This is important if you are, for example, a disloyal bureaucrat serving under your Trumpian overlords
The basic steps are as follows: (with my comments indented with lower case letters)
- Buy a burner prepaid phone with CASH.
- Get a cheap feature (non-smart) phone. Some of them actually have keyboards.
- Remember, your face will probably be recorded at the 7-Eleven, or whatever, so wait 2-3 weeks until they overwrite the old records, or at least wear a hoodie and sunglasses. (Parking a few blocks away would be a good idea as well)
- Don't turn on the phone at home at work. Better yet pull the battery.
- If you want to use the phone, choose a place, a very public place (like the Lexington Market Metro stop, and ONLY use it there. I used to take the Lexington stop to work every day, which is why I know the location)
- Don't buy a smart phone as a burner, they are privacy sink holes.
- Get a TOR compatible browser.
- Use a browser designed for this from the start, and not to rely on addins.
- You could also use I2P instead of TOR, I do not know the relative merits.
- Note that there is significant evidence that much of TOR's funding might have come via the US state security apparatus, so be careful.
- Get a TOR based email service.
- Activate the phone using the TOR browser.
- Determine your phone number.
- Create your Twitter account using your the TOR browser, and enter in the phone's number.
- Go to your special place (1. d.) and get the confirmation text, and then enter it into the confirmation.
- In the Lexington Market case, there is a Starbucks down the street, so TOR the wifi, and probably do the hoodie and sunglasses thing.
- Be circumspect about who you talk to.
- Be circumspect about who you might communicate with via TOR.
- Consider rebooting your machine into a secure operating system before accessing Twitter, such as "Tails, or Qubes with Whonix," which can boot from a memory stick.
- (on edit) I shouldn't need to say this, but never use the phone for anything else but your tweeting, or in the case elucidated below for that.
BTW, all of part 1 should also apply to giving a burner phone to a reporter to leak. Only use it at a specific place, and have it off, or better yet, the battery out, when not in use.
You don't want someone using traffic analysis to figure out who your are.
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