Opsec Measures

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Recommended Measures

Here you will find resources that will help you from a technological operational security perspective. OPSEC is much more than simply what networks and technology you use.

Make sure that you use a separate and fully encrypted computer to work from. This can be a virtual machine, USB, external drive or a throw away laptop. All of your network traffic should be routed entirely over Tor (whonix is the best for this). See Phineas Fishers operational security practices for hackers OPSEC.


There is no silver bullet when it comes to protecting yourself, staying safe and anonymous. It's important to know how to use the tools we rely on to keep us safe and free. Below you will find industry standard tools that will help keep your hacktivity private and secure.

When communicating with journalists or other hackers it's important to keep all communication end-to-end encrypted, network connection over Tor and to not use aliases or emails that lead back to your real world identity.

Guides and Information

Interesting techniques for detecting evil maid attacks, along with lots of great information on Qubes, Tails, GrapheneOS and more.

Mostly focused on surveillance of physical actions, but plenty is relevant for hacking. Hackers will need to watch out for physical frame grabbers and keyloggers in addition to microphone and cameras, along with being mindful of what they write.

Know your enemy

Cyber investigators will use many techniques to uncover your identity to facilitate in a successful arrest. Books as seen below help us see and understand some of the tactics they use, even trying to infiltrate groups to collect information.

Always be aware, know your enemy!

  • (Book) Hunting Cyber Criminals: A Hacker's Guide to Online Intelligence Gathering Tools and Techniques 1st Edition
  • (Book) Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency