Privacy Blog

"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

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 web site points out there are other choices as well. Read the article at and then take control of your privacy!

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Secure Email Provider Tutanota a Launches Free Encrypted Calendar

From the TutaNota Blog: “Our encrypted calendar – Tutanota Calendar – has just been added to your secure emails. This new feature brings amazing privacy improvements. With our encryption expertise, we have not only made sure that all data you enter is encrypted, we are also encrypting notifications for upcoming events. In contrast to other calendar services, we do not know when you have an appointment, where you have an […]

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Libra Cryptocurrency Won’t Set Us Free, It Will Further Enslave Us to Facebook

Ok, first of all, the new Libra digital currency announced this past week by Facebook is NOT a cryptocurrency! Other than that error, an article by Kenan Malik in The Guardian web site describes several reasons why Libra is a bad idea, especially for anyone concerned with personal privacy. You can read the article at: NOTE: Lots of news services are calling the new Libra proposal a “cryptocurrency” but […]

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5 Reasons to Use Online Bill Payment

An interesting article by Alison Cooper on the HowStuffWorks web site points out that paying bills online is much safer than sending a check through the post office: “Online bill payment is also safer than the snail-mail method: Your personal information is much more vulnerable to theft if it’s on paper and physically moving through the postal system.” Also, ” You can also use your credit card to pay all […]

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How Your Privacy Will Be Protected in the 2020 Census

Every ten years the U.S. Census Bureau conducts a nationwide survey that sets the terms for the country’s democracy. The questionnaire yields rich data, including people’s names, street addresses, ages, races, ethnicities, and other details. People’s responses help determine dynamics of power, such as how seats are apportioned in the House of Representatives, where voting districts get divided, and which communities receive federal funds. But the bureau, tasked with releasing […]

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