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Cell Phones - A Preppers Guide
« on: November 07, 2013, 11:57:47 PM »
Cell Phones - A Preppers Guide
by Timothy Dicks

The short:

1) GSM device
2) Full knowledge and operational control of all of the devices communication capabilities
3) The applications and databases that will be useful in a long or short term prepper scenario.

Technology is always adopted slowly in the prepper community. It’s an instinct to stick with what works and can be easily maintained and controlled. But admittedly, technology works much better in some ways to ease the burden of temporary or even long term distress.

Cell phones fit the bill, they are definitely a, if not the most important tool in an emergency situation in which someone elses assistance is needed who is not currently available.

However, there is a perspective in which cell phones can easily become our worst enemy, tracking our every movement, purchase, communication and interests, knowing all, all the time. It is the same world that brings us all the wonders of technology, but demands our obedience.

This is the system we have created for ourselves, the very system that is teetering on the brink of ecological, energy, resource, monetary, political, and religious upheaval. It is a very delicate system that depends on the quivering masses, struggling to keep it afloat, meanwhile we give it more control with every new submission of indulgence.

So how do we take advantage of a cell phone in a safe and effective manner? With any technology, the issue of security mainly comes down to what you don’t let the system do, or in other words, turning the machine off is THE MOST secure way to operate the machine. Now this is very basic, but that is really all it needs to be to understand the cell phone.

What you do not ‘allow’ the device to do is what determines how secure it is depending on the situation.

To cut it short for those using feature phones or lesser cell phones, your best bet is to simply keep them off unless you need to use them and giving up your location and identity are not a concern.

For the more advanced phones like the iPhone, Android devices, or the myriad of other devices with cellular and wifi capabilities, we need to exercise a bit more control.

These amazing devices with life saving information storage capabilities could be priceless in certain scenarios. Many of the preloaded apps have several useful tools for practical tasks, such as a calculator, level, barometer, and temperature, and many more can be downloaded and operated locally on the device.

The trick is in what information is stored on these devices versus what information you are remaining vulnerable to severing by way of the internet.

So lets build a survival Cell Phone, and lets assume we want maximum security at all times.

Maximum security implies that we are at the highest level of security and our location cannot be given up at any time without actively engaging a known risk communication.

Security -

As stated, we are operating at Maximum security and we must be able to retain control at all times. In this case, you have done the first and most important process of removing your sim card. (If you had a CDMA phone, you would have already known to get a GSM phone without the identifying hardware built in by skipping down to the hardware section.) Once the SIM card is removed from the GSM device you would no longer have your device be at risk of being identified by the surrounding cell towers. However you are not in the clear. You will still need to disable the wifi. If there are any open wifi networks in the area, your device may connect and ‘identify’. Oh, but wait.

RFID/NFC,

Yes, RFID is old news in the tech community AND the prepper community by now, but NFC is the new RFID, and it’s out there offering up its conveniences at the price of our willing submission. Keep your eye out for the NFC functionality of your device, and believe it or not, the RFID ability. It was rumored a while ago that the new thing in phones would be RFID, but hey, the RFID tech could already be there simply for inventory purposes, so look out for that. I couldn’t find anything specific to my phone on a quick Google search, oh wait… ;)

The point is to know what your device is capable of and make sure you can maintain control over that ability at all times. Having a cell phone with you but hidden, could still jeopardize your security in close quarters, even if it’s turned off.


Applications -

What we are looking for is applications that can provide extremely quick and useful results to queries that we might have relating to a range of issues including medical, location and survival, among others. Applications that involve communications, and remotely stored databases are of lesser importance and can take up valuable space.

The best advantage in terms of the technologies interactive features is the GPS, hands down. You can download the app, download the maps for your region and never even need a network connection. You would have a fully zoomable GPS mapping device. You can determine your location without risking your location.

There are many information databases available online, but make sure their databases are downloadable and that you have plenty on and off device storage. At this point, entire family albums, modern DVD collections and valuable information can be stored on a handful of small microSD cards.

Think utilitarian and even think outside your thinking box by downloading advanced apps that you might never use but could be useful to advanced tinkerers and other brainiacs you may run into in the new world.

Hardware -

Choosing your hardware usually means choosing something you want more for it’s communication abilities than it’s ‘unconnected’ abilities. But this is really the least important feature in a long term survival scenario. Assuming the worst, your cell phone/tablet becomes a repository for information and a tool for advanced mathematics. Oh and even a GPS. That is if you can keep it running that long without grid power. So you’ll need a portable solar charger, (or two) to keep it going.

Long term you want a powerful processor and possibly a decent way to document the new history that arises out of the ashes of our technocracy.

In the way of security, a GSM device is your priority as you can simply remove the SIM card to no longer identify you to the Cellular network. With a CDM device, it will attempt to identify itself as soon as you power it on.

A Cell phone is a computer today, and a computer is an awesome thing to have. But it’s functionality has long since been overlooked by its ability to perplex humans with endless, random, and sometimes just downright BAD information. In a long term collapse scenario, that ability will more than likely subside as the remaining technology is put more and more to use as a tool rather than a playground.

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Re: Cell Phones - A Preppers Guide
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2013, 12:07:56 AM »
:hi: to the Diner Timothy!

Nice starter posting!

Are you familiar with Distributed Peer-to-Peer Networking?  Also HAM (Amateur Short Wave) Packet Radio?

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Re: Cell Phones - A Preppers Guide
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2013, 12:09:34 AM »
Yes!, peer to peer will be the internet of the future if it gets properly developed and implemented in time. It certainly won't be the internet as we know it, but it could end up being very useful for small communities.

Thanks for the welcome. :)
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« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2013, 12:15:42 AM »
Yes!, peer to peer will be the internet of the future if it gets properly developed and implemented in time. It certainly won't be the internet as we know it, but it could end up being very useful for small communities.

Main thing I see is it is Time Limited.  I don't think the production of microprocessors, lcd screens and Li-I batteries will persist that long once the financial system crashes.  Extant cell phones and laptops will eventually fail, and you won't be able to replace them.

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Re: Cell Phones - A Preppers Guide
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2013, 12:26:18 AM »
Agreed, but I think there is a lot that technology can do for us as the collapse unfolds. For instance, on my farm, I need to track how much I produce vs how much land I have vs how much I consume and preserve. Of course I can do this on paper when the need arises, but the technology will allow me to easily calculate so that I can share valuable and reliable information about permaculture and food forest practices.

Not to mention medical or survival libraries that can produce answers within seconds to life threatening situations that just won't be possible when the technology is gone and will require someone 'in the know' to be available. At least what technology we will have after the collapse can be used to make sure we capture, implement and disseminate knowledge that may be new, or even knowledge that was 'every day', 'common knowledge' only a century ago.

It really is amazing how much knowledge has been lost regarding sustainable agriculture, home remedies and the like since our species began to stray into the techno domain and away from our life giving mother.
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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2013, 12:35:37 AM »
Agreed, but I think there is a lot that technology can do for us as the collapse unfolds. For instance, on my farm, I need to track how much I produce vs how much land I have vs how much I consume and preserve. Of course I can do this on paper when the need arises, but the technology will allow me to easily calculate so that I can share valuable and reliable information about permaculture and food forest practices.

Not to mention medical or survival libraries that can produce answers within seconds to life threatening situations that just won't be possible when the technology is gone and will require someone 'in the know' to be available. At least what technology we will have after the collapse can be used to make sure we capture, implement and disseminate knowledge that may be new, or even knowledge that was 'every day', 'common knowledge' only a century ago.

It really is amazing how much knowledge has been lost regarding sustainable agriculture, home remedies and the like since our species began to stray into the techno domain and away from our life giving mother.

For as long as it lasts, it is an invaluable resource.  I personally downloaded several thousand texts in pdf format and have them all loaded onto my Samsung Galaxy.  Gray's Anatomy, Survival Guides, The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, Surgical Manuals, Medicinal Plants...the WORKS.  :icon_sunny:  More information than I could read in 10 lifetimes.  All on my Pocket Samsung.  Amazing shit.  All fits on a MicroSD card the size of my fingernail.  Truly amazing, knowledge of the world on the head of a pin really.

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Re: Cell Phones - A Preppers Guide
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2013, 01:08:10 AM »
Can you provide some sources for this valuable information or direct me to a post which may already have it? I definitely am not up to speed on my tech preps which is ironic since I just wrote this article.
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2013, 01:20:39 AM »
Can you provide some sources for this valuable information or direct me to a post which may already have it? I definitely am not up to speed on my tech preps which is ironic since I just wrote this article.

Back in Feb/March, I found a site called Books Great Choice which offered UNLIMITED DOWNLOADS of all the books in their library for $40/mo.  I coughed it up, not really believing it.  It WORKED.  So for 2 months, I downloaded like 50 books a day from them LOL.  I set my work computer to D/L overnight.  WHD also took my advice and downloaded a shit load of stuff.

Sadly, I think they have since discontinued this insane offer.

You can read the thread Book Collector Newz to learn about that adventure.

You can also D/L a lot of books for free from the Guttenberg Project.

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Re: Cell Phones - A Preppers Guide
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2013, 01:23:07 AM »
Thanks for that information. I will definitely check it out.
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Re: Cell Phones - A Preppers Guide
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2013, 04:25:14 AM »
Back in Feb/March, I found a site called Books Great Choice which offered UNLIMITED DOWNLOADS of all the books in their library for $40/mo.  I coughed it up, not really believing it.  It WORKED.  So for 2 months, I downloaded like 50 books a day from them LOL.  I set my work computer to D/L overnight.  WHD also took my advice and downloaded a shit load of stuff.

Sadly, I think they have since discontinued this insane offer.
Well, here's what I found today:
Quote from: http://booksgreatchoice.com/terms/
• Premium subscription conditions
- 30 days subscription costs $39.90.
- You can download unlimited number of files with premium subscription.
That said, Project Gutenberg is all public domain, I question the legality of this.
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2013, 06:01:53 AM »
illdill

Thanks so much for the informative article. I know very little about cell phones. I bought a wifi capable phone years ago before they became mainstream, found out I hated the small screen and had to put my glasses on to type, etc., so I went back to a no frills model, which I seem to use less and less as I get older.

I do use my laptop to access the internet, of course, and I have an older 3G phone modem I use when I'm mobile. Can you explain the security consequences of having a 3G or 4G phone modem turned on?

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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2013, 06:22:10 AM »
Can you explain the security consequences of having a 3G or 4G phone modem turned on?
Let me answer a different question... if you have any device capable of receiving a radio signal, EVEN IF IT IS TURNED OFF, the US military can get a fix on your position (in a remote location, not in a crowded city) and send in a Predator drone missile.  This is why Bin Ladin resorted to using human couriers after 9/11.
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« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2013, 06:29:35 AM »
No way to make the device invisible at all?
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« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2013, 06:44:27 AM »
Ok, there is of course, taking out the battery. There is also a reserve battery that keeps the clock running when the main battery is removed. In computers this was referred to as the CMOS battery.

However, this battery would only be capable of powering a small IR transmitter that would have a very short range. (probably measured in feet or less) So assuming something is still transmitting a strong enough signal to reach satellites in orbit if the battery is in and the device is turned off, you could be located.

However, the only technology (that I am aware of) that could do that is GPS and for that, I cannot speak as to whether the military can track you via the GPS system.
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« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2013, 06:54:34 AM »
No way to make the device invisible at all?
Oh no, all you need to do is put it in a Faraday cage... then it will be incapable of receiving radio signals... or being affected by nuclear EMP blasts or solar flares.  Taking out the battery, however, won't cut it.

I should have made clear, the technology isn't that they can track you, it's that they can detect a device capable of receiving a radio signal: cell phone, MP3 radio, GPS, walkie-talkie, laptop with wireless, even a TV with a remote control.  Like I said, in a crowded city, it's pretty worthless, but in an uninhabited wilderness, it can pinpoint where someone with modern technology is.  If they happen to know you are in that wilderness and you're the one they're looking for, then you're toast.
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