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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

For Personal Privacy, Use a Virtual Mailbox Address

Perhaps you don’t want your street address visible to everyone. Mail forwarding services typically provide a new street address for your postal mail and then will forward the received envelopes and packages to any address the customer specifies. Mail forwarding services have been available for years but now such services have moved into the digital age. You can have your physical mail sent to such a service and then have […]

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Some Methods to Defeat “Porch Pirates”

NOTE: This article isn’t really about privacy. However, it is about a related topic: reducing losses by theft, thereby increasing your personal security Online merchants, such as Amazon, have become valuable resources for consumers worldwide. Thanks to online merchants, consumers now have a wider variety of products to choose than ever before. In most cases, all of us can also save money, time, and gasoline by online comparisons of various […]

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Millions of Bank Loan and Mortgage Documents Have Leaked Online

Millions of documents were found leaking after an exposed Elasticsearch server was found without a password. The documents contained highly sensitive financial data on tens of thousands of individuals who took out loans or mortgages over the past decade with U.S. financial institutions. You can read the sad news in an article by Zack Whittaker in the TechCrunch web site at: https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/23/financial-files/.

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Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother?

From an article by David Samuels in the Wired web site: “Big Brother is an emerging reality in China. Yet in the West, at least, the threat of government surveillance systems being integrated with the existing corporate surveillance capacities of big-data companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon into one gigantic all-seeing eye appears to trouble very few people—even as countries like Venezuela have been quick to copy the Chinese […]

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