Avoiding cargo scans
The most common users of cargo scanners are suicide gankers, who will not usually attack a ship unless they know that it contains valuable cargo. Depending on what you are moving, there are several means of rendering cargo scanners ineffective, reducing your chances of being ganked.
How cargo scanners work
Cargo scanners reveal the following items:
There is no indication on cargo scan results as to whether an item is inside a container. If a container is visible, this implies that it is being transported inside a courier contract package.
Immunity from cargo scanning
Cargo scanners do not reveal any of the following:
The MWD + cloak trick
When done correctly, this gives people trying to scan you only two very brief opportunities to do so. They probably won't even have time to lock your ship. The ships that benefit the most from the the MWD + cloak trick are industrials, battleships and deep space transports.
Other mitigating tactics
If the above methods are not suitable for the cargo you need to move, or the ship you are piloting, there are other means of reducing your risk of being scanned.
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