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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.

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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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UK ISP Tests SIM Card That Forces All of Your Mobile Data Through Tor

This sounds like a great idea except, perhaps, that sending data through Tor is always slower than normal connections on the Internet. Tor is a highly-secure method of connecting to web sites. One UK grassroots internet service provider is currently testing a data only SIM card that blocks any non-Tor traffic from leaving the phone at all, potentially providing a more robust way to use Tor while on the go.

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Keep Loved Ones Digitally Close with Family Locator

Every time we have a disaster, I think of the cell phone app called Family Locator. I am in Florida at the moment, and news about this week’s Michael hurricane certainly reminded me of the need to find and even track the whereabouts of family members. This app answers an age-old question: “Where are you?” The Family Locator app for iPhones, Android phones, and even BlackBerry phones lets you know […]

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Spotty Data or Internet after Hurricane Michael? Try these Apps to Communicate

Thousands of residents are without power after Hurricane Michael barreled through the Florida panhandle and across Georgia Wednesday and Thursday. Telephone lines are down in many areas. Some people have reported spotty cell phone service and internet service in Michael’s aftermath, likely because of the continued power outages. Yet others, perhaps only a few miles away, report reliable cell phone service and internet service. What should you do if you […]

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Thought for the Day

“Recent privacy debacles at Yahoo, Equifax and Facebook have driven home the realization that anyone with a smartphone is walking, talking, searching, eating, posting, browsing fodder for advertisers, machine learning algorithms and thieves. And users neither control this data nor receive any compensation for giving it up.” – from an article by David Floyd at http://bit.ly/2yktmn3. Image already added

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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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Cajun Navy, Houstonians are Preparing to Respond to Louisiana during and after Tropical Storm Gordon

This article isn’t about privacy, but I will suggest it does show an example of people being prepared for an emergency. Are you prepared? On March 30, I published an article entitled, The Zello App Can Help Save Lives During Major Storms and Has Many Others Uses Also. Click here to read the earlier article. In that article, I described why I think everyone should have the Zello walkie-talkie app […]

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Skype Now Offers End-to-End Encryption

Skype users can now make encrypted voice calls and text chats. The end-to-end encryption used by Skype means that your chats are encrypted from one end to the other, ensuring eavesdroppers can’t intercept your messages or listen into your conversation. It has taken a while for Skype to offer the feature, but it’s better late than never. However, be aware that encryption is an OPTION. Unfortunately, the default remains the […]

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