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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

The Real Life “Catch Me If You Can” Con Artist Says You Should Never Post These Three Things on Social Media

Frank Abagnale, a reformed con artist and author of “Scam Me If You Can,” was famously portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “Catch Me If You Can.” He now works as a private consultant, author and public speaker with the goal of preventing fraud. He has some advice for everyone who uses a computer, tablet, or smartphone: stop giving away your information to scammers. Abagnale thinks technology is only […]

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Now Even the FBI is Warning About Your Smart TV’s Security

Smart TVs are like regular television sets but with an internet connection. With the advent and growth of Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services, most saw internet-connected televisions as a cord-cutter’s dream. But like anything that connects to the internet, it opens up smart TVs to security vulnerabilities and hackers. Not only that, many smart TVs come with a camera and a microphone. But as is the case with most […]

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Why You Want to Enable Encryption On Your Laptop

Experience is a great teacher. About ten years ago, someone broke into the trunk of my automobile and stole my business laptop computer while I was dining with friends in a local restaurant.Apparently, it was easy to get into the automobile’s trunk. Scratches on the trunk lid looked like a large screwdriver was used to “pop” the trunk open. I never recovered the laptop computer. Even worse, the thief probably […]

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Homeland Security Department Sued for Allegedly Tracking and Interrogating Journalists

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security violated the First Amendment when it allegedly tracked and interrogated five journalists between 2018 and 2019, the American Civil Liberties Union said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The lawsuit includes accounts by five freelance photojournalists, all of whom are US citizens and were stopped by Customs and Border Protection, an agency within DHS, while traveling to and from Mexico between November 2018 and January […]

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Amazon Ring’s Policies are an Open Door for Privacy and Civil Liberty Violations

US Senator Edward Markey yesterday revealed the results of a months-long investigation into Amazon‘s Ring camera-doorbells and the company’s relationship with law enforcement. The Senator’s press team dubbed the findings “alarming” and called the company’s policies “an open door for privacy and civil liberty violations.” The press release is available at: http://bit.ly/2ObxAnb.

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We Must Stop Smiling Our Way Towards A Surveillance State

If you are not concerned with facial recognition and its related privacy issues because you believe you have nothing to hide, you NEED to read Steve Ranger’s article in ZDNet: https://www.zdnet.com/article/we-must-stop-smiling-our-way-towards-a-surveillance-state/. “For sure, these technologies can have many benefits, from making it quicker to unlock your phone or recognising criminals in the street. But allowing these technologies to become pervasive without rigorous debate about the need for them, the effectiveness […]

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