Site Purpose:

  • Create a cookbook of actions to increase online privacy and digital security
  • Discuss Opfor IO concepts so that we better understand risks we face
  • Co-opt any OpFor ideas that enhance FreeFor Information Operations
  • Highlight lessons from Patriots who are experts in other areas of IO
  • Continuously reinforce that Security is rooted in Behavior, not Technology

Ultimately, the goal is to increase the technical knowledge and skills FreeFor needs to operate in a non-permissive Information Environment.

Admin Notes (Updated 8/16/14):

Coverage:  Technically, not everything can be covered for all user configurations.  We’ll only discuss what we have experience with.  We will focus on and reinforce options that complement each other.

Plagiarism:  Most of this information exists in one form or another somewhere on the internet.  In many cases we reuse that information, clean it up and distill it, and discuss it specifically from a FreeFor angle.  Yes, you may catch us plagiarizing if you start researching on your own.

Knowledge Tracks:  We’ve received feedback that creating the lessons at two track levels might be a good idea.  The first track would be aimed at the basic user, someone who just needs enough to get more secure but doesn’t care about the details.  The second would provide more information for those that want to become their unit’s “TechOps” person.

We think this is a great idea.  For the near future, the lessons will only be for Track 1, the standard user.  Once we get to a certain maturity level, we’ll start to add the Track 2 information for the TechOps crowd.

Standard Users – Warning:  You need to follow the information exactly.  If you take shortcuts, it may expose your online activity.



Site / Menu Organization:

Black Menu:

Administrative, Supplemental and other Information Ops topics

  • Start Here – This page
  • Tenets – Technical / Operational Truisms that you should review often
  • FF IO – TBD.  Intended for other IO aspects that may be useful for FreeFor.
  • Things To Do Today – A list of quick-hits that Patriots should start doing or keep doing.
  • Suggestion Box – Reader Technical Tips or Suggestions for additional topics
  • Help Desk – TBD. We may define a mechanism to help Patriots with specific issues.
  • FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
  • FreeFor & Information Ops – A permanent place for the Inaugural Front Page

White Menu:

This is the core lessons menu.  It is subject to change as we develop new content and organize the lesson structure.

  • Level 1 IO – The basics to secure your behavior, computing device and browsing habits
  • Level 2 IO – Important Concepts; Core techniques for privacy and anonymity
  • Level 3 IO – Advanced techniques to start layering your security
  • Level 4 IO – Expert layering, and exploring interfacing with Ham Radio (Ham TBD).
  • Level 5 IO – Hacker realms – hidden parts of the internet, and how we can use them
  • Combining Lessons – Arranging the building blocks to bring you to levels of maturity
  • Self-Study – Supplemental Material for independent review
  • Tool Kit
    • Behavior Tools – Intel and other analysis tools that help define your opsec posture
    • Security Tools – The actual program tools we’ll use to increase security
    • Test Tools – Websites that will probe your device and reveal how secure you are
    • Visualizers – Animations / tools to help visualize security and data flow, very cool
  • Lesson Tracker – A place where each new lesson is listed with a unique tracking ID


How to track your progress….

  • X and O:  If there is an “X” on the title of a menu, there is no content yet.  If there is an “O” there is some finalized lesson content.
  • Locked Pages:  Anything with an “X” should be a password protected page.  Most of the menu items do not have lessons developed yet, but do have some content ideas or outlines.  We wanted to show the menu concept of lessons so you have a Road Map even before we finalize the lesson content.  No, you can’t have the password.  If you want to help us develop some content, leave a comment or send us a mail.
  • New Lessons:  New lessons will get posted as new posts on the front blog page.  They will also be posted in the structured menus.  As new lessons are posted, they will move off the front page and reside in the menu.
  • Levels & Lessons:  Lessons are roughly arranged into Levels.  The idea is that you can measure your “technical maturity” levels along a defined path.
  • Moving Menus:  Menu items may move around as content is developed and we round out more topics.
  • Unique Lesson ID:  Each Lesson will always have a unique ID at the bottom of the lesson, in the form of “LESSON ID=> 0001”.  See the Lesson Tracker for details.  This is primarily so you can track what you’ve finished and what you have not, and when existing lessons are updated.  These 4 digits will never change.
  • Lesson Revisions:  If we find new information on an already published lesson, we will revise it and post an update notice.  If an original lesson ID was 0003, a revision will be 0003.1.  If the latest revision was 0002.4, the new revision will be 0002.5.
  • Jumping Around:  We encourage you to follow lessons sequentially.  This is a loose suggestion.  In most cases, they build on each other but this is not always the case.  Some activities require completing prior activities, and in higher levels it is required to use multiple lessons for layered security.  We may try to add a descriptor to a lesson that says “Required Prerequisites” if there are any.  Level 1 is probably almost all independent, no prerequisites.


Read the Blog Rules here please -> Rules.

Read Tenets Please -> Tenets.

Good To Go.


Start the first lesson -> L1.1 Anonymous Emails   (LESSON ID=>0002)

And the second -> L1.2 Anonymous Search Engines  (LESSON ID=>0003)

And the third -> L1.6.1 Spoofing your MAC Address  (LESSON ID=>0004)

Also look through the Tool Kits and Self-Study Menus.


This Start Page is LESSON ID=>  0001



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