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.

Blog | Archive | About | Projects & Research

Privacy on Adult Websites | UC Berkeley | 2017

Co-authored Privacy on Adult Websites with Chris Jay Hoofnagle and Maximilian Hils. In this study we document and discuss the user tracking dynamics on the most popular adult-oriented websites (N=11). Tracking dynamics are different on adult sites than other popular sites. There are relatively fewer third-party tracking companies involved and fewer cookies than on comparably popular sites. However, we found that Google trackers (Google Analytics and/or DoubleClick) were present on almost all the sites and that search terms were often leaked in plaintext to third parties and sometimes encoded in cookies. Finally, the dominance of video in pornography could explain the presence of Flash on almost half the sites. We found Flash being used to read HTTP cookie values, but we did not find any evidence of Flash cookies respawning.

Purrivacy.org | 2017

Developed Purrivacy with Yunrui Zhang. Purrivacy is platform aiming to educate people about online privacy.

Online Pharmacies and Technology Crime | UC Berkeley | 2016

In this study, we examine online pharmacies that have obtained first-page status in organic, rather than sponsored or paid, search engine results. In our sample, over a third of the inbound links to pharmacies in top search results appear to be from hacked websites. In analyzing links among the pharmacies, we find that online pharmacies are highly concentrated, often employing shared infrastructure (such as phone numbers). We discuss opportunities for law enforcement to address pharmacies directly instead of pursuing intermediaries, and whether pharmacies can be liable for illegal search engine optimization techniques used to promote their sites.

Web Privacy Census | UC Berkeley | 2015

Co-authored Web Privacy Census with Chris Jay Hoofnagle and Nathaniel Good. A research project that seeks to introduce reliable empirical data on the issue of how much tracking there is on the web, and provide a framework for policymakers to advocate for more privacy rights for consumers.