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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.

Email Security

Feds Can Read Every Email You Opened Last Year Without a Warrant

It’s no longer a surprise that the government is reading your emails. What you might not know is that it can readily read most of your email without a warrant. Any email or social networking message you’ve opened that’s more than six months old can also be accessed by every law enforcement official in government — without needing to get a warrant. That’s because a key provision in a law […]

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Avoid Advertising Email Messages with 10 Minute Mail

Did you ever give your email address to a web site in order to retrieve some information and then the site bombards you with advertising messages for weeks? Yes, me too. There is one rather unique tool that will reduce the filling of your in-box: 10 Minute Mail 10MinuteMail is a secure, temporary email service. This means that it lets you have a private email address that anyone can send […]

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Federal Wiretaps Down Slightly, Encryption Impact Decreases

According to the 2014 Wiretap Report, released today by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts a total of a total of 3,554 wiretaps were reported as authorized, with 1,279 authorized by federal judges and 2,275 authorized by state judges. Compared to the applications approved during 2013, the number approved by federal judges decreased 13% in 2014 and the number approved by state judges increased 8%. One state wiretap […]

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Facebook Adds PGP Encryption to Email Messages

Facebook is adding the ability to upload an encryption key to your profile to prevent hackers from snooping on your notification emails. Notification emails from the company often include the content of the message; encryption would turn those messages to gibberish for sophisticated third parties. The ability to add OpenPGP public keys to profiles is rolling out now but may not be available to all users for several more days.. […]

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Easily Create Disposable Phone Numbers and Email Addresses

A new mobile app called Shuffle has launched a simple utility that lets you create additional, disposable phone numbers you can use to call or text as well as receive voicemail through, right from your iPhone. Shuffle allows anyone with an iPhone (an Android version is promised) to have a second or even a third telephone number and email address. The new number and address can be either temporary or long-term. […]

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Email Privacy Requires New Federal Protections

“The government is essentially using an arcane loophole to breach the privacy rights of Americans,” said Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas. “They couldn’t kick down your door and seize the documents on your desk, but they could send a request to Google and ask for all the documents that are in your Gmail account. And I don’t think Americans believe that the Constitution ends with the invention of […]

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Obtain a Disposable Email Address

Privacy is something that is often missing on today’s Internet, and signing up for dodgy online services using your real email address is one way to have that privacy instantly violated. Whether it is spam offering you a totally fantastic sex life, or your desire to email sensitive information without being identified, you always need to create a buffer between the spammer and the “real you”. That buffer is a […]

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A Plan to Block Mass Surveillance by NSA, GCHQ and Others

The intelligence agencies of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (collectively known as the “Five Eyes”) collect and share huge amounts of data electronically. All of these countries spy both on their own citizens and foreigners alike. In addition, the United States has relationships (including various levels of intelligence data sharing and assistance) with Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, […]

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