Ibrahim Altaweel

Privacy is not about having something to hide.

Privacy is about having control over your personal information.

It is up to YOU how little or how much you share about yourself.

Protecting your privacy is a giant 🖕 to trackers.

Don't buy into snake oil.

Encrypt as much as you can.

It is nearly impossible to remove your information after it is posted on the internet.

Don't voluntarily give your personal information to trackers.

Delete old accounts that you no longer use.

Remove your data from services that do not respect your privacy.

Protect your privacy because you matter.

All tools have one thing in common: they all are man-made.

Use a tool like Fakena.me to generate plausible fake personal information.

Keep your system & applications up–to–date.

Adobe Flash is a privacy/security disaster.

Blend in.

Never trust a computer program with your freedom.

Don’t be the low-hanging fruit.

Practice makes purrfect.

Use end-to-end encryption as much as possible.

Won't log =/= can't log.

Won't sell you out =/= can't sell you out.

Block trackers, use uBlock Origin.

Sharpen your social skills.

Make offline friends.


Develop a realistic threat model.

Don't overdo it.

Go outside. Nothing is real here.

Sometimes it is best to hide in plain sight.

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I enjoy exploring the limits of what is possible, especially in the areas of computer security, privacy, and anonymity.

In the past, I spoke about the state of online privacy at Federal Trade Commission's PrivacyCon. I collaborated with Prof. Chris Jay Hoofnagle and Dr. Nathaniel Good at UC Berkeley's School of Information on various privacy projects. In 2016, I worked with Dr. Latanya Sweeney at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science on building tools to make the web more transparent.


Currently, I am developing Purrivacy, a platform aiming to educate the world about online privacy. In 2017, I will speak about Privacy on Adult Websites at Federal Trade Commission's PrivacyCon.


I'm always interested in solving challenging privacy problems. You can reach me at abealtaweel at eecs dot berkeley dot edu. You can encrypt your message using 48B2 0E92 3215 DB48.