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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Political Staffers Move To Signal—Here’s Why That Matters

If this wasn’t such a stupid story, it would be humorous. Government officials in several countries have recently demanded that all encryption software should contain “back doors” so that that law enforcement officials, government spies, and other government officials can read everything that you and I read or write. That means that local governments would have access and undoubtedly very soon worldwide hackers, thieves, and foreign governments, would figure out […]

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Trump Administration Targets Your ‘Warrant-Proof’ Encrypted Messages

The Trump administration has revived the debate over “end-to-end encryption” — systems so secure that the tech companies themselves aren’t able to read the messages, even when police present them with a warrant. Administration officials want the encryption software providers to build so-called “back doors” into their products so that law enforcement officials can read all you most private messages and other writings. You can read more in an article […]

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This Fake VPN Installer is Stealing Users’ Passwords

I have written before about the FREE ProtonVPN. See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+ProtonVPN for a list of my past articles. I consider it to be a great FREE VPN, one of the very few free VPNs I would trust. HOWEVER, a hacker has now created a look-alike product that actually is malware (malevolent software) that, once installed in a computer, steals every user name and password for every site the computer visits. Even […]

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Perhaps You Need an Encrypted Flash Drive

If you have information you wish to keep private (bank records, credit card numbers, tax returns, your spouse’s clothing sizes on your Christmas shopping list, etc.), you need to make sure that the information doesn’t fall into the hands of hackers, credit card thieves, and other strangers. One way to do that is to use encryption to make sure the information can not be read by anyone who does not […]

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ISPs Sue Maine Claiming a New Web-Privacy Law Violates Their Free-Speech Rights

It seems that Internet Service Providers are now claiming they have a right to spy on their customers’ web usage and to sell the private information they found to the highest bidder. Someone has a RIGHT to steal your personal information and resell it, claiming it is freedom of speech? I seems ludicrous but the article by Jon Brodkin the the Ars Technica web site at http://bit.ly/39Onkce explains the latest […]

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# Privacy-Focused Messenger Signal is Ready to go Mainstream and Take On Whatsapp

Signal continues to experience a stunning growth rate as the Play Store reveals that Signal has been downloaded between 10 million and 100 million times already. Combined with founder Moxie Marlinspike’s statement that more than 40% of Signal users are on iOS, you get a respectable (but still comparatively small) number. Of course, the foundation also continues working on improving privacy. Marlinspike shares that the team has a “secure value […]

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