Iranian surveillance and OS reinstall precaution
July 14th, 2009

A story in NPR reports an incident that happened to Iranian-American, as she was flying to Iran last week.

On passing through the immigration control at the airport in Tehran, she was asked by the officers if she has a Facebook account. When she said “no”, the officers pulled up a laptop and searched for her name on Facebook. They found her account and noted down the names of her Facebook friends.

The article discusses three “very disturbing” implications. You may think of more. Thanks to Katy Pearce for sending the link, and for her reaction:

A good reminder that when traveling in authoritarian countries, one should do a complete OS reinstall, encrypt EVERYTHING and keep all personal information off of the laptop. I’d also recommend doing a wipe of one’s PDA/smartphone. You just never know…

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