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How do I make my laptop as secure as a CIA computer?

asked 2017-12-24 18:05:43 -0500

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updated 2017-12-24 20:15:50 -0500

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First of all, I use BIOS and HDD passwords at maximum length - 8 digits. I have also set 64-digit passwords for both the Full Disk Encryption and the root account. My non-root account for daily use is secured with a 62-digit password. All of these code words are totally random and consist of lower-case and upper-case letters, numbers and special characters. I upgrade my OS instantly when there are new updates available. Furthermore, I regularly run virus- and rootkit checks. Whenever possible, I use Tor (with highest security settings turned on) to browse the Web. If needed, e.g. for YouTube and checking mails, I use Waterfox or Firefox: -All 3rd party cookies are disabled -other cookies are being deleted when the browser closes, strict protection turned on, history is not being saved, NoScript is installed and enforces rigorous rules. Unencryted HTTP requests are forbidden. My question now is: how do I level up my security to CIA standards? Is this a difficult task to achieve?

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Do you have control over the computer's firmware?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-12-24 21:51:05 -0500 )edit

define what you mean by cia standards.

SteveEbey73701 gravatar imageSteveEbey73701 ( 2017-12-25 10:34:46 -0500 )edit

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answered 2019-02-19 13:59:13 -0500

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If those passwords are so meaningless and complicated, almost surely another device is remembering them, not you. What keeps the slip of paper/flash drive/copy-and-paste screen, etc. safe?

From xkcd 936:

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