How do you securely communicate?
Many people are looking for an effective way to communicate without being monitored. These people are not terrorists. For the most part, they are normal people that value privacy. Others may be government officials with information that needs to be sent quickly but in confidence. Many more of these people are private business owners with a Million Dollar idea but are afraid the idea will be intercepted by unscrupulous business people or foreign governments.
This is where the idea of the “Burner Phone” comes in. A burner phone is one that is not attached to your name in any way and it can be effective in some scenarios. On many occasions I have warned, however that due to facial recognition software on cameras, “phone pairing”, cell tower pinging, and voice recognition software this is not perfect. The NSA, Chinese Government, and Russian Government are likely to know who you are and listen to you if they find you of interest. Of course we know the NSA is listening and reading all the time, so you should know up front that you are most likely not going to skirt them.
The Purpose of a Burner Phone
Despite my warnings above, the burner phone does serve a purpose. If you are trying to avoid anyone other than the above, you have a good chance of privacy. A former spouse or lover, another employer, business competition and criminals out to get you can be thwarted with the proper use of a burner phone.
There are several ways to get a phone without having your name attached to it. The easiest is to go to a gas station (check for cameras if you are very paranoid) or chain store that sells prepaid phones or phone cards. You must use only cash if you wish to avoid a credit card trail. I will eventually write a burner phone review of multiple brands, but for now let’s continue learning about the essentials. A review of something you don’t know how to properly operate would be useless.
The Essentials of a Burner Phone
Unless you want to create a “burner email” don’t bother getting one with internet access. This will just complicate things. Secondly avoid a phone with a camera. If there is no option then make sure you put black tape over the camera holes before you even turn it on. Some have cameras and finger print ID in the screens so avoid screens if possible. The simpler the better, because if you intend to protect your privacy you will destroy and trash this phone on a regular basis. This means getting a new number and everything. So save some money and get a simple one.
The most important essential of a burner phone is a removable battery. Phones can be remotely turned on and monitored, as well as pinged on the nearest cell tower. This is why you should never use your burner phone at work or home, and when done the battery should be immediately removed until the next use (preferably at a busy intersection or shopping center away from places you frequent). The last tip is almost as important as removing the battery. You must never allow your burner phone to be on in the same area as your main phone. You can easily be identified when the two signals are paired together.
Who are you talking to?
If you are talking to a person who has not bothered to use these tactics you can also be identified. If you talk to someone a lot on your normal phone and then all of a sudden you call them from your burner phone, you can easily be found out. Perhaps the wise thing to do, is to get 2 burner phones; one for you and the other for your business partner. Talking itself is a problem. This is why following procedure here can only be mostly successful. Voice recognition software used by many governments and high-tech corporate thieves will identify you in less than 1 second.
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