Some weeks ago I read on Forbes’ technology blog that
Access Now, a non-profit that’s focused on digital civil liberties in the Middle East, has published a concise guide to staying safe online, aimed at “citizens in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond.”
Aside from the usual advice about running antivirus, using strong passwords, and staying wary of USB drives, it delves into a few less obvious practices:
- Run the NoScript plug-in for Firefox, which can block scripts on Web pages that you don’t authorize.
I don’t know if this puts me in any middle-eastern dictator’s blacklist, but it seems “internet security guides” with various political spins are flourishing, and they obviously share most of their endorsements, no matter the ideology.
USA’s National Security Agency (NSA) is doing its part as well, as I found out yesterday: look at page 7 (“Enhanced Protection Recommendations”) of this Best Practices for Keeping Your Home Network Secure PDF…