July 1st, 2020 @ 8:00am PST
We have been told to think twice about what we post online lest future employers see embarrassing Facebook photos or tweets, but there are far more drastic implications of putting your personal information out there in the wild.
Whether it be from an advertiser abusing online tracking to try to sell you their services, or an attacker trying to steal your identity, Internet privacy is not only important for businesses and government entities but every individual with an online presence.
A healthy obsession with operational security (OPSEC) is key to protecting yourself from cyber-criminals, hackers and governments from obtaining data that can be used to disclose sensitive information about you.
In this informal talk we’ll be introducing the concept of operational security and how you might begin to identify the information that is out there about you, analyze the risk of this exposure, and deny adversaries from exploiting this data. We’ll be touching on things like:
- Performing open source intelligence on yourself to see how an attacker might use public information against you
- Analyzing the potential risks of data in your digital footprint
- How to make it difficult for an attacker to do information gathering on you
- Best practices to protect your privacy such as VPNs, password managers, random emails addresses, and cautionary steps when using public wifi
The presentation will last ~20 minutes and we’ll use the rest of the time for open discussion. This will only be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to personal OPSEC, but hopefully it will give you a good start to improving your online privacy!