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    This may be weed induced bollocks but I’ve just watched a police programme where they tracked down a antique fireplace by reading the co ordinate data that’s stored in a .jpg file. Could any techies on here advise if the same could be done with photos posted on here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Banjo33_uk View Post
    This may be weed induced bollocks but I’ve just watched a police programme where they tracked down a antique fireplace by reading the co ordinate data that’s stored in a .jpg file. Could any techies on here advise if the same could be done with photos posted on here?
    It's possible if you have your location tag turned on while you're taking photos with your cell phone, if all that data is still on there when you have to put your photos yet they're going to know where you're at.

    If your real paranoid you can get an app that will strip all the data off your image files before you upload them.



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    You want to download a free app to remove Exif data. I always strip mine before uploading.
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    Not including the pics I have uploaded through tapatalk, I have 1,860 pics on the sites gallery. I don't suffer from paranoia
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    If using your phone to take pics, you can turn location info off in the camera settings so it wont store where you are.

    These days though, it's just not worth the paperwork to the police for a small personal grow. They're more interested in the idiots with houses full of plants

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    How many of us do use vpn??? :-p

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper114 View Post
    How many of us do use vpn??? :-p
    I use a VPN everywhere these days. Nothing to do with the site - I just object to our governments data collection schemes, let them collect other peoples browsing history...

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    Use VPN mostly
    Not my main email addy
    Tick off "Geolocation" from exif data (via phone settings)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper114 View Post
    How many of us do use vpn??? :-p
    I've been using one for years, on PC and phone.

    You should all know that the lying bitch Theresa May introduced a load of new laws regarding privacy. Some vpn's do track where you go and because of the new laws the authorities don't need a warrant to get the last years data. All of it, text messages, emails, the websites you visited to a certain degree, as they can only get the base domain. So for this site they would see you visited thctalk.com and how long you were on here, but not the individual pages. I am not sure but I believe with a warrant they could get the pages.
    The government now has the most surveillance powers in the world. They are paying every provider to store everything it can about you for 1 year. So basically they own it.
    Not all vpn's can be trusted, I use Private Internet Access and pay for it. They encrypt everything and keep nothing. They released a statement saying if the UK govt tried to force them to hand over information they would move all their servers to a country without such laws. They did it in another country but forget which.
    I would advise everyone to do research about the VPN they are using or thinking of using.

    If you are really concerned use TOR. It will be a much slower experience, so no 4k movies but the security is top notch. Get an email address through that and only ever use it with TOR. To be even more secure, install Tails on a USB stick along with TOR. It is probably the most secure system ever. For more general use try Linux. The problem with Linux is it can be a pretty steep learning curve and there are a plethora of versions to choose from. Again, do a lot of research.
    Here's some links, all these should be ok to post here.
    TOR
    https://www.torproject.org/download/

    Tails
    https://tails.boum.org/index.en.html

    A very good article regarding the above from The Verge
    https://www.theverge.com/2016/11/23/...ry-powers-bill

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    All data is collected and intercepted. Dont be naive to think you can circumvent or control anything while using their devices, their software, their infrastructure.

    Its always the money that gets people so percy should be ok

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    Small fish in a big pond. If they want to go to all that hassle for 10 plants or my 4 it's there loss to be honest. I don't use VPN no more


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    Quote Originally Posted by gardro View Post
    All data is collected and intercepted. Dont be naive to think you can circumvent or control anything while using their devices, their software, their infrastructure.

    Its always the money that gets people so percy should be ok
    I can't agree with that. PIA or Private Internet Access do not collect data. They are very respected and have won numerous awards. This isn't to say that data isn't being collected elsewhere. PIA uses end to end encryption, so yes, the data I send could be intercepted, but it would be useless garbage unless they could decrypt it, which at present is impossible. The computers we use do store data and unless manually removed using specialist software, it would still be lurking,
    even if the HDD was formatted.
    (Smash it up when it dies if you want to keep what's on it private - then melt what's left with a blowtorch!)

    However, if I installed Tails and TOR and used both correctly, then every time I used them, I could not be tracked by anybody, and I mean anybody.
    Even if I was caught with a computer, with a USB stick with Tails and Tor, there would be absolutely nothing they could find or access. Nothing. They are so secure that with all the computer power any government could muster, by the time they decrypted it I would have been dead for a millennia.

    And if you think they could trace me through the internet cafe I just walked out of, they couldn't, because the IP address the cafe's router logged was spoofed.

    And even if they grabbed me at the PC with the USB stick in the computer, as long as I can either, pull the stick out or keep them off the machine until Tails timed out, then they would require my password. And they can FUCK RIGHT OFF!

    A quick note on passwords.

    Use long ones, at least 8 characters preferably more. Use numbers, special characters, upper and lower case.

    An easy way to do this, is to think of a memory, and change it a little. eg "I went to Spain" for Barclays online bank.

    So it could read !WEnt3spainBB

    All the things to use are in the 1st 5 characters, so to remember this, I would just have to remember, ! then 2 uppercase letters, then the number 3, and the last word normally. This is as simple as 1-2-3. I is shift - 1 on the keyboard (!). Then 2 uppercase letters, followed by lower case to the end of the word, then the number 3. BB for Barclays Bank.

    A 12 character password. Then, what you could do is just change the BB for whatever site you log in to. So for here, the password becomes

    !WEnt3spainTH.

    Unbreakable for the foreseeable future. This isn't the absolutely best way for security, but it is pretty good.

    I have also been using LastPass for many years. It is an exceptional password manager and it is free for personal use.

    Download the trial, it will tell you the trial is about to expire, just let it. There may be a "No thanks" box to turn down the pro version.
    Available on PC, Mac, Android and iOS. It is also available for Chrome, it may do other browsers, I use Chrome.

    I use it to generate 16 character passwords for any site, so I only have to remember one, to log in to LastPass. Trust me, nobody could ever guess or generate my password, not in a billion years.

    A word of warning. If you forget your LastPass password you are screwed; really, really screwed. They don't keep it, so you can not get it back.

    This reminds me I haven't changed my password here for way too long.

    I hope someone finds this helpful, I typed it stoned and that wasn't as easy as 1-3-2

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Solyom View Post
    I can't agree with that. PIA or Private Internet Access do not collect data. They are very respected and have won numerous awards. This isn't to say that data isn't being collected elsewhere. PIA uses end to end encryption, so yes, the data I send could be intercepted, but it would be useless garbage unless they could decrypt it, which at present is impossible. The computers we use do store data and unless manually removed using specialist software, it would still be lurking,
    even if the HDD was formatted.
    (Smash it up when it dies if you want to keep what's on it private - then melt what's left with a blowtorch!)

    However, if I installed Tails and TOR and used both correctly, then every time I used them, I could not be tracked by anybody, and I mean anybody.
    Even if I was caught with a computer, with a USB stick with Tails and Tor, there would be absolutely nothing they could find or access. Nothing. They are so secure that with all the computer power any government could muster, by the time they decrypted it I would have been dead for a millennia.

    And if you think they could trace me through the internet cafe I just walked out of, they couldn't, because the IP address the cafe's router logged was spoofed.

    And even if they grabbed me at the PC with the USB stick in the computer, as long as I can either, pull the stick out or keep them off the machine until Tails timed out, then they would require my password. And they can FUCK RIGHT OFF!

    A quick note on passwords.

    Use long ones, at least 8 characters preferably more. Use numbers, special characters, upper and lower case.

    An easy way to do this, is to think of a memory, and change it a little. eg "I went to Spain" for Barclays online bank.

    So it could read !WEnt3spainBB

    All the things to use are in the 1st 5 characters, so to remember this, I would just have to remember, ! then 2 uppercase letters, then the number 3, and the last word normally. This is as simple as 1-2-3. I is shift - 1 on the keyboard (!). Then 2 uppercase letters, followed by lower case to the end of the word, then the number 3. BB for Barclays Bank.

    A 12 character password. Then, what you could do is just change the BB for whatever site you log in to. So for here, the password becomes

    !WEnt3spainTH.

    Unbreakable for the foreseeable future. This isn't the absolutely best way for security, but it is pretty good.

    I have also been using LastPass for many years. It is an exceptional password manager and it is free for personal use.

    Download the trial, it will tell you the trial is about to expire, just let it. There may be a "No thanks" box to turn down the pro version.
    Available on PC, Mac, Android and iOS. It is also available for Chrome, it may do other browsers, I use Chrome.

    I use it to generate 16 character passwords for any site, so I only have to remember one, to log in to LastPass. Trust me, nobody could ever guess or generate my password, not in a billion years.

    A word of warning. If you forget your LastPass password you are screwed; really, really screwed. They don't keep it, so you can not get it back.

    This reminds me I haven't changed my password here for way too long.

    I hope someone finds this helpful, I typed it stoned and that wasn't as easy as 1-3-2
    The issue is we have to take their word for it

    1000 year 256 bit encryption gets monstered by AI and quantum computers nowadays. They wouldnt use that level on a random individual mind you.

    I knew someone who was caught with Tor. Talk about guilty until proven innocent. They didnt find his dirty deeds but hes on every radar now unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M_C View Post
    I use a VPN everywhere these days. Nothing to do with the site - I just object to our governments data collection schemes, let them collect other peoples browsing history...
    100% agree. All devices.

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    Has there ever been an example of a grower being caught by using a forum?

    Inky has posted two stories today: lad tests positive for cannabis driving a car and Rozzers find weed growing wild in Plymuff...that's how you get caught.

    Analogue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbitual View Post
    Has there ever been an example of a grower being caught by using a forum?
    Not this forum but I did hear once about a cash cropper forum getting hit by the pigs...

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    Take a screenshot of the picture and crop it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by gardro View Post
    The issue is we have to take their word for it

    1000 year 256 bit encryption gets monstered by AI and quantum computers nowadays. They wouldnt use that level on a random individual mind you.

    I knew someone who was caught with Tor. Talk about guilty until proven innocent. They didnt find his dirty deeds but hes on every radar now unfortunately.
    I just put
    !WEnt3spainBB
    into a password checker, it's free, the answer: 117399454 years, 11 months. Nearly 118 million years. Fuck it, let 'em see my stuff then, they've earnt it.

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    Why would they risk their reputation? To give the information to the government? To sell? That would be business suicide. How the police or whoever got the information would have to be disclosed or would be inadmissible. They are a money-making business built on trust. 1 mistake and it is over.

    I did say you had to use Tor properly. Your friend sadly didn't. He is not the only one. There was a very big case where on 1 occasion, the person they were after slipped up. The guys that track serious offenders, not us small fry, are the top of the game. If I can find the video I'll post it here. It was really educational.
    I would be more concerned about the number of conspiracy theories going around. Since humans learnt to speak there has always been those that just must embellish a story. Ask any fisherman
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    ^^^ This is why brute forcing is often better than a dictionary attack

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