Security Tips for Jennifer Lawrence


Dear Miss Jennifer Lawrence,

I would like to offer you my support after, recently, some of your very intimate photos were published without your consent.

It's a pity that you've been thrown so harshly into the world of consequences of the lack of any culture of information security, lack which permeates throughout the society from government level to individual level.

I hope that you'll find support in my message, and you'll continue to be the same beautiful woman and talented actress. There is no reason why you should be otherwise. Choose to stand up to what life throws at you and, if you learn to ride the tide, you will forge and control your own future.

Hopefully, this event will leave you more experienced, but will also empower you so that you can continue to live your personal life as you see fit, accepting to be photographed in any way you want, and simply ignoring those who want to dictate your choices. Please do not allow this event to change your vivid personality which translates into your emotional and outspoken acting.

Here are a few basic security tips that you should keep in mind from now on:

  • Treat information security as you treat locking a house or car, that is, don't ignore it.

  • Never take intimate photos with a phone, or with any device which has a network connection.

  • Disable (forever) the wireless communication on photo cameras that you use for taking intimate photos. Some have an "airplane mode" which must be set on.

  • Do not ever store intimate photos online. Deleting them afterwards doesn't protect you.

  • Do not watch intimate photos on smart TVs (because they have network connections).

  • Keep intimate photos only on a computer which is never connected to a network, and is fully encrypted (since it could be stolen); disable the wireless network of this computer. VeraCrypt and CipherShed (both based on TrueCrypt) can fully encrypt a computer's entire storage memory; ask someone to help you set it up.

  • Always cover your web cameras. It's best to tape over the ones from laptops, TVs and game consoles, and use an external, mobile camera when you need. Simply not taking intimate photos of yourself is not enough anymore, as it happened in the case of Miss Teen USA. Cover the cameras with adhesive tape.

  • Never give to someone else the memory card which was in the photo camera that was used to take intimate photos. After you finish taking intimate photos during a day, fill the card with other photos or movies, or connect it to a computer and fill it with large files.

  • Never allow other people to take intimate photos of you with their photo cameras. Even if they show you that they have deleted the photos, the photos can be retrieved later.

  • Do not hesitate to ask people in the know about computer and information security advice.

  • Teach others!

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