The Guardian interviewed Edward, and it’s a fascinating read/watch at any rate, but relevant to our 10th tip is this quote: “He puts a large red hood over his head and laptop when entering his passwords to prevent any hidden cameras from detecting them.”

This little fact occurred to me one day while logging into my computer in an airport. If I’m typing in my passwords while sitting in front of a surveillance camera, I’ve essentially given away my passwords to anyone with access to the camera. A quick way to mitigate this vulnerability to all but the most well-placed cameras is to simply tilt down the screen of your laptop such that it covers your fingers on the keyboard while typing your password.

Here’s another one for the less paranoid: key loggers. Any time you’re using a computer other than your own (and sometimes, even your own) there’s a risk that software is installed to record all keystrokes. Computers at Internet cafes are especially vulnerable to this. Try not to use public computers for entering passwords that can access financial accounts, which is what most hackers will target.

Stay tuned for the big announcement in half an hour… 🙂


This is one of a 30-part series, “No Surveillance State Month,” where daily for the month of June I’ll be posting ways to avoid invasion of your privacy in the digital age. The intent of these posts is not to enable one to escape detection while engaging in criminal activity — there’s still the old-fashioned “send a detective to watch you” for which these posts will not help. Rather, this series will help you to opt-out of the en masse collection of data by the government and large corporations that places Americans in databases without their knowing and freely-given consent for indefinite time periods. We all have the right to privacy, and I hope you demand it.