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Security, Privacy Focused Librem 5 Linux Smartphone Successfully Crowdfunded

Purism’s Librem 5 security and privacy-focused smartphone was successfully crowdfunded recently when it reached and even passed its goal of $1.5 million, with 13 days left. Librem 5 wants to be an open source and truly free mobile phone designed with security and privacy in mind, powered by a GNU/Linux operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and running only Open Source software apps on top of a popular desktop environment […]

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How to Become a Full-Blown Privacy Fanatic With Purism’s Librem Laptop

If you value your online privacy and if you have need for a laptop computer, you need to read an article by Dell Cameron in the Gizmodo web site at http://bit.ly/2xJ6TM8. In the article, Cameron describes the $1399 Librem 13 manufactured by California-based Purism. The laptop runs a modified version of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. The modified version is called PureOS, a simple and unique Linux-based system designed by Purism’s […]

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Bose Headphones Secretly Collected User Data

My headphones did what? The audio maker Bose, whose wireless headphones sell for up to $350, uses an app to collect the listening habits of its customers and provide that information to third parties—all without the knowledge and permission of the users, according to a lawsuit filed in Chicago on Tuesday. The complaint accuses Bose of violating the WireTap Act and a variety of state privacy laws, adding that a […]

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Is the Chromebook the Most Private and Secure Computer Available Today?

I must admit that I love my Chromebook computer. I am using it more and more every day, including right now as I write this article in Microsoft Word Online. This low-cost ($150 to $500 US) powerhouse does almost everything I ever want to do on a computer. I am also impressed with the privacy and security that the Chromebook provides. Of all the consumer-grade operating systems available today, most […]

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LiteBook – the Impressive $249 to $269 Linux Laptop

Linux has always been known as a more secure operating system than Windows and even more secure than Macintosh. For most installations, Linux also requires less computing power than do either of its two major competing operating systems: Windows and Macintosh. Therefore, it is interesting (to me) that a company called Litebook has released a new Linux laptop that is priced to compete with Chromebooks and other low-cost laptops. The […]

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The Best Laptop for Traveling Is One You Can Afford to Lose

A few years ago, I had an expensive laptop computer stolen from my locked automobile. The thief apparently used a large screwdriver or some similar object to pop open the trunk of my automobile that was in a parking garage. When I returned to the automobile, the trunk was open, the laptop was gone, and there were some new scratches in the paint near the latch of the trunk. Not […]

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A Cheap New USB Dongle Can Take Over A PC Even if it is Locked

Serial hacker Samy Kamkar has released his latest invention, a tiny USB dongle that, whether plugged into a locked or unlocked PC, installs a set of web-based backdoors that in many cases allow an attacker to gain access to the victim’s online accounts, corporate intranet sites, or even their router. “In a lot of corporate offices, it’s pretty easy: You walk around, find a computer, plug in PoisonTap for a […]

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ORWL: a Tamper-Proof, Encrypted PC

If you’re paranoid about someone gaining physical access to your computer, the palm-sized ORWL could put your mind at ease. ORWL is billed by its maker Design Shift as the first “physically secure computer” due to the lengths the company has taken to lock down data stored on the device. The device sports an Intel Skylake Core m3 processor, as well as 8GB RAM, and either 120GB or 480GB SSD. […]

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Anonabox PRO WiFi TOR and VPN Router for Internet Privacy

I just returned from a two-week trip to New Zealand and then to Singapore. I wanted to have secure communications via email and via Google Duo (similar to Apple FaceTime but for both iPhone and Android cell phones) and I also wanted to be able to surf the web securely. I didn’t want any hackers to view online transactions with my bank account, credit card companies, or any online purchases […]

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