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Reminder: Zello for Cell Phones is not an Actual Walkie-Talkie, and Still Needs Internet Connectivity to Work

Note: This article is off-topic. That is, it is not about privacy or any related topics. However, if you are somewhere near the eastern seaboard of the United States this week, this is information you probably need to know. From the Apple Insider web site: With Hurricane Dorian approaching the coast of Florida, word is again spreading about “push to talk” iPhone app Zello. However, downloaders should be aware that […]

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How Zello Became a Lifeline for Venezuelans Under Maduro

I have written several times about the private communications app called Zello. See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+zello&t=h_&ia=web for my past Zello articles. Zello has many uses , especially in catastrophes such as hurricanes, tornados, floods, forest fires, traffic jams, and more. It has also been used to coordinate anti-government activities in Russia. Now the Venezuelans are using Zello as a crucial tool for Venezuelans protesting widespread hunger and political oppression under dictator Nicolás […]

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Connecticut Court Case Highlights the Security and Privacy of the Zello Walkie-Talkie App for Cell Phones

I have written about Zello several times. See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+zello&t=h_&ia=web for a list of my past articles about this very useful and very private cell phone app. Now it seems that a court in Connecticut has learned how private the app really is. Various laws require police officers to turn over their personal phone records, if subpoenaed and if the phones were used for official police business. New London police officers […]

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Zello Walkie Talkie: Why App Downloads Are Soaring Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Are you facing a hurricane in your area? Or do you want to be able to communicate with friends and/or relatives during a hurricane and soon after? If so, read Zello Walkie Talkie: Why App Downloads Are Soaring Ahead of Hurricane Florence in the Yahoo web site at: https://yhoo.it/2p3WBTM. You can also read my previous articles about Zello by starting at: https://privacyblog.com/?s=zello.

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Communities in Scotland Adopt Zello for Residents to Use for Emergency Situations

This is a follow-up to my recent article about Zello at http://bit.ly/2Ej5vlB. Perhaps your community needs a similar plan? Largs, Fairlie and Skelmorlie can suffer gale force winds in the winter and the roads are often affected by flooding or heavy snow. A new project by the town’s community resilience team plans to improve communications with the public during adverse weather conditions, such as the recent Beast from the East […]

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Russia Blocks 500+ IPs & Domains, Fails to Shutdown the Encrypted Zello Voice Chat App

This is a follow-up to two different articles I published recently: The Zello App Can Help Save Lives During Major Storms and Has Many Other Uses Also at http://bit.ly/2Ej5vlB The Russian Government wants to Block Zello, But Can It Really Do that? at http://bit.ly/2qsKmR8 Indeed, the Russian government wants to block all usage of Zello. It seems that Zello is another example of the type of secure communications service which […]

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The Russian Government wants to Block Zello, But Can It Really Do that?

I wrote about Zello, the free walkie-talkie emulation software for cell phones, a few days ago at http://bit.ly/2Ej5vlB. It is a great app that gives users excellent one-to-one and one-to-many communications capabilities. Now the Russian government thinks that Zello is an evil thing. Well, it is evil in the eyes of a repressive government. The Russian government wants to block all usage of Zello. It seems that Zello is another […]

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The Zello App Can Help Save Lives During Major Storms and Has Many Others Uses Also

NOTE: This article is off-topic: it has nothing to do with privacy. If you are looking for privacy articles, you might want to skip this one. However, it is something that I believe all cell phone users should be aware of. The online app called Zello could save your life. It is also a great way to communicate with groups of people, such as relatives or members of a search-and-rescue […]

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Will My Cellphone Work During and After a Hurricane?

This is a bit of a follow-up to yesterday’s off-topic article, Reminder: Zello for Cell Phones is not an Actual Walkie-Talkie, and Still Needs Internet Connectivity to Work. I have some experience in emergency communications. I have been a ham radio operator since I was 14 years old and have been involved in a couple of real emergency communications operations as well as in dozens of preparedness drills. This article […]

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