“If You’ve Got Nothing To Hide, You’ve Got Nothing To Fear” – (Lies)

“If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear.” I HATE that saying.

A much better rebuttal:

“Give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I’ll find enough to hang him.” Bruce Schneier.

Whatever you do, say, have done, may have been associated with – a motivated and skilled attackers will find a way to use even the most positive, wholesome information about you against you, whether it be by prosecution, blackmail, extortion, or throwing you to spin out on the rumour mill.

WOuld you had over you credit card details to a stranger? Would you allow them to rig your home with video cameras livestreaming to the world 24/7?

What about those personal messages where somebody told you something in confidence? That is a major reason I do not allow people to use my phone. I’m not just protecting me, I’m protecting a lot of people.

Example:

Some people do not understand that basic fact. I had two young Constables turn up one day for a chat; long story short, a woman with a serious habit of self-destruction had clearly shared her phone around, lost it, showed a photo to a “trusted” friend, or simply had her phone “hacked”, and because of that, because she couldn’t take care of her own property, she lashed out. When the photographs of the other party (you can probably guess who) surface, well, I will know it will be her, intentional or not. Recklessness can still cause an action or inaction to become a crime.

Any material that myself and Special Technology Services handle is encrypted with 256-bit AES encryption, at the bare minimum.

Spam Calls And SMS – Block Them With The Truecaller App

It’;s a thing. It’s an app. iOS and Android. It’s great. Not only does it identify spammers, scammers, and robocalls, you can configure your phone to use it to ignore these calls. You can report new ones yourself and add to their database. It’s cheap too, monthly, but enough value that I get it cheaper by paying yearly.

It’s also able to find a few extra details – the operator of their phone network, sometimes general location (town for example), email address, sometimes an alias.

Highly recommended, even the free version.

Example below:

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Simple Way To Help Defend Your Website Against Attacks And DDoS

Want to know a simple way to stop your website from being hit by thousands of automated attacks every week? A FREE way.

Ban traffic from China, Hong Kong (aka China) and Russia (mostly China though.)

Some software allows this, some WordPress plugins do, but CloudFlare is my favourite here.

Sometimess you want their traffic, or you need to route internet traffic through their servers, as is the nature of the internet sometimes. So, you don’t block them outright – you instruct CloudFlare to issue them with a challenge (a captcha of varying difficulty.) You then set your server to ban an IP address after a large amount of 404 errors (file not found) in a short space of time.

Here’s a VERY small sample of what I recently had:

hong kong ddos

How I fixed it? Screenshot follows…

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