[cryptome] Re: Buying a A New Laptop? - coreboot

  • From: Shaun O'Connor <capricorn8159@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:54:53 +0000

oh and ensure you are not emanating excessive thermal energy from your
body, thermal imaging cameras are quite well developed these days.

On 20/03/2015 14:31, Andrew Hornback wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 5:17 PM, Shelley <shelley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> <mailto:shelley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
>     On March 19, 2015 7:34:23 AM Gary L Wallin <garylwallin@xxxxxxxxx
>     <mailto:garylwallin@xxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
>         *I use this computer for MyRecyleStore on eBay. Only had to
>         reinstall
>         software a few times in the last 3 weeks. Yesterday I became
>         convinced
>         that Microsoft really is taking us to the Panopticon. I turned
>         on the
>         'Hey Cortana' button, and the blue led on my Microsoft Lifecam
>         came on
>         permanently. Now I feel like I have to get dressed before I
>         use the
>         computer each morning because someone might be watching me. *
>     Keep a small piece of thick paper or card stock taped over the
>     lens when you're not using it.  If you never use it, physically
>     disable/remove the webcam or put black electrical tape on the lens.
> I've seen folks simply put a piece of tape over the lens... great
> idea, if you never want to use the camera; but in the event that you
> do, having adhesive residue distorting your lens is unprofessional.  
> On some systems, it's possible to disable the camera (and mic)
> hardware in the BIOS... For others, it's possible to remove the
> drivers so that the operating system never sees it.  Both have other
> caveats.  
>     Don't forget about the mic.  Physically disable if not needed,
>     otherwise cover when not in use.  It need not be conspicuous;
>     cutting a tiny bit of cotton from the end of a cotton swab and
>     placing it over the mic pinhole with a small piece of electrical
>     tape works well enough and is barely noticeable.
> Just because you're blocking the primary point of entry for a
> microphone doesn't mean that it can't be used to pick up other things
> - which may or may not be useful to whoever wants to listen.  
> Personally, if someone wants to wiggle their way into my fleet of
> electronics in order to build their own version of "The Truman Show"
> featuring me... I'd be highly flattered.
> If you want complete and utter privacy, I'd recommend purchasing an
> old missile silo in the upper Midwest of the US (with known,
> documented and limited points of entry) and refurbishing it into a
> home... as well as limiting the utilities coming in (generate your own
> power, dig your own well) since any cables protruding from the home
> could be used for eavesdropping, etc.
> http://www.silohome.com/ (no affiliation).
> --- A


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