Privacy Blog

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

Apple Just Gave 1.4 Billion iPad, iPhone Users A Reason To Leave Because of Secret Eavesdropping on Conversations

From an article by Gordon Kelly in the Forbes web site: “Last month The Guardian revealed Apple was employing contractors to listen to and “grade” Siri recordings and they “regularly” heard confidential information from iPhone and iPad users, including medical information, drug deals and recordings of couples having sex. And now a new report from the Irish Examiner has given a sense of scale to what was happening. “’Contractors in […]

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How to Set Up Your Devices for Privacy Protection

From the DuckDuckGo Blog: “Computers, smartphones and internet-connected gadgets have made our lives easier to the point where we’d be stuck without them. The flip side is the more we rely on them, the more data passes through them and potentially out of our control. Sadly, these devices are often poorly privacy protected, for example a 2016 study of Android devices showed a shocking 34% of users don’t even have a passcode […]

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Want to Survive Ransomware? Here’s How to Protect Your PC

Ransomware is a huge problem these days for users of Windows computers. See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=ransomware&t=brave&ia=web to find hundreds of articles about ransomware. Once your files have been encrypted (or even deleted in some cases), you cannot get them back unless you pay a ransom, usually thousands of dollars. The sad part of all this is that ransomware problems are easily prevented, but only if you make preparations in advance. If you wait until […]

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Microsoft Confirms Update Warning For Windows 10, Windows 8.1 And Windows 7 Users

The latest Patch Tuesday update from Microsoft included several critical security fixes. Unfortunately, as Microsoft has now confirmed, it also borked some things. If you haven’t applied that August 13 update and are running on Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, you may want to read an article by Davey Winder in the Forbes web site before you do. Click here to read the article.

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Facebook has Hired Contractors to Listen in to Users’ Conversations in its Messenger Service

Here is another reason to stop using Facebook and all of the company’s various services. It seems the company monitors the conversations of its 1.3 billion customers. From an article by Kate O’Flaherty and published in the Forbes web site: “Facebook has just become the latest big tech firm to confirm that external contractors are listening to audio of users’ private conversations. According to a Bloomberg report, Facebook has hired […]

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Decentralized Network Wants to Return the Internet to Users

Here’s a radical idea: take away all the control exercised by all the mega-corporations (Google, Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, Twitter and a few dozen others) and let smaller organizations and private citizens define how the Internet will operate. Actually, that’s not so radical after all. In fact, it is how the Internet operated in its early days before the mega-corporations (Google, Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, Twitter and a few dozen others) rose […]

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The EU could hit Facebook with Billions in Fines over Privacy Violations

The European Union is reportedly nearing the end of its investigation into some of the cases it opened against Facebook under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, the Wall Street Journal reports. In total, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, which is leading the investigation since Facebook’s HQ in Europe is in Dublin, has 11 cases against the social network.

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