Communications Measures – Grid Up & Grid Down
This is part of an outline from a presentation I recently gave, discussing communications and security. It is broken down into two primary categories – Grid Up and Grid Down. The main emphasis is on Grid Up communications.
DUMP G-MAIL & Windows 10! Get away from these two things. Stop using Gmail and don’t upgrade to Windows 10. They are the top two worst spyware programs on the market. To stop the Win 10 upgrade pop-ups from occurring, go to: http://blog.ultimateoutsider.com/2015/08/using-gwx-stopper-to-permanently-remove.html
Start using encrypted email for all but the most mundane email tasks, with as many of your friends and family as possible. Do not use this only for highly sensitive correspondence. Use it frequently.
NOTE: Subject lines are not encrypted. Only the text in the body of the email is encrypted.
Below are some excellent encrypted web-based email options:
Protonmail.ch (Free) Web-based
Unseen.is (Free & Paid Subscription) Web based
Startmail.com (Paid $5/mo) Web based
*Thunderbird/GPG (Free) Pop Server Capable with existing email
Go to Youtube tutorials – Search phrase: ‘Thunderbird GPG email setup’
Here’s a good tutorial: https://www.youtube.com
Non-Encrypted free email services (some alternatives to Gmail). These can still be encrypted using Thunderbird gpg. The following email services can be set up in your Thunderbird email program so you can receive and store emails on your computer – Extremely helpful for accessing your emails even when you don’t have internet access.
‘Apps’ (Applications for Smart Phones & Tablets)
Wickr (Encrypted Text)
Red Phone (Free encrypted phone and text)
Silent Circle (Text & Phone) $10/mo annual contract
FIRECHAT (direct mesh network – no cell tower service necessary)
To learn more about Firechat, go to http://opengarden.com/firechat/
Before the grid goes down, practice during regularly-scheduled nets! www.AmRRON.com
FRS Channel-3 462.6125
MURS Channel-3 151.940
CB Channel-3 26.985
Ham Radio 2m 146.420 MHz
Note: Scanner can receive all of these frequencies.
For an emergency, grid-down communications plan, refer to the AmRRON Communications SOI
*My preferred method of corresponding using encrypted email is gpg encryption (using Thunderbird). My public key is below:
John Jacob’s public key is below. Import into your key manager after you get Thunderbird set up. Send me your public key so I can import it into my key manager. After that we can send encrypted emails to each other.