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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.

Hardware

Helm Wants You to Control Your Own Data Again

A new start-up company wants you to host your own (encrypted) email messages, pictures, videos, and more where everything is under your control, not something provided by a privacy-stealing corporation. Do you use the Gmail or Yahoo or Hotmail email services? If so, a large corporation can access your private messages for any reason at all. Or for no reason at all. The same is true for your photos, videos, […]

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Facebook Draws Harsh Criticism For Home Video Camera, also known as “the Spy in Your Living Room”

Yes, this is another article about Facebook’s many security and privacy problems. I guess I should be thankful for Facebook’s existence. Without Facebook, there wouldn’t be much to write about in this Privacy Blog. Facebook released its answer to the Amazon Echo this week — the Portal home device. And, predictably, the company’s announcement was met with almost universal outrage. Running through most of the responses was a common thread: […]

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Google’s Titan Security Keys are Now Shipping

In an article earlier this year, Security Keys have been Good to Google, So Now the Company wants to Sell them to You, available at https://tinyurl.com/yahrjxek, I pointed out that “Google’s workforce hasn’t suffered a single confirmed account takeover in over a year. The impressive security stat is due to small USB security keys issued to all 85,000 of the company’s employees.” That’s impressive for a high profile company that […]

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Chromebook: Probably the Most Secure Computer You Can Buy and It Only Costs $140 and Up

Chromebook computers have become very popular for many reasons. The most obvious reason is because they are cheap. You can purchase a Chromebook for $140 from Amazon at https://amzn.to/2K57U6j. I have occasionally seen even lower prices during various sales. Admittedly, that is the price for a bottom-of-the-line barebones Chromebook but it will still perform most all of the functions that 90% of the computer users need. Many would-be Chromebook users will […]

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Apricorn Aegis Padlock SSD: a Secure, Hardware-encrypted, Solid-State Drive that Fits in a Pocket

Do you have information that you want to keep private? It might be something you want to hide from business competitors, your boss, your spouse, your children, or from a girlfriend or boyfriend. For small amounts of information up to 200 gigabytes or so, an encrypted flash drive is probably the most convenient method of storing secrets. You can purchase pre-encrypted flash drives or else encrypt any normal flash drive […]

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Security Keys have been Good to Google, So Now the Company wants to Sell them to You

Google’s workforce hasn’t suffered a single confirmed account takeover in over a year. The impressive security stat is due to small USB security keys issued to all 85,000 of the company’s employees. Companies that produce these small pieces of hardware, like Yubico, have seen tremendous growth over the last two years thanks to rapidly accelerating adoption — but they will now have fresh competition. The Titan Security Key can be […]

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Atom, World`s Smallest 4G Rugged Smartphone

NOTE: This article isn’t strictly about privacy. However, it is about a very small cell phone that should become popular and also works well with Zello, the privacy-oriented walkie-talkie app. Go to https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+zello&t=h_&ia=web to see my previous articles about Zello. A review in the Digital Trends web site says, “The Unihertz Atom won’t replace your smartphone, but it’s perfect for outdoors.” While I haven’t yet had my hands on a […]

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ASUS Chromebox 3 is Now Shipping

Chromebook laptops have long had a reputation for being some of the most private and most secure computers available. For details, you might want to read my previous article at http://bit.ly/2r2PhZS and the dozen or so other articles by other authors, starting with the list shown at http://bit.ly/2r0L9ty. What fascinates me is that these highly secure laptop computers are amongst the easiest-to-use computers and also are amongst the cheapest laptops […]

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Hands On with the Aegis Secure Key 3z, a 100% Hardware-Based Flash Drive

Do you have some information, pictures, maps, databases, or other digital items that you would like to keep secret? Maybe it is your state lottery numbers that you play every week. Perhaps it is last year’s income tax return. Then again, you might have secret plans for your company’s new product that is under development. Perhaps it is the contact information for your bookie. Maybe you want to keep something […]

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Why Do You Have Two Telephone Numbers? Use an Amazon Echo Instead.

According to a recently published U.S. Health Department report at http://bit.ly/2icwvuw, 50.8 percent of American homes don’t have a landline telephone. Instead, the residents use a cellphone as their only phone or use a computerized VoIP phone or other, alternative telephone device. The number of landlines in homes has declined in recent years and apparently will continue to fall. There’s simply no need to have both an old-fashioned wired home […]

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