In at least one key way, cryptocurrency exchanges are exactly like banks: Americans who use them can have their information turned over to government agencies without a warrant. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a privacy-centric civil liberties group, has had enough of that, so it’s looking for cryptocurrency exchanges—whose users often prize crypto’s anonymity and censorship-resistance—to push back. You can learn more in an article by Jeff Benson in the […]
Online Privacy & Security
If you use Google and if you are concerned about your own privacy, you NEED to read the article by Brendan Hesse in the Lifehacker web site at: https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2020/08/how-to-automatically-delete-your-google-data-and-why-you-should/.
I would consider this to be good news even though privacy-invasive Facebook considers it to be a nightmare: online corporations are now legally required (in some jurisdictions) to preserve customer privacy! The California Consumer Protection Act, or CCPA, is considered the nation’s first true data-privacy law and among the strongest aimed at the digital economy. Consumer advocates say it could usher in more state laws that hold the likes of […]
From an article by Arielle Pardes and published in the Wired website: “In 2010, the Electronic Frontier Foundation was fed up with Facebook’s pushy interface. The platform had a way of coercing people into giving up more and more of their privacy. The question was, what to call that coercion? Zuckermining? Facebaiting? Was it a Zuckerpunch? The name that eventually stuck: Privacy Zuckering, or when “you are tricked into publicly […]
A billion or more Android devices are vulnerable to hacks that can turn them into spying tools by exploiting more than 400 vulnerabilities in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, researchers reported this week. The vulnerabilities can be exploited when a target downloads a video or other content that’s rendered by the chip. Targets can also be attacked by installing malicious apps that require no permissions at all. From there, attackers can monitor […]
A new report exposes how a federal contractor secretly puts government tracking software into hundreds of mobile apps. The data gleaned from this tracking is then sold back to the US government for undisclosed purposes. This tactic is deceptive because the tracking isn’t disclosed. However, it appears to be totally legal. Details may be found in an article by C. Scott Brown in the Android Authority web site at https://www.androidauthority.com/government-tracking-apps-1145989/. […]
The NSA Warned Staff That Smartphone Apps Can Track Them. Here Are Their Recommendations to Avoid Tracking.
It does seem strange that the NSA give advice on how to avoid tracking! After all, that is one of several U.S. government agencies that does the MOST tracking! In any case, the article may be found at: https://www.businessinsider.com/nsa-location-tracking-warning-smartphone-apps-2020-8.
From an article by Heather Murphy and published in the New York Times: “GEDmatch, a longstanding family history site containing around 1.4 million people’s genetic information, had experienced a data breach. The peculiar matches were not new uploads but rather the result of two back-to-back hacks, which overrode existing user settings, according to Brett Williams, the chief executive of Verogen, a forensic company that has owned GEDmatch since December.” Also: […]
Reasons: Easier to use More secure More features Much more secure Higher quality connections Free even for commercial use
Here is another argument in favor of encryption without any “back doors”: In a report published this week, security researchers Pierre Kim and Alexandre Torres said they discovered seven vulnerabilities in the firmware of FTTH OLT devices manufactured by Chinese equipment vendor C-Data. Kim and Torres said they confirmed the vulnerabilities by analyzing the latest firmware running on two devices, but they believe that the same vulnerabilities impact 27 other […]