Keep Your Identity Secret with a Fake Identity for Online Accounts

There is no law that says you have to use our real name online. For most web browsing, you can use a fake name, address, or phone number. This can be an effective method of blocking “tracking” and other methods of corporate spying that is designed to steal your personal information.

NOTE: don’t give fake details for legally-binding accounts, which could constitute fraud!

To create a new persona that won’t giving away your personal details, use the Fake Name Generator at http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/ to create a false name, address, phone number, birthday, financial details, and more.

What is the Future of Privacy, Surveillance and Policing Technologies under Trump?

“But Mr. Trump, with the power of the presidency and executive branch as a whole at his fingertips, has said little of how he intends to approach the authority he now wields over the country’s surveillance policies. As developing policing technologies continue to outpace laws restricting their use, and as Mr. Trump and top members of his administration like Attorney General Jeff Sessions take a hard line against illegal immigration, terrorism and crime, experts in constitutional law and civil liberties fear the lack of an accompanying conversation on privacy protections could contribute to the erosion of Fourth Amendment rights.

“The Fourth Amendment guarantees the ‘right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.'”

The full article by Kathryn Watson of CBS News may be found at http://cbsn.ws/2s1g8DB.

Signal Private Messenger for Safe and Secure Text, Voice, and Video Messaging

“Privacy is possible. Signal makes it easy.”

Signal is a very popular safe and secure replacement for cell phone text messaging systems. Best of all, it is available FREE of charge. If you have an Android device, an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod Touch, Signal will supplement or replace your present text messaging app. Your cell phone will continue to send and receive normal text messages as it always has plus it will now securely send and receive private, encrypted text messages to and from anyone else who is using Signal.

Millions of cell phone users have installed Signal and use it every day to keep their communications secure and away from prying eyes. Users include many senior politicians in Washington, business professionals, newspaper reporters, movie stars, sports professionals, and private individuals alike worldwide. It blocks credit card thieves, identity thieves, nosey neighbors, and (probably) government agencies from tapping into your private communications.

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6 Things You Didn’t Realize Your Cell Phone Is Tracking

Most of us realize that our cell phones track our location minute-by-minute and that information is available to the cell phone company, to many web sites, to law enforcement agencies, and to hackers around the world who manage to access the various web sites. (See my earlier articles at http://bit.ly/2rUT3lF and http://bit.ly/2sPEAMe for details.) However, that is just the tip of the iceberg.

An article by Brad Jones in the Make Use Of web site details lots of privacy-invasive information being shared by your cell phone. Take a look at: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/iphone-tracking.

ProtonMail Makes Its Free VPN Service Available to Everyone

ProtonMail, the Swiss encrypted email service created by CERN and MIT scientists (and previously described in this blog at http://bit.ly/2snJfUJ and at http://bit.ly/2snGOlm), has released a new product in response to the administration’s roll back of Obama-era internet privacy rules. Starting today, you can try out the company’s VPN service, which was in beta testing by 10,000 initial users for a year, by getting it from the official ProtonVPN website.

The great thing about the ProtonMail VPN is that it has a free tier that’s free forever. It might not be as robust as the paid ones, but it still routes your connection through multiple encrypted tunnels in your choice of three different countries.

Now you have no excuse for not using a VPN!

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