Privacy Blog

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


WhatsApp Encryption makes it a Secure Instant Messenger

WhatsApp is probably the most widely-used instant messaging service for phones and tablets. It also is the most secure of all the popular instant messaging products although perhaps not quite as secure as some of the lesser-known products. This level of security wasn’t always available in WhatsApp. The service was hacked many times in its first few years. Last year, WhatsApp’s new owners Facebook decided enough was enough. As a […]

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The Mere Idea of Regaining Privacy Sends Law Enforcement into a Tizzy

Chris Duckett has written an interesting article that describes the inability of law enforcement agencies and other government spies to read your personal data. It describes the ridiculous paranoia of these agencies concerning their own citizens’ rights to privacy. Duckett also writes, “After having their privacy and security surreptitiously broken down for years, there are early signs that users may be getting some of their precious privacy back. It’s been […]

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Tor is Building a new Dark Net with Help from the U.S. Military

Tor is building the next-generation Dark Net in part with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. military agency charged with inventing the cutting edge of new technology. Tor plans to double the encryption strength of hidden service’s identity key and to allow offline storage for that key, a major security upgrade. Details may be found in an article by Howell O’Neill in The Daily Dot at […]

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A Popular ‘Encryption’ Package for Android and iPhone Doesn’t Encrypt

NQ Vault is a popular “encryption” program for Android and iPhone. It is listed as a “free download” but that is really only a trial version. To keep using NQ Vault, the user must pay to keep using it. Details may be found at One problem: at least the Android version doesn’t encrypt anything. An article at shows how to easy reveal anything that was supposedly encrypted with […]

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Germany Encourages End-to-End Email Encryption

The U.S. and U.K. governments are trying to eliminate encryption by private citizens. (See my earlier articles at and at and at and at The German government, however, has the opposite view. The biggest webmail providers in Germany will soon encourage their customers to use full-blown end-to-end email encryption. The providers, including Deutsche Telekom and United Internet, will next month roll out a browser plugin that’s […]

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