Brave: A Privacy Focused Browser With Built-in Torrent Streaming

brave_logoBrave is a new privacy and security focused web browser with built-in support for torrent downloading and streaming. The browser allows seasoned downloaders and complete novices to get their torrent fix instantly, without any hassle. It also blocks most viruses and other malware (malevolent software). It is available for Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, and iOS.

I have been using Brave for several months and can report it works well, even though the latest version is still referred to as BETA version 0.13.4 . Brave is described at some length at https://goo.gl/95PN4M while the the official Brave website may be found at https://brave.com.

“I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.”

Here is an interesting article by Quincy Larson: https://goo.gl/ODrzmt

The article warns Americans that their constitutional protections don’t apply because “the U.S. border isn’t technically the U.S.,” calling it “a sort of legal no-man’s-land. You have very few rights there.” Larson points out this also affects Canadians, but argues that “You can’t hand over a device that you don’t have.”

Use Cloud-based EncryptDrive to Encrypt and Decrypt Files

padlockThis is a handy tool for keeping your private files private. Best of all, it is available FREE of charge. It can encrypt and decrypt files on your local drive as well as in Google Drive and will save files to Google Drive. EncryptDrive allows you to encrypt your files so that no one can look at them, even if they are using your computer. I am using it on my Chromebook computer to keep make sure private information remains private.

Outside hackers? No problem.

This app uses powerful encryption algorithms (AES with 128 bit key). EncryptDrive does not save or share the file you select. The encryption is performed locally in your computer without going through the server, using HTML5 technology. No unencrypted information is sent online. The programmer(s) insist it is very safe, and provides privacy. Admittedly, I don’t have any method of testing that claim so I will take the programmer’s word for it. In a quick test, it certainly looked encrypted when I looked at a file encrypted with EncryptDrive with a binary file editor.

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Banned in Germany: Kids’ Doll My Friend Cayla is Labeled an Espionage Device

my-friend-cayla“Cayla ist verboten in Deutschland,” says Jochen Homann, the president of Germany’s Federal Network Agency (the Bundessnetzagentur), announcing a ban on a doll called My Friend Cayla in Germany on Friday. His agency oversees electronic privacy as part of its telecommunications mandate; Homann also cites a special obligation to protect the privacy of children, calling them the most vulnerable members of society.

Details may be found at: https://goo.gl/rFKgwU.

Entire Trump Family Reportedly Switches to Encrypted Tutanota Emails

After the recent scandal revealing that Trump campaign aides have had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence in 2016, the entire Trump family apparently turned towards encryption to protect their private communications amongst themselves and possibly with others. Several encrypted Tutanota mailboxes were registered yesterday alone with distinct names of Trump family members.

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Now the Trump family seems to have learned from those early mistakes during the presidential electoral campaign. They have learned that everything that happens online will be copied by the NSA and can be read and analyzed at a later stage.

The Secret Service or perhaps some other US agency captured the email messages and telephone calls between Mr. Trump’s associates and the Russians, as reported the New York Times. Then the FBI asked the NSA to collect as much information as possible on this, and analyze troves of previously intercepted communications. We can assume that the captured information includes some email messages made by or received by Donald Trump or members of his family. Now the new President and his family reportedly are switching to encrypted email messages.

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Encrypted Chat App Signal also Does Encrypted Video Calls

signalinline-289x385The encryption app Signal has become the go-to private communications channel for activists, journalists, politicians, and more. However, until now, it lacked video calling. On Tuesday, Signal’s creators at the non-profit Open Whisper Systems announced a beta version of the update that, in addition to video calling, adds the ability to answer calls from a locked screen, and what they promise will be better call quality.

You can read more at https://whispersystems.org/blog/signal-video-calls-beta.