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The Grow Room forums; Like the majority of the growers I am paranoid as fuck!, Night after night I kept asking myself if the ...
For your eyes only!
Like the majority of the growers I am paranoid as fuck!, Night after night I kept asking myself if the police were to break my door down to find my teeny tiny grow cab would there be anything else that they would try to use to convince the judge that Im planning on a larger grow for the future with intentions on supplying? (that would be pathetic & probably never happen with a few plants growing for my own supply but that shows how paranoid I am...if theres a strain that doesn’t make you paranoid I wanna know about it)
The answer was YES, I have over a hundred bookmarks on my PC from soil mixes to “Get a harvest every 2 weeks” (Al B Fuct) & “Heaths flooded tube vertical” (Heath Robinson) plus alot more from other cultivating forums.
After searching on the net for anything that may help I found a step by step instruction guide on how to create a "secure firefox profile" which I made a copy of for printing so Ill paste it below. (If you have a link on how to create a secure profile with other internet browsers then PM so that I can edit this guide)
I use a 2 part process which comes with 2 benefits to mask & secure all my internet activity as well as sensitive data.
1)I create an encrypted partition on my hard drive using “Truecrypt” http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads
Its incredibly easy to use just drag & drop, you can also encrypt other data.
2) Now the second part involves creating a “secured Firefox profile” below are the step by step instructions I saved (its a lengthy read but just takes a couple of minutes to setup):
Firefox - How to create and use a secure Firefox profile
Firefox has the very useful feature of storing a history of sites you have visited. Some of your favorite sites may present risks to you if the information that Firefox saved should become available to an identity thief. Sites such as online shopping, web email, banking, etc would be just as easy for a thief to use in in impersonating you as it is for you to use.
There are two options discussed here: the Firefox Master Password, and the TrueCrypt encrypted Firefox profile.
The first, and easiest is to use option, Firefox’s Master Password, requires nothing more than for you to enable it and set it. The Master Password option, when set, will permit the Firefox profile to run normally until you encounter a web page password field. When this happens you will be prompted to enter the Master Password before you can proceed. Using the Master Password is probably the best option if all you need to do is protect your Firefox passwords. The Master Password will not, in itself, conceal your Firefox history, cache, or cookies.
The simple steps for enabling the Firefox Master Password, and detailed information about this feature, are found at this link: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Master_password.
The TrueCrypt encrypted Firefox profile is the “CYA” option that will very safely encrypt every aspect of your Firefox profile. This includes your web page passwords and the entire history, cache, and cookie contents of the protected profile. You can use both options simultaneously without problem.
The following steps will create a safe and encrypted Firefox profile that can only be used by you with your TrueCrypt password.
To begin, you must have completed the installation of your TrueCrypt “P” drive per the earlier instructions. The drive must be mounted and accessible before you continue below.
Firefox must not be running as you continue below.
Setup a secure Firefox profile
The first thing we are going to do is create a new Firefox shortcut (icon) that will activate the hidden Firefox Profile feature. It is assumed here that you will work with shortcuts on your desktop, but the procedure can be adapted to wherever you prefer to keep your Firefox shortcuts.
1) Right click, and hold down the button, on your Firefox icon
Drag to the right just a bit and release
2) Click Copy Here and a new shortcut will appear
3)Right click the new shortcut, then rename it to Firefox Profiles
4) Right click the newest shortcut Firefox Profiles
5) Click Properties
6) Add a /p to the end of the Target info already populated
7) Click OK
Double click the newly modified Firefox Profiles shortcut
9) Click Create Profile
10) Click Next
11) Enter new profile name: SecureProfile
12) Click Choose Folder. . .
13) Browse to drive P:
Use Make New Folder to make a folder Firefox
Use Make New Folder to make a sub-folder SecureProfile
14) Click to highlight SecureProfile, then click OK
15) Click Finish
16) Click to highlight SecureProfile, then click Start Firefox
Firefox will now open with a brand new profile. All your work will now be managed in the new secure profile.
Your old, unsecured Firefox profile is still available by chosing the default profile. To assure security in the old profile, start Firefox with the unsecure default profile and use the Firefox tools to clear all the cache locations. For an unknown reason, if you delete the old, unsecure profile, the new secure profile stops working, so it is better to leave it in place with all its cache cleared.
It may be confusing which Firefox profile you are actually using. It is suggested you change or remove the home page on your old, unsecured profile (should you choose to keep it) to indicate the difference as Firefox starts up.
If you leave the Don’t ask at startup option checked, then your old Firefox shortcuts will open the highlighted profile. You will need to know this if your old shortcut icons are opening the wrong profile.
If you un-check the Don’t ask at startup option, then Firefox will offer you a choice of profiles.
The Firefox Profile manager will only open when Firefox is not running.
If you have more than one Windows user, then each user will need to secure their own Firefox profiles per these instructions.
A large Firefox cache can quickly fill your TrueCrypt secured private P: drive. It is recommended you reduce the size of the Firefox cache to prevent this. A smaller cache uses less disk space is normally un-noticable to the user.
Just keep in mind if the police really need to find out what is on your PC/laptop they can get the right people to help them out.
I apologise for posting the instructions instead of the link which I cant seem to find. If anyone can locate it please PM me with it so that I can paste it & get rid of the long step by step guide.
Last edited by iloveit; 05-25-2009 at 07:33 PM.
Copying Bookmarks & old firefox profile to secure firefox profile
Copying your old Firefox bookmarks or profile to the secure location
A new, secure Firefox profile gives you a clean slate as you use it. All your user IDs and other form datafill previously recalled by Firefox will need to be re-entered as it is first needed. If you want to copy your old profile to your secured area, then for reasons yet unknown you must create a new profile as above, test it for usability, then copy your old profile contents into into the secure profile.
To copy your old Firefox bookmarks only to your secured Firefox profile
1) Start Firefox with your old, unsecured Firefox profile
2) Click Bookmarks, then Manage Bookmarks
3) Click File, then Export. . .
4) Click the Desktop icon, then click Save
5) Close Firefox
6) Start Firefox with your new, secured Firefox profile
7) Click Bookmarks, then Manage Bookmarks
Click File, then Import. . .
9) Click From File, then click Next >
10) Click the Desktop icon, then click to highlight the previously saved bookmarks file
11) Click Open and you are done.
To copy your old Firefox complete profile to your secured Firefox profile
(This process is trickier and sometimes problematic, and so should only be done with care that it can be undone. Only an outline of what must be done is recorded here. There are no step by step instructions.)
You can only work with closed files, so close Firefox.
Locate both your old and new Firefox profiles.
Make copies of both entire profiles folders in case you need to revert to your old profiles. Your old profile is normally found in this path:
C:\Documents and Settings\[YourWindowsID]\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\[random].default
Delete the complete contents of secure profile folder and replace the contents with the complete contents of the unsecured profile folder.
Start Firefox with the secure profile and it should now appear to contain all the history and bookmarks of the old, unsecured profile.
For reasons that are unknown, this seemingly simple trade of profile contents is troublesome and does not always work as desired. If you have trouble, restore the profiles from the copies you made earlier. To assure security in the old profile, start Firefox with the unsecure default profile and use the Firefox tools to clear all the cache locations. For an unknown reason, if you delete the old, unsecure profile, the new secure profile stops working, so it is better to leave it in place with all its cache cleared.
lol you ARE paranoid. I just dont care. What im doing is so small it will only be a slap on thw wrist even if they did find it. and i dont really care whats on my computer. if they want to knock on my door and come in then fine. I have a large magnet next to my computer with my siding off. all i have to do is touch the magnet to my hard drive and voila! its all gone!
Good lord... NASA doesn't do that... JK.. whatever makes you feel safe.....
Thats exactly what my mate said, but then I thought what if Im fast asleep or away from the grow area. I just live in an area where the police are always around.
Originally Posted by Extortion22
lol the cops drive by my house at least every couple hours, and they visit my neighbours houses all the time. they have even been to my house when i had a party. nobody is going to find you out man. keep it small, pay your bills, and dont tell anyone. thats all you need to know to not get caught!
Originally Posted by iloveit
Subscribed + rep .. thanks for the security info..always good to know..
Cheers mate, I was beginning to ask myself if I was the only paranoid person whos interested in this stuff.
Originally Posted by MediMary
I am as well...I posted some pics up on OverGrow, then it went down, and my paranoia went up.
So whats the safest way to post up in your opinion, I am going to implement what you outlined earlier in this thread, Im not so computer savy, Do you use a VPN as well, I tried a couple of those free proxy programs, and as Al b Fuct said, none of them really worked for shit, I was thinking of getting a pay site.. like http://blacklogic.com/.. but hell Im not sure if that site is good..
Would it be better to post from my own ISP, or should I use a random WIFI location..
By posting in this thread, is that a red flag in itself? lol
Nice thread nonetheless.
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