Taking your laptop into the US? How to protect yourself
In April this year I remember reading about how a US court had ruled that Customs or Border agents, whichever side of the pond you’re from, could search your laptop. In fact they could search any electronic device. I remember at the time that I have nothing to hide or do I? I work for Casino’s … is that Cool in the eyes of the border control officers? I knew already that I protected my browser history and cookies, I delete them on closing Firefox down, but what about My email? Ok I don’t need years of email but it’s nice to be able to jump back in time a little so this is what I thought would be the best solution ( btw of course I was way too lazy to implement any of this )
I have a Lenovo X300, awesome laptop, it runs Vista and has a Biometric finger printer reader
Border agents account, I would set up one account using my right hand because I’m right handed. This will be the dummy account so not to alert the border guards. I felt it might look a little odd if I swiped my left hand across the sensor if they thought I was right handed. In this account I would have Family photos of my parents and wife etc, No Firefox installed, a link to a hotmail email account on my desktop. I would have subscribed this account to a few websites like Fishing weekly and Home Husband World and possibly even Knitting weekly. But that I think that would be enough to get me through customs
This time I use my left hand and one finger off my right hand just in case I lost the hand in a freak accident. I would want to still get access to the good stuff wouldn’t I! I would set up VPN connections to my Home systems that I have my email client running on, Firefox fully loaded with loads of Voodoo plug ins, of course the finger scanner would only let me half way in. I would have PGP’d the whole drive up and made sure the password was never used anywhere else.
The Porn account, ok I needed to get my penis tattooed with a finger print and this is where I realised that maybe, just maybe, I was starting to get a little carried away.