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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.

Offline Privacy & Security

How to Use Clothing to Legally Trick Surveillance Cameras

If you want to avoid surveillance by automatic license plate readers, which use networked surveillance cameras and simple image recognition to track the movements of automobiles, one company suggests you wear one of their t-shirts. Or a dress. Or a hoodie. White hat hacker and fashion designer Kate Rose presented the inaugural collection of her Adversarial Fashion line at the recent DefCon cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. Several different items […]

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The Government has a New Way to Spy on You

From Simon Black’s SovereignMan newsletter: The Pentagon is currently testing high altitude surveillance balloons in several midwestern states. Flying at about 65,000 feet, the balloons are able to track multiple vehicles at once, in any type of weather, using radar. The Pentagon says the purpose of the solar powered unmanned balloons is to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats.” The data […]

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How to Thwart Facial Recognition

To enable people to obfuscate facial-recognition software programs, Leonardo Selvaggio, an interdisciplinary artist who is 34 and white, made available 3-D, photo-realistic prosthetic masks of his own face to anyone who wants one. He tested the masks by asking people connected to him on Facebook to upload pictures of themselves in the prosthetic: It didn’t matter if they were skinny women or barrel-chested men; short or tall; black, brown, Asian […]

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Never Commit a Crime When Your Phone Is Connected to a Wi-Fi Network

As four high school seniors sat around shooting the breeze before graduation, they decided to vandalize their school as a senior prank. Disguised with T-shirts over their faces to evade security cameras, the young men originally set out to spray-paint “Class of 2018” and other graffiti on the school property. Despite their covered faces, school officials had no problem finding who was responsible: The students’ phones had automatically connected with […]

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The Best Google Alternatives: 5 Privacy-Focused Search Engines

The popular DuckDuckGo search engine has long been the choice of everyone who wishes to avoid Google, Bing, Yahoo, and other search engines’ spying into personal lives. However, an article by Benjamin Powers in the Inverse.com web site points out there are other choices as well. Read the article at https://www.inverse.com/article/57756-privacy-google-alternatives and then take control of your privacy!

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