Practices and Security Culture
security is a very broad subject and computer technology changes so quickly
that to recommend any particular technology definitively would make this
document quickly obsolete. Therefore I have decided to provide links to
very useful computer security sites and "The Campaigners' Computer
Maintenance Mantra" which provides the essential information that
every activist should now about maintaining basic computer security.
-- Helping activists stay safe in our oppressive world.
-- The whole world is watching. You can defend yourself.
Guidelines for Searching and Seizing Computers http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/cybercrime/searching.html
Campaigners' Computer Maintenance Mantra
By Paul Mobbs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
with modifications by the editor
This is my computer. There are many like it but this one is mine.
My computer is my campaigning
tool. Campaigns are my life.
I must master my computer
as I must master my life.
Without me my computer is
Without my computer my campaigns
must protect my computer. I must secure the building and the room it is
I must prevent thieves or
private investigators stealing my data and my computer.
I must connect my equipment
to a single power point to isolate it with one switch.
I must disconnect my modem
when it is not in use.
must maintain my computer to keep it operating efficiently.
I must regularly conduct
system maintenance to prevent errors.
Every month I must check
my system for viruses.
I will scan the file system
for errors. I will de-fragment the drives if they need it.
I will check the operating
system for itinerant temporary files and delete them.
I will delete or copy onto
disks unwanted or surplus files in my work area.
must back up my data REGULARLY.
'Regularly' means when I
finish major work or do system maintenance.
I will secure my backed
up data in a place where it is safe from fire and theft.
In case of raids I will
occasionally give copies of my back ups to trusted friends.
Before shutting down I will
always check that the backed up files are readable.
will practice computer security better than I practice safe sex.
I will check any files received
by email or on disk for viruses.
I will not execute any new
programs before they have been scanned for viruses.
I will disable all the macros
of any documents I receive before opening them.
a campaigner who uses a computer this mantra will guide my life.
My computer and myself are
defenders of the Earth and Humanity.
Those who would destroy
the world have better computers than we do.
But we will win because
we have superior morals and motivation.
So be it until we dance
on the ruins of the multinational corporations,
and an anarchist society