Please help me get some type of web security app or?

Discussion in 'Technical' started by GOG, Sep 28, 2019.

  1. GOG

    GOG Grumpy ol' Munky Site Supporter

    I'm a dinosaur and completely lost and could really use some help.
    My PC died last year and I've been using an android tablet. I broke the screen on it, and I want to use its replacement but I'd like to get some security and anonymity on the new one.

    BTW, the microphone is turned off, but for some reason ads for stuff I may have mentioned in conversation appear, so I still use the old one.

    I downloaded tor, however it wouldn't open and seemed stuck in connection mode or some cryptic digital switchboard to Hell.

    I've seen ads for "virtual shield", is that or something similar the way to go on a tablet?

    Thank you monkeys.

    Oh yeah, how do I REALLY make sure the mic is off?
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  2. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    the best thing to do this is to get somethin that does not have a mic. if it has a mic it can be abused or hax0r3d

    shameless plug Lucy and trunk monkey can make ya a device like that [ without a mic ] with software preinstalled and ready to use (y) (y)

    also it might be possible to salvage some of the old PC parts or repair the PC, depending on what condition it is in
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2019
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  3. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    My advice - If you don't go with Lucy, get an old laptop from CL, make sure you check the price of RAM before you buy. Many older ones use RAM that is hard to find and thus expensive. I'd suggest you plan for 8GB. Tape over the camera. Watch YT for disassembly videos so you can locate and physically disable the mike.

    I flat out don't trust any OS for privacy nearly as much as I do Linux. This is buy a HUGE factor and that includes Android, Apple, all of them. AFAIK these come with the computer version of STD's built in by design.

    My ten year old Lenovo Z585 is a good choice if you run across one. It runs like a race car, memory for it is still reasonable so stuffed it with 16GB. The screen is every bit as bright as the day I bought it and it gets used hours each day. The weakness, and why you might find one inexpensively is the power supply jack is weak because the plug has a 90 degree bend that puts the jack under stress. Simple fix using sticky back velcro to hold it in place. Keyboards are easy to swap out, I've worn out two of them.

    Get an inexpensive SSD so you can start fresh with no crud from the old HDD. You can get 250 GB for $40-$50 at Newegg. Install Linux, if you are new to Linux, then Mint* is a great choice. Ergo's are almost Windows 7 and it runs like a bat out of hell. It comes with Libre Office which does 99% of what Spycrosoft Office does. Great step by step video here: play this on your tablet as you install. Make the bootable thumb drive from Windwoes or another Linux box. I'll even send you one if you have trouble making it.

    Set the BIOS to boot from USB ahead of the hard drive. This way you can run TAILS from a thumb drive. TAILS is a more secure version of linux plus TOR. You still want to get TOR downloaded to to your Linux install. For normal browsing and usage boot from the hard drive. When the balloon goes up boot from the TAILS thumb drive for extra security. None of this is as complicated as it sounds.

    * Main Page - Linux Mint they have a step by step guide on how to creat a boot thumb drive. Installation is as easy as boot from the TD and double click on the "Install Linux" icon on the screen.
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  4. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    yep the microphones and cameras can be activated remotely without any indication they are on.

    it is best to get a device that does not have a microphone or a camera.

    some users are going as far as to use a drill to physically drill out the cameras and microphones in an attempt to destroy them/disable them [ Lucy and trunk monkey do not recommend doing that ]

    Lenovo is now effectively about 100% owned or controlled by the chinese communist party :mad: :mad: they should be considered as bad as huawei
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  5. Tevin

    Tevin Monkey+++

    You can get a computer without a mic or camera, but that would mean resigning yourself to older used machines that only run older OS's which themselves have a lot of security holes in addition to having very limited capabilities. Going forward, computers with no camera or mic will be harder to find as the available stock of these devices is retired to the junk pile.

    For my purposes, I use a Mac with Symantec 360 security software. Apple takes security more seriously than the rest, and they do not open their platform to any no-name backroom coder who thinks they have the next big idea.

    I trust Symantec 360 to keep out any malware that may mess with my camera/mic, and the deal includes a VPN. I can have up to 5 devices on my account so my iPhone and iPad are protected too. The VPN is kind of flakey on the portable devices.

    It's not a 100% solution but it's probably as good as I'll get without giving up a lot of functionality.
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  6. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    ya have a point when it comes to most new laptops, tablets and phones (y) (y), however we can build custom desktops and custom devices, including tablets, that do not have a camera or a microphone and in some cases we can build custom laptops that do not have a camera or mic either.
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  7. oldawg

    oldawg Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Super glue in the mike and on the camera. stops those issues on my laptop.
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  8. GOG

    GOG Grumpy ol' Munky Site Supporter

    I'm a dinosaur folks, is there an app or something similar that's more or less plug and play?
    I'm still a pretty fair carpenter, but I'm clueless on this subject, however I'm learning.

    Oh yeah, something else; the keyboard keeps disappearing and automatically keeps defaulting to the microphone on the new Lenovo.
    I've swapped it back a bunch of times and it doesn't seem to matter and won't give me the keyboard.

    I can't even use it as a reader because I can't access the keyboard.
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  9. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    what kind of lenovo tablet did ya end up gettin?

    got the model number?

    too late to return it?
  10. GOG

    GOG Grumpy ol' Munky Site Supporter

    I've used it, so it can't be returned unless the keyboard issue is a warranty issue.
    It's a Lenovo TAB 8 w/Android 7.0
    1gb ram
    Quad-core 64bit 1.3 GHz
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  11. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

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  12. GOG

    GOG Grumpy ol' Munky Site Supporter

    Thank you.
    Apparently in my futile attempt to shut off the mic I disabled the keyboard, so that's handled.

    What about the tor app or express vpn? I see tor mentioned frequently by folks here.
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  13. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    I have a VPN question for you guys. I have a blazing (LOL) 4M download and .7M upload at best speeds, so would using VPN slow pages from loading even more since the servers are worldwide?
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  14. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    yep it would. the latency would increase a lot and the download speed would decrease. both are bad things. :( :(

    also a lot of VPN providers are really bad.
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  15. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    if yall want a VPN Lucy can set one up and trunk monkey can manage it. monkeys would jus need to chip in a lil bit or a lot to cover the costs

    [winkthumb] [winkthumb]
  16. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    But then you will know all my secrets, LOL. Don't want all my gun porn habits found out.
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  17. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    LOL. ya can trust Lucy way more than any VPN provider, jus sayn. some VPN providers have been caught doin real bad stuff n things.
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  18. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    What about latency with your setup?
  19. sec_monkey

    sec_monkey SM Security Administrator

    there will always be some latency no matter what. also some websites block all VPNs or they try to.
  20. GOG

    GOG Grumpy ol' Munky Site Supporter

    I threw in the towel. I downloaded ExpressVPN and will give it the benefit of the thirty day free trial.

    Thanks for the input folks. :)
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