The Electronic Freedom Foundation has issued a year-end report of the state of privacy in the past twelve months. The report isn is positive although there are many issues yet to be addressed. The quick overview is available at http://goo.gl/6KVO2n with links to detailed articles available at https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/11/2014-year-review.
Online Privacy & Security
The FREE Tor networking software is so secure that even the NSA says it cannot break it. (See my earlier article at http://goo.gl/Y43zS3 for details.) I have been using the Tor Browser Bundle for more than two years now and can report that it works well. I suspect the Tor Browser Bundle is one of the best security tools available today. Probably it is THE best. Even better, Tor is […]
A report in Der Spiegel has shed new light on the NSA’s encryption-breaking programs, and put a spotlight on the handful of programs that are still giving them trouble. The findings, based on leaked documents, were also presented onstage at the Chaos Computer Club Conference in Hamburg by researcher Jacob Appelbaum and Laura Poitras, who took the findings as a call to action. Reports describe “major problems” following users across […]
Possibly the most secure of all available operating systems available today is Tails, an abbreviation for The Amnesiac Incognito Live System. If you are concerned about privacy of your email messages and also the ability to visit web sites without being tracked, you should become familiar with Tails. Luckily, that is easy to do. It boots on almost any Windows computer from a USB drive, DVD drive, or a SecureDigital […]
A judge in Oakland, California ruled on Tuesday that Facebook does indeed have to face a class action lawsuit charging that the social media firm violated user privacy when it scanned the contents of users’ messages for the purposes of targeting advertising to those users. The suit alleges that until October 2012, when the social network says it stopped the practice, it scanned the content of private messages sent between […]
A fascinating article by Matt Novak states: “We now know that governments around the world are vacuuming up virtually everything that passes through the Internet. And we trust companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, VISA, and Amazon with all our personal information. We’re constantly asking what these companies are doing with our information today. But maybe the more important question is, what will these companies do with our data far into […]
Today’s notions of privacy will be eroded significantly within the next decade as growing reams of personal data are willingly exchanged for the convenience of living our lives online. That’s the prevailing view among the more than 2500 industry experts from around the world – including academics, legislators and staff at global companies such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo – who were quizzed on the future of privacy and security.