A FIELD GUIDE FOR THE AGE OF SUR­VEIL­LANCE

A for­mer hacker tells you how you can stay safe in The Art of In­vis­i­bil­ity.

HWM (Singapore) - - Q& A - by Alvin Soon

Y our on­line pri­vacy and se­cu­rity are at risk and you need to know how to de­fend your­self. Who bet­ter to learn dig­i­tal self-de­fense from than Kevin Mit­nick, the man who was once the US gov­ern­ment’s most-wanted hacker?

Af­ter serv­ing time for his crimes, Mit­nick has since turned to se­cu­rity con­sult­ing, and The Art of In­vis­i­bil­ity is his eld guide for the ev­ery­day per­son on how to stay se­cure on­line. The in­for­ma­tion ranges from ba­sic to in­ter­me­di­ate to hard­core; for ex­am­ple, you’ll learn why you should use a VPN, then how you can use a burner phone and two Bit­coin ac­counts to stay anony­mous on the In­ter­net.

Most of us won’t ever have to con­vince some­one to buy a burner phone (never buy one your­self, Mit­nick says, as se­cu­rity cam­eras at the store can ID you), but most of us can still un­der­stand the ad­vice writ­ten in The Art of In­vis­i­bil­ity, even if we don’t have IT de­grees.

How­ever, you’ll need to be pre­pared to take notes while read­ing, as Mit­nick’s ad­vice is sprin­kled through­out his sto­ries and info dumps. The book would have been a bet­ter ref­er­ence if Mit­nick had sum­ma­rized his tech­niques at the end of ev­ery chap­ter, or or­ga­nized it into an item­ized cheat sheet at the very end.

Even if you’re not the para­noid type, it’s still worth read­ing The Art of In­vis­i­bil­ity to un­der­stand just how eas­ily your on­line pri­vacy and se­cu­rity can be com­pro­mised these days, and the steps you can take to pro­tect your­self.

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