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 you who are using Facebook to “check in” at the Standing Rock pipeline protest, you’re not fooling anyone. While not everything in this article is correct, if you’ve paid attention to what’s going on in the surveillance state at all, you already know this. Besides, why show solidarity for a conflict that’s been so thoroughly debunked?

If you’re a Linux geek, you might want to check out Snort if you don’t already know about it. Even if you think it’s a bit above your level, learning is good.

If you’re an Android user, you might be interested in this guide on how to harden your system…well, as much as possible, that is.

From Slashdot: Google has quietly changed its privacy policy to allow it to associate web tracking, which is supposed to remain anonymous, with personally identifiable user data. This completely reneges its promise to keep a wall between ad tracking and personally identifiable user data, further eroding one’s anonymity on the internet.

Just when you thought Facebook couldn’t get any creepier…it does.

Here’s a pretty interesting article about how human nature means truth no longer matters. Yeah, it’s from the NY Times, but read it anyway.

And for a final bonus, here are two from MDT that you should read immediately.

If you haven’t registered for our comms class this weekend or our Privacy webinar later this month, email us at and we’ll get you in! You’ll definitely want to take the comms class if you want to keep up in Sparks31’s amazing two-day hands on class in the spring.


Author: Kit Perez

Kit Perez is a liberty activist, longtime writer, and intelligence analyst specializing in deception detection and HUMINT. She is prior Air Force, holds a degree with honors in Counterintelligence and has a Master's in Intelligence. She writes at

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