At SOFREP, we’re passionate about digital security and privacy. Nick has done an amazing job covering the specifics of encrypted communications. I have attempted to provide an overview of how to establish secure comms in a manner that enables one to rely on commercially available “military-grade” encryption. Our aim is to enhance privacy, protect civil liberties, and prevent unlawful infringement of fundamental rights. But you know this already.

There’s a reason we’re so passionate about digital security and privacy, and it has nothing to do with the upcoming digital security guide that we’re very excited about is for a good reason. Namely, without a solid foundation on which to communicate, one’s mission has zero chance of success. As we saw with the UBL raid, a major key to the success of the operation was operational security (OPSEC). The same holds true for any other traditional or SOF operation.

Similarly, the key to a life relatively unimpeded by crime in the digital age is to practice good OPSEC and digital security hygiene. This becomes all the more critical with the Internet of Things, 5G, and ubiquity of mobile devices. Admittedly, though, ensuring digital safety may look overwhelming from the outside.

We recognize this and are absolutely serious about sharing what we can with you in a digestible manner. Our aim is that you gain a deeper understanding of what the average citizen is up against in today’s digital climate and what it takes to successfully operate within it. When this can be shared with reasonable, hard-working, God-fearing fellow citizens and their families we are talking about positive change!

I was recently contacted by a close family member who asked me, in all seriousness, whether or not I was responsible for trying to hack their email account. Aside from the fact that I am not a hacker, doing so is certainly illegal and would quickly place me on the wrong side of the law.

A quick jaunt to Bosnia

This family member had received an email notification to their backup email address, stating that there was a suspicious log-in attempt with an IP address originating in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Now, despite my proclivity towards travel to faraway lands flowing with milk and honey, I was, in fact, nowhere near Bosnia. I also do not spend my afternoons attempting to illegally access my relatives’ accounts for nefarious purposes. However, this instance presents a great opportunity to highlight how vulnerable some of us are, and how not to conduct ourselves online.