When engaging in anti-fascist, anti-racist or even criticising Nationalist and Fascist groups it is important to secure your information online. In this guide we will talk a little bit about common Fascist tactics to identify ANTIFA agitators, and how to thwart it. This is particularly important if you are using a personal account where information about your life, family and friends is actually posted. If you are using a fake account that does not actually interact with anyone outside of Groups and Events this guide is less relevant, but may still be worth following nonetheless.
We’ll start with an easy one, as it is quite a common tactic for Fascists to create fake profiles that appear sympathetic to the plight of refugees or even involved in Anti-Fascist actions themselves. This is why you must not accept friend requests from people that you do not personally know, or people that trusted sources cannot personally vouch for. It puts you at risk, but moreover it can put other antifascists at risk if a false-flag fascist has unabated access to your account and everything you have ever posted or been tagged in.
Not accepting friend requests is a good start, however you may still have a lot of information publicly available on your Facebook page which could be very valuable to fascists who are trying to compile data. Below are some steps that you should take to secure your data online
1. Change your name and Username
Your name is a vital piece of information for any fascists who are trying to uncover information about you. A quick google search can reveal a lot, and that is why you should not use your real name online with any account or email address that you use to deal issues pertaining to fascists, racists or nationalists. Furthermore, if you are changing an existing accounts name you should also change your username if it contains your actual name. We will use this fascist plant account as an example of what a Username is: www.facebook.com/colin.hall.9849. It is simply the link that after facebook.com/. (If it wasn’t obvious, that is a fake fash account – do not add it to your friends!)
You can change both your name, and your username here.
2. Restricting your post access.
You should not have any publicly available posts, even if the content of the post does not contain any identifying information about you or anyone else. On a public post any stranger can see both the comments, and the likes on a post. This means that your friends could be stalked to uncover not only information about them, but information about you. If you do not know how to restrict previous posts, there is a guide in step 3.
The final step to securing your friends information is hiding your friend list from public or even friends view. You can set it so that only you can see it, thus ensuring that no fascist will ever be able to stalk you through your friends, short of actively hacking your account [which is why you should have a good password!]
Go to your profile and click the small pencil button above your friends, and a drop down menu comes up.
Select Edit Privacy and set all 3 options to Only Me.
This means that anyone searching your profile for compromising info won’t be able to see any friends or family who have interacted with your account, which also protects fellow Anti-fascists. It is important to do follow this step with Groups, Likes and anything else which may allow a glimpse into your life.
3. Secure your photos
Photos are an integral part of the Fascists ability to ID you. They want to be able to go to a protest, and work out who is there by simply scanning any footage taken at a protest, rally or action. If they are able to get your photo they are one step closer to identifying you, and obviously that is not a good thing. This is why it is a good idea to have a profile picture that does not feature your, or a friends, face.
Similar to the previous post, you can set all of your photos to view by “Friends Only” – this means that once again, a public stalker cannot delve through your albums and photos to find more information about you.
This can simply be done by clicking here and selecting “Who can see my stuff?”, and the third option is “Limit The Audience for Old Posts on Your Timeline” – this will make all of your photos except Cover Photos set to friends only, and for this reason it is highly recommended that you delete your cover photo.
In total this stuff should take you around 5 or 10 minutes, but for the amount of grief you can avoid its worth the hassle.If I have missed anything in this guide please let us know and we will update it ASAP!