The Tor Web Browser and its matching Tor “onion networking” is generally considered to be the most secure and highly private web browser available today. (Tor is an abbreviation for “The Onion Router”). Invented by the U.S. government and available free of charge to everyone worldwide, Tor enables anonymous anonymous communication. Now a Tor web browser is available for Android computers.
Offered to select Facebook partners, the data includes not just technical information about Facebook members’ devices and use of Wi-Fi and cellular networks, but also their past locations, interests, and even their social groups. This data is sourced not just from the company’s main iOS and Android apps, but from Instagram and Messenger as well. The data has been used by Facebook partners to assess their standing against competitors, including […]
“A Pew study published this January found that 76 percent of Americans knew basically nothing about Facebook’s tracking and targeting policies, even though other research shows that most people understand that they shouldn’t trust the company. (Researchers at Georgetown University and NYU recently named it one of the least trusted American institutions, across political parties.) If the tactics of even the largest, most public, most well-documented violator of our privacy […]
If you’d prefer not to have a corporation and all its buddies breathing down your neck, consider these privacy-focused alternatives to Google’s services. Alternatives for Google Chrome, Google Search, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Photos, Google Translate, YouTube, Google Maps, and Gmail may be found in an article by Alexander Fox in the MakeTechEasier web site at: https://www.maketecheasier.com/google-services-alternatives-2/.
GEDmatch is an open data personal genomics database and genealogy website founded in 2010 by Curtis Rogers and John Olson. Its main purpose is to help “amateur and professional researchers and genealogists,” including adoptees searching for birth parents. However, it recently has also become “the de facto DNA and genealogy database for all of law enforcement,” according to The Atlantic’s Sarah Zhang. GEDmatch recently gained a lot of publicity after […]
If you use WhatsApp or are thinking about using it, you need to read WhatsApp Will Never Be Safe by Telegram founder Pavel Durov at https://ind.pn/2WR5Q91. Quoting from the article, “Looking back, there hasn’t been a single day in WhatsApp’s 10 year journey when this service was secure.” Durov isn’t the only one to criticize WhatsApp’s lack of security. You can find dozens more online articles detailing WhatsApp’s numerous security […]
Good online practices are described in an article in the Panda Security web site at https://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/mobile-news/tips-browsing-safer/.