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

Cell Phones

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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Your iPhone Reportedly can be Hacked by a $3,900 Device

Want to see what your friend (or lover or enemy or boss or anyone else) has stored in his or her iPhone? For only $3,900 US, you can find out. Oh yes, you will have to take possession of the iPhone for at least a few minutes, maybe for a few hours. The company selling the device, called DriveSavers, is also using strict identification protocols, in some cases requesting documents […]

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What Is Google Project Fi, and Is It Worth It?

Yesterday, I wrote an article entitled Google Adds Always-On VPN to its Project Fi Cellular Service. See http://bit.ly/2Pqlg4L to read the article. A couple of readers of this web site wrote and asked, “What is Google Fi?” In short, Google Fi is the best and cheapest cell phone service available for many people, but perhaps not for everyone. It fits my needs well. It may or may not fit your […]

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Google Adds Always-On VPN to its Project Fi Cellular Service

I have been an enthusiastic customer of Google’s Project Fi cell phone service for more than three years. I also always have a VPN (that I pay for) running all the time in my cell phone. You can read my past articles about the Project Fi cellular service by starting at: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+%22project+fi%22&t=h_&ia=web. I received a pleasant surprise today when I learned that Google is now offering a FREE VPN to […]

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Police Decrypt 258,000 Messages After Breaking IronChat Crypto App

Your public servants at work: spying on you. Police in the Netherlands said they decrypted more than 258,000 messages sent using IronChat, an app billed as providing end-to-end encryption that was endorsed by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. In a statement published Tuesday, Dutch police said officers achieved a “breakthrough in the interception and decryption of encrypted communication” in an investigation into money laundering. The encrypted messages, according to […]

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Other Governments are Listening to the Cell Phone Calls of Heads of State and Maybe to Your Calls as Well

From Bruce Schneier’s excellent Schneier on Security blog: “Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that the Russians and the Chinese were eavesdropping on President Donald Trump’s personal cell phone and using the information gleaned to better influence his behavior. This should surprise no one. Security experts have been talking about the potential security vulnerabilities in Trump’s cell phone use since he became president. And President Barack Obama bristled […]

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China and Russia Are Listening to Trump’s Phone Calls, Says the New York Times

According to The New York Times, the Chinese are regularly listening to Donald Trump’s cellphone calls (Warning: source may be paywalled. If so, try this alternative source). While he has two NSA-hardened iPhones, and a secure landline, he insists on using a consumer-grade iPhone — even while knowing he’s being eavesdropped upon — because it has his contact list on it. “White House officials say they can only hope he refrains […]

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