Rory Byrne is the founder and CEO of Security First. His experience draws from over eight years in the human rights world, and also from his work in the military, in Westminster, and as a Certified Ethical Hacker. Rory has a strong track record of identifying human rights problems and implementin...
Every so often, we like to feature a particularly awesome project from the IFF community. Umbrella, an app that helps users learn about and deal with digital and physical security risks, is exactly that. We talked to Rory Byrne, an IFF alum and one of the project’s co-founders, about the inspiration behind Umbrella and his goals for the app:What does Umbrella do?
Hey David, sorry I just saw this. Yes removing the battery would make sense though that is very hard to do with certain phones like iPhone. In such as case, powering it down and using a cellphone blocking bag to great a faraday cage, would make more sense. Or I guess you can always improvise by wrapping in tinfoil :).
Thanks, yes that’s true. As we mention, nothing taken on it’s own means it’s surveillance but you are trying to filter out people who are not and focus on those who might be. So if you have two people and only one matches those characteristics, you would probably focus more on that individual than the person who is not.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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