Tech Tools

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by CelticWhisper, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    For those of us who are crossing borders and worried about laptop searches, I thought I'd post some links to useful resources to keep private material private.

    Obviously, this is not intended to help conceal criminal activity (e.g. illegal pr0n, bomb manuals, stuff like that), but say you've ripped a DVD to watch on the plane and don't feel like having to argue with an overzealous ICE official about copyright, some of these could come in handy.

    TrueCrypt ( - Create a virtual disk storage container (image) and apply a wide variety of encryption algorithms to it. Useful in that it can create an unlimited number of nested hidden storage containers, one within the next, without any indication that they're there. Create a regular container and put some bank statements and the occasional "embarrassing" picture (think lingerie/beach photos) inside, then create the hidden partition and put whatever it is you want to keep really private inside that one. Worried about TSA clerks or ICE agents being wise to TC? Nest them as deep as you want, so long as you have the disk space.

    GPG ( - FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) alternative to PGP, used for single-file encryption and digital signatures. Will integrate with E-mail programs (Enigmail for Thunderbird, see here for Outlook) for secure E-mail transmission. GUI frontends are available but it helps to get comfy with a CLI for this one.

    Enigmail - Plugin for Mozilla Thunderbird & Mozilla Seamonkey that enables encrypted E-mail transmission. Useful for confidential corporate messages sent/received while on unknown networks, either abroad or at the airport.

    Anyone, feel free to add more that you think would be useful. Doesn't have to be crypto/stego related, just felt I should start there since we care about real security.
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  2. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    TSA has hinted on its blog that it is considering banning of photography at its checkpoints. Presumably this move will keep embarrassing footage of the agency out of the public domain where it becomes clear that it continues to fail at its core mission. The post states specifically, "This topic is currently under review..."

    Should it come to that, it may be a good idea to invest in a palm-sized camera to record your interaction should it become necessary to record your encounter. Below is a list of options, none of which is endorsed.

    Remember to use the link at the bottom of the forums page to purchase these items through Amazon and help the site!

    The Veho MUVI Mini Cam model VCC-003 is touted as "the smallest video camera in the world featuring a high resolution 2MP camera." It was recently listed on Amazon for <$55.

    That's all I got right now...
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member

    One of the pen video cameras might also be a good choice since it would likely not attract attention. Many choices at varying prices.
  4. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Yeah, just short on time today. Put that one up before I forgot about it. If you have one with which you're familiar, by all means share!
  5. MaximumSisu

    MaximumSisu Requiescat in Pace

    I use a pen camera, while very openly pointing a cellphone camera. The distraction works well, similar to the Red Team water bottle over the bomb component trick. When (very occasionally, since never at my home airport) some TSO hollers at me, I put the cellphone away, which immediately takes all heat off me, but doesn't stop the real recording.
  6. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Have a linky you can share?
  7. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    That is BRILLIANT. I second Barbell's request for a link to the device in question.
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

  9. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

  10. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    Yeah, I find A.S.S. are easily distracted. If they really were able to provide protection and security it wouldn't be so darn easy.

    I vote Mike smartest guy in the room!
  11. mozgytog

    mozgytog Founding Member

    Another good idea if you are are using a cell phone is software like Qik.

    Since it instantly uploads, even if the TSA steals your camera and shuts it off/tries to delete the footage, it's already been uploaded to your online account.
  12. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I'm seriously thinking of getting a pen camera, a watch camera, and installing Qik on my N900 and triple-whammying TSA next time I fly (which won't be until October and hopefully never again thereafter until/unless TSA is put out to pasture).

    Catch one but what are the odds a TSO has enough functional neurons to catch them all?
  13. mikemey

    mikemey Original Member

    So how do you get a pen camera to video well, esp. if you have to put it through the x-ray? You can't video your own encounter when they have the camera in the bin.

    I'm slightly lost. I like the idea, its the implementation that I can't wrap my head around.
  14. honeytoes

    honeytoes Founding Member

    A pen camera? Sheesh. I still sport an old-school Motorola Razr phone. *sigh* I need my own personal gadget geek to show me the way.
  15. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Just forget & leave it in your pocket unless your challenged on it? As long as it doesn't trigger the WMD you should be ok.

    Watch cameras would be easier to wear through the checkpoint but harder to aim.
  16. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Maybe you could get one of these to fly through the checkpoint with you? :D
  17. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    I knew TSA was incompetent but wow, WMDs at the airport?

    I want my tax money back.

  18. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

  19. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Oh, well, those are fine.

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