It has emerged that authorities are using executive powers to seize and search the smartphones and laptop computers of protesters for evidence of "crimes" and to harvest personal data such as emails, browser history and social media connections. Here is a guide to safe networking if you're attending any of the hundreds of protests currently taking place around the world: ANONYMOUS ALWAYS ENCRYPT! ASSUME LIKE NEVER BEFORE! ANONYMOUS! remain hidden and don't use browsers with "History" functions switched on. ALWAYS! have your machines on a password protected "sleep"mode (i.e. PASSWORD PROTECTED SCREEN SAVER) ENCRYPT! anything sensitive within folders before taking it along to a protest. ASSUME! your laptop/smartphone will be searched by police experts LIKE! this post and please forward it through all channels. NEVER! use "autocomplete" or store passwords and usernames in plain text. BEFORE! attending any OCCUPY event backup/remove anything that could be seen as incriminating personal data. This has been a public service announcement from Anonymous. Thank-you for your attention. Keep calm and carry on.