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Gaining Anonymity on Telegram

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How to get on Telegram without a real phone or getting your prints dusted.

After making some tweaks to improve my online privacy I’ve been waffling over whether or not to use Telegram. I’ve never been too keen on software which collects metadata, or, as Edward Snowden calls them, “activity records”, about their users. My hang-up was the controversy and theoretical weakness in MTProto, Telegram’s encryption protocol. But that all changed the moment Russia banned Telegram, reportedly disrupting their national banking system in the process.

Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed.

Pavel Durov

Now that’s what I call integrity.

How Free Speech Dies

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On the suppression of free speech in today’s increasingly digital world.

I’m back in Bali after a trip to Anarchapulco and Chicago to pick up my cats. It was my first time back in the United States in over a year. Instead of a warm welcome back to my birth country I was promptly detained by a CBP officer and put in holding room while they ran a background check and attempted to obtain personal information.

After declining to give CBP my address in Bali and questioning them as to whether or not I was under arrest they were kind enough to inform me I was free to go at any time but that my passport belonged to the U.S. government and wasn’t my property.

It would appear surveillance states like post-9/11 USA don’t appreciate having their own citizens outside their visibility. That certainly wouldn’t suit the “Deep State” if such a thing existed now would it? The experience was very disheartening to say the least.

Breaking Up With Authenticator

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Why you may come to regret using Google Authenticator for two-factor auth.

One of the first things you’ll learn when you create your first bitcoin wallet is to set-up 2FA. The two most common forms of 2FA today are standard telephony and security tokens, which come in both the hard and soft and variety.

If we took hard U2F tokens off the table, we’re left with software and telephony. Which of the two would you choose? Well, it depends. Let’s explore.

Make a Killing During the Bitcoin Hard Fork

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The next Bitcoin fork is inevitable. As the value of Bitcoin fluctuates there are opportunities to make money. Learn how with GDAX (now Coinbase Pro).

Anyone who invested in bitcoin just before the August hard fork and simply held it for three months has already more than tripled their original investment.

As the next bitcoin hard fork approaches the value of Bitcoin is lifting. Here’s how you can take advantage of Bitcoin’s volatility as it moves up and down with very little risk as the price fluctuates before and after the fork.

4 Years Without Facebook

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How social media controls you. From a free-thinker in a society controlled by social media.

After a four year hiatus, I recently rejoined Facebook to give it another shot. Here’re some insights I gained since I left.

Keep Calm and Own Your Private Keys

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How Coinbase walked off with millions of customer coins during the Bitcoin Gold hard fork. And how to make sure it never happens again.

If you’re one of 10 million plus Coinbase users and didn’t move your bitcoin to a wallet “under your control” prior to the Bitcoin Gold hard fork you may never see any of the Bitcoin Gold you were entitled to receive at the or, more precisely, at block 491407 when the snapshot was taken.

Don't Mine Bitcoin. Mine Altcoins fool!

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Did you know mining Bitcoin isn't nearly as lucrative as altcoins? True story. Learn how to mine altcoins using nothing but spare computer resources.

I’m no Pliny the Elder but I’m here to tell you there’s a gold rush occurring in the cryptocurrency mining space. Whether you’ve just overcome your Bitcoin investing fears or already hold tokens from some wild new ICO you too can mine cryptocurrencies like ETH ETC XMR and more. It’s easy! Here’s how…

Take Flight with the Monero CLI Wallet

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Be your own bank. Store your secure, private and untraceable cryptocurrency and keep it safe from prying eyes. Learn to take flight with the Monero CLI wallet.

Monero is a secure, private, and untraceable cryptocurrency. It is open-source and accessible to all. With Monero, you are your own bank. Only you control and are responsible for your funds. Your accounts and transactions are kept private from prying eyes. Learn how to install the Monero CLI wallet. There’s only one way…

Arise, you have nothing to lose but your barbed wire fences!

Timothy C. May, The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto

Bali Travel Survival Guide

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How to travel like a God during your voyage to Bali.

Inspired by an interview with Lydia Lee, who left her six-figure job in Canada “in pursuit of a path less conventional”, I decided to retrace her steps to Indonesia, to the Island of the Gods (Bali) and a place there called Ubud.

What follows is a guide to travel like a God during your visit to Bali, formed from my experiences over a three-week period in late 2016.

Spoofing IoT Device MAC Addresses

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Connecting devices like the RPi or Apple TV to public networks requiring browser-based auth can be a drag. But that shouldn't stop you from hacking your way in. Find out how.

Imagine your sitting at a cafe on some exotic island after your last visa run to Sim Lim Square in Singapore where you picked up a CCTV Wi-Fi camera to protect your valuables and nerd out on gadgets.

You unbox your new toy only to realize you can’t connect it because the cafe you’re sitting at is using a captive portal.

Gah! What to do… Shell into the device and use wget or curl? Fuggetaboutit.

You reach into your Tortuga carry-on bag, pull out your laptop and do the only sensible thing you can think of—spoof the device’s MAC address.

Here’s how to spoof the MAC address of an IoT device using macOS.

11 Hacks to Erupt Some Bitcoin Right Now

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Don't buy Bitcoin, Volcano Boy! Make it spew out with these 11 easy hacks.

Jamie Dimon may believe Bitcoin’s ‘a fraud’ but I know a few CoinSheet enthusiasts who would beg to disagree. If you’re like me you might not be able to afford to buy Bitcoin. And no Bitcoin, no LaMbO… Not to worry though! I’m going to lay down 11 simple hacks to earn free bitcoin without breaking open the piggy bank.