1) Never discuss illegal
activity or action plans on the phone or via e-mail. Always meet and talk
Although this is often very inconvenient,
it is also quite secure. The only thing you may discuss on the phone is
where to meet with someone: "Hi, Joe, would you like to go out for
some coffee at the corner diner tonight? Great, see you a 8PM."
2) If you can, always meet
outside and keep moving, if you can't meet outside, take steps to make
sure your indoor meeting place is secure.
If your group is small enough, always meet
outside. Take a walk around town and discuss your action plan. If you
are constantly moving, it makes surveillance more difficult. If you cannot
meet outside, either meet in a public place and change locations frequently,
or meet in a place that all group members are comfortable with.
Make sure all phones and electronic appliances
are disconnected/unplugged in the room.
3) NO CELL PHONES AT SECURE
Do not bring cell phones to secure meetings.
It is widely believed that cell phones can be used as tracking devices
and bugs by the police. If you must bring your cell phone to a meeting,
turn it off and remove the batteries before the meeting begins.
4) Your next meeting place
and time should be the first item on the agenda.
This makes scheduling future meetings more
convenient, and helps prevent possible security breaches by eliminating
the need to inform every group member about the next meeting separately.
5) Self-Check: Your Commitment
to the group
If you have other responsibilities that prevent
you from attending meetings or require you to leave meetings early, then
you should drop out of the group until your schedule permits you to devote
the time required. This is for the good of the group. EVERYONE must be
prepared to devote an equal amount of time and energy to your group's
activities. If you are always leaving meetings early, you are causing
a potential security breach by requiring someone from the group to fill
you in on what you missed.
6) Self-Check: Paranoia
or Security Culture
Paranoia is the antithesis of security culture.
True security culture requires a clear head, a rational mind, and personal
self-control. Make a sincere effort to learn the difference, don't learn
the hard way by blowing an action or going to jail.
7) It only takes one weak
link to break the chain...
Everyone in your group must agree to adhere
to the same set of security practices AND they must be held accountable
when they mess up.