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.

WeChat Is Watching You

If you ever use WeChat, the Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app developed by Tencent, you need to read the article by Barclay Bram in the Nautilus web site at http://nautil.us/issue/73/play/wechat-is-watching. After reading the article, you probably will want to immediately uninstall the WeChat app from your computer devices. WeChat is sort of the Chinese equivalent of Facebook or WhatsApp. WeChat has more than 1 billion active […]

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Webmail – the Good, the Bad, and What Comes Next

From the TutaNota Blog: “Since its start, webmail has become incredibly popular. Everybody has at least one free webmail account: Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook.com, and GMX are some of the most widely used webmail services. However, as we learn how the web works now, how companies manipulate us, how free services abuse our data, the time has come to demand change – because we deserve it.” The full article may be […]

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How to Find Ethical Alternatives to Big Tech Products and Services

From an article in The Next Web (TNW): “It’s not like any of us went to a store for unethical people and told the clerk to load us up with dozens of products and services developed by companies that have no regard for personal privacy, human rights, or the future of our planet. “But here we sit. There’s a good chance that the company that makes your phone’s OS develops […]

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Facebook Quietly Changes Search Tool Used by Investigators, Abused by Companies

Facebook’s Graph Search allowed anyone to search a wealth of public data on Facebook in very specific ways, such as searching content for keywords in a particular point in time. Late last week, Facebook quietly made changes to a set of advanced features that previously allowed users to search the social network in powerful ways, such as finding all posts on Facebook by a keyword and within a certain date […]

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Baltimore’s Bill for Ransomware: Over $18 Million, So Far

The city of Baltimore had many of its Windows computers infected by Ransomware, a type of malware that threatens to publish the victim’s data or to perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. When a ransomware computer is used, a message similar to the following is displayed on the screen: “The files on this computer have been encrypted. You have 96 hours to submit payment, otherwise your […]

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