Software developed by corporations is usually the property of the company that produces it. Those companies usually keep the source code secret, considering it to be trade secrets. However, this proprietary software also means the producing company can easily insert malicious code or secretly collect information about the user and, even worse, allow others to see that information. One example is Skype, a company acquired by Microsoft. Recent documents released […]
Online Privacy & Security
Firefox version 33.1 adds a new button called “Forget,” which lets users wipe only their most recent browsing history and cookies. Users can choose to forget the last 5 minutes, 2 hours or 24 hours of activity, while preserving all history and cookies prior to that timeframe. Of course, Firefox has had a Private Browsing feature for some time that wipes all history and cookies once users close the private […]
Prime Minister David Cameron, who said he would pursue banning encrypted messaging services if Britain’s intelligence services were not given access to the communications. Apparently, these services provide too much privacy protection, in the PM’s opinion. You can read more in the New York Times’ Bits Blog at http://goo.gl/d3vR86.
A new network has quietly been built in recent months that adds better security than even Tor. It gained some publicity this weekend when a replacement for the infamous Silk Road web site was announced. “Silk Road Reloaded” launched on Sunday, and is only accessible by downloading the special I2P software, or by configuring your computer in a certain way to connect to I2P web pages, called ‘eepsites’, and which […]
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.
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 […]