Compartmentalisation As A Means For Ensuring Privacy [An Overview]
I'm Freddy, an amateur writer covering, privacy, security and open-source development.
It was originally used by the Greeks to keep the secret of Greek fire, but now it is used by people all around the world for lots of different reasons.
According to wikipedia:
“Compartmentalisation is the limiting of access to information to persons or other entities on a need-to-know basis to perform certain tasks.”
I like to think of it as a floor of a house. You have different rooms for different purposes, and you don't mix things up. For example, you wouldn't sleep in the kitchen, nor would you cook in the bedroom. This is a good attitude to have when it comes to privacy.
The simplest way to do compartmentalisation is by having 3 parts:
Let's start with professional. This should contain your work email, all of your files/documents (preferably on Libre Office
), potentially your LinkedIn etc...
The best browser for all your needs will probably be FireFox
with these add-ons:
Be careful when adding extra add-ons. Always make sure its open source and that it actually respects your privacy.This
is a collection of privacy-related about:config tweaks that will enhance the privacy of your Firefox browser. Enter “about:config” in the FireFox address bar and press enter. Press the button “I'll be careful, I promise!” Then follow the instructions and hey presto! The last thing you need to do is choose a search engine
, I'd recommend SearX
Next we want a browser for more personal matters. Emailing fiends and social media, for example. Our browser of choice is ungoogled-chromium
. I would advise setting your default search engine to qwant
and to use the same set off add-ons as you professional browser.
Finally we have other. This is for anything else that doesn't fit into one of the other categories. The best browser for this is Tor
. Before installing Tor their are a few things you need to know. Never log in to anything on Tor. I'd watch this
video. For search engine I'd use DuckDuckGo
If you want more info on Tor then this
article will help!
But what Operating System should I use?
You should use Qubes
. Its endorsed by Ed Snowden
the NSA whistleblower and is focused on compartmentalisation. They even have a sub-reddit
devoted to helping you set it up! And if you are wondering what operating systems to run in your Qubes I'd use debian
for your professional and personal and have tails
You may be thinking that this all sounds rather complicated, but after a while, like everything, it gets easier. If you are stuck there are lots of great tutorials
on the matter, so don't feel you have to suffer in silence.
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