who add you or interact with you to know who you are.
- Because you don’t want your information tracked or cataloged.
- Because you plan to use Facebook as a means to disseminate and/or collect information and propaganda that you don’t want linked to you.
- Because you plan to use this account to infiltrate a group.
- Because you plan to derail discussions or do some social engineering/rapport building/elicitation.
- Because you can, and you shouldn’t have to explain why to anyone.
Any one of these reasons is reason enough, and you may have other reasons not listed here. Whatever your thought process, let’s assume that you want/need an anonymous Facebook account that is not in any way traceable back to you. The nice thing is, this process is repeatable as many times as you need.
The Mindset You Need
In order for this to work, it needs to be used a certain way. Before undertaking this, think through your purpose in creating this account and what you want to do with it. Keep in mind that if you just want an alias account there are ways to do that. This isn’t a how-to for making an account where your name is listed as Bamf Fo Real, or Sheepdog Extraordinaire, or *Your Name* followed by a III. That will not help you.
If you want an account where you have a new name and story, and you become someone else, that’s what this article is for.
DON’T try to make an anonymous account if:
- You plan to immediately add all the same friends you already have.
- You plan to use it to go right back to all of the same groups you’re already in.
- You plan to talk to your friends and family or even known contacts with it.
- You plan to list your location, hobbies, employer, or any other personal information.
- You plan to use it in any way that mimics how you personally, currently use Facebook.
- You cannot control your temper, need for attention, or need to be in charge of something.
- You plan to use it to engage in any kind of drama involving people already in your life (such as spying on your significant other or sending jackass messages to your arch-nemesis).
- You are too lazy to use it correctly (“I’m just gonna check this one thing quick while I’m here at home…”)
DO make an account if:
- You are joining your local leftist/anti-gun/communist/liberal group and you need a new ‘identity’ to get into it.
- You are planning to use the account for controlling discussion in various groups through tactics discussed elsewhere, such as these.
- You plan to use it for disruption in certain groups, or releasing information that exposes people.
- You don’t plan to really post anything but the kind of stuff your targets and/or groups are looking for and aren’t going to foster discussion on your page; you just want to be able to lurk.
- You need to have a Facebook account to ‘back up’ the name or identity you’re giving people for your liberty activities.
- You want to keep Uncle Sugar out of your liberty activities (if you plan to perform support functions and/or ‘gray’ activities, you need to keep Uncle Sugar out of your stuff).
Facebook is horrible. We all know that. However, there are times you may need to use it. This is for those times.
**Note: We are not advocating that you use this for illegal activity. We are not responsible if you decide to watch/buy/sell/interact illegal, immoral, or just plain disgusting stuff. Use your powers for good.
The Tools You Need
In order to pull this off, you need to have a few things in place. Setting up the account itself is rather simple, but you need to have a framework in place to make it as airtight as possible (keeping in mind that nothing is 100% perfect…this will definitely make them work for it, if they can get it at all). Here’s a basic list of things you need already set up. (We’ll go over these in more detail).
- Access to a VPN, ideally two. (check PrivacyTools.io for a list of solid VPNs that do not operate in the US.)
- An updated and current Tails OS running on a flash drive, or a virtual machine.
- The Tor Browser (found on Tails as well as a standalone for other uses)
- At least $20 in Bitcoin, already mixed, split, and sitting in an anonymous wallet (or five). Bonus points if you also have at least two other wallets in other cryptocurrencies and did some swapping back and forth there as well.
- A new name and basic cover (try this site if you get stuck thinking of a random name/identity).
What can we do with all of that? A lot.
In the next article we will walk through some of the steps necessary to set up your completely new identity on Facebook. In future articles we’ll go over how to flesh out that identity, give it some depth, and start using it for various activities even outside Facebook. In the meantime, get familiar with the tools and articles above, and start thinking about how to leverage them in your favor.