How to stay anonymous

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I am planning to record a song tomorrow and in general I find being famous or popular quite annoying so I was wondering if you have any good recommendations of how to block or mask my location or details when I upload to Youtube or other places?

I was planning to use Tor but I am sure better ways exist.
 

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Whonix on a USB flashdrive
 
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You can hide from outer world. But you never ever can't hide from BHW moderators. remember that. :devil:
 

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Yep, just use Tails and upload it to youtube on an account created with an anonymous email provider like Tutanota, you'll probably need a verification service for it so hope you got some Monero to buy such a service.
I really don't think you need all of that though lmao.
 

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Thank you very much for all the useful tips or ideas. I am not sure if this allowed not to say here but Geasy in the next 2 weeks from now I was planning to buy the content of since. Overall you strike me as a intelligent SEO so I am sure your content would good quality.
 

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I am planning to record a song tomorrow and in general I find being famous or popular quite annoying so I was wondering if you have any good recommendations of how to block or mask my location or details when I upload to Youtube or other places?

I was planning to use Tor but I am sure better ways exist.
So you want to be anonymous, eh? Look I see a lot of pretty nice suggestions here, Tails, Whonix, Tor, etc. However, looking at your use-case these are an overkill. You did not tell much about your particular situation, but if you're looking just to stay anon from the general, you can do that much easier.

You say that you find it annoying to be famous - thus I assume this is your use-case: Stay hidden from public in a reliable manner. As you did not mention it, I will assume that you have no particular need to hide from your government (eg. publishing criticizing/political songs in authoritarian regime). So my suggestions are based on these assumptions. If something is different, let me know and I will revise.

Youtube is not going to tell anyone who you are - there are plenty of anon youtubers out there and I have not heard of a single case where youtube has leaked such data. So really, hiding from YouTube itself does not seem be something you need. It's important to note that you will need to disclose your details anyway if your channel grows and you will want to monetize.

So this is what I would do:
- New email, something like [email protected]. Not your [email protected]
- Strong security on that email - 2 factor authentication and secure recovery email (protonmail for example). Many doxxing cases happen because this medium gets hacked.
- Use a VPN
- Use this account on Firefox only and set all the privacy settings to strictest - separate account if you use that for daily browsing as well. Do not use the uploading account for anything else that uploads to remove any possible fingerprints.
- Obviously make sure that in your videos there is nothing that can be recognized - if you for example play an instrument and have a video from neck down, make sure not to wear a shirt of your local gym or have something hanging on the wall that can give clues about who you are. Overall, get a green screen to remove your room completely if you plan to do this kind of videos.
- Do not mention in your videos or comments that you want to stay anonymous - just ignore if someone asks that. Saying that you want to be that will just get some bored kid trying to dox you for lulz.

That's it. The technologies mentioned in this thread are OK, but I think it's an overkill to use Whonix or Tails here.
I mean you can also custom compile kernel for Qubes and get a rasberry PI with kali to airgap your wifi connection which then connect via VPN to VPS in Sealand from which you use Tor + endpoint proxy to get a clearnet end IP or whatever, but you're not hacking satellites here. You're just taking care of your personal privacy. And look at that, I didn't mention clearing the metadata of the videos. Did you do this and forget that. Back to square 1.

However, you could use Public Network > VPS > VPN > TOR if you wanna go that road.
Like this is an absolute overkill. Saying it like this makes it seem easy, but trust me it's not. Besides that you have to pay for a VPS (and trust neither will follow you), you will also need to learn how to do all of this or pay someone to do it. What OS will you use? Will you learn to use Linux or pay for Windows license, because warez Windows from Pirate Bay may have god knows what in it? You should be able to audit yourself periodically to make sure that your setup is working or pay someone to do it for you.

Operational Security is not always just about maximum security. It's also about fitting the security to the use-case. Going overkill is just going to be too much for you, you will get lazy, make a mistake and go back to square -1 in terms of being anonymous from YT. Trust me, it will most likely go that way if you choose to go with incredibly complex setup with little tech knowledge. Cyber Security is a rabbit hole - you can always go more complex. But you don't need to and sometimes going too complex will in the end just reduce your security.

Hope this was helpful
 
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So you want to be anonymous, eh? Look I see a lot of pretty nice suggestions here, Tails, Whonix, Tor, etc. However, looking at your use-case these are an overkill. You did not tell much about your particular situation, but if you're looking just to stay anon from the general, you can do that much easier.

You say that you find it annoying to be famous - thus I assume this is your use-case: Stay hidden from public in a reliable manner. As you did not mention it, I will assume that you have no particular need to hide from your government (eg. publishing criticizing/political songs in authoritarian regime). So my suggestions are based on these assumptions. If something is different, let me know and I will revise.

Youtube is not going to tell anyone who you are - there are plenty of anon youtubers out there and I have not heard of a single case where youtube has leaked such data. So really, hiding from YouTube itself does not seem be something you need. It's important to note that you will need to disclose your details anyway if your channel grows and you will want to monetize.

So this is what I would do:
- New email, something like [email protected]. Not your [email protected]
- Strong security on that email - 2 factor authentication and secure recovery email (protonmail for example). Many doxxing cases happen because this medium gets hacked.
- Use a VPN
- Use this account on Firefox only and set all the privacy settings to strictest - separate account if you use that for daily browsing as well. Do not use the uploading account for anything else that uploads to remove any possible fingerprints.
- Obviously make sure that in your videos there is nothing that can be recognized - if you for example play an instrument and have a video from neck down, make sure not to wear a shirt of your local gym or have something hanging on the wall that can give clues about who you are. Overall, get a green screen to remove your room completely if you plan to do this kind of videos.
- Do not mention in your videos or comments that you want to stay anonymous - just ignore if someone asks that. Saying that you want to be that will just get some bored kid trying to dox you for lulz.

That's it. The technologies mentioned in this thread are OK, but I think it's an overkill to use Whonix or Tails here.
I mean you can also custom compile kernel for Qubes and get a rasberry PI with kali to airgap your wifi connection which then connect via VPN to VPS in Sealand from which you use Tor + endpoint proxy to get a clearnet end IP or whatever, but you're not hacking satellites here. You're just taking care of your personal privacy. And look at that, I didn't mention clearing the metadata of the videos. Did you do this and forget that. Back to square 1.


Like this is an absolute overkill. Saying it like this makes it seem easy, but trust me it's not. Besides that you have to pay for a VPS (and trust neither will follow you), you will also need to learn how to do all of this or pay someone to do it. What OS will you use? Will you learn to use Linux or pay for Windows license, because warez Windows from Pirate Bay may have god knows what in it? You should be able to audit yourself periodically to make sure that your setup is working or pay someone to do it for you.

Operational Security is not always just about maximum security. It's also about fitting the security to the use-case. Going overkill is just going to be too much for you, you will get lazy, make a mistake and go back to square -1 in terms of being anonymous from YT. Trust me, it will most likely go that way if you choose to go with incredibly complex setup with little tech knowledge. Cyber Security is a rabbit hole - you can always go more complex. But you don't need to and sometimes going too complex will in the end just reduce your security.

Hope this was helpful
Something I want to add to my previous message (edit limit expired) is on passwords. I have a solid tip on those. Again, your email getting hacked is probably the biggest threat. (That said it's still a very small issue)

Take a song, any song and use the some part of it as the password. Replace certain characters.

Example from smells like teen spirit:
With the lights out, it's less dangerous
Here we are now, entertain us

i = !
a = 4

your password:
W!ththel!ghtsout,!t'slessd4ngerousHerewe4renow,entert4!nus

Easy to remember, impossible to guess.
 

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shift to a new island and set up your servers there.
launch a satellite so you don't need to rely on other internet service providers.
Upload the video and repeat the process with a different location.
 

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shift to a new island and set up your servers there.
launch a satellite so you don't need to rely on other internet service providers.
Upload the video and repeat the process with a different location.
Truth be told having my own so called mini island does interest me so I can do whatever I want on it in theory such put a lot of ferrets on it among other things.
 
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