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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.

Online Privacy & Security

Telegram Change Protects Hong Kong Protesters from China but 200 Million Other Users are Affected (and That’s a Good Thing)

Telegram is a FREE multi-platform messaging service founded by Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov. It rolled out for Android in Alpha on October 20, 2013, and now has an estimated 200 million monthly users on Android, iPhones/iPad, Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. It has a reputation as a privacy enhanced text messaging app to communicate with other Telegram users, create group (text) conversations, send files, and more. Many users believe Telegram is […]

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Facebook’s Café Offers Free Coffee in Exchange for Your Privacy

What is believed to be the world’s worst privacy-stealing web site in the world recently offered a free “privacy check-up.” The stated purpose was to find any privacy problems resident on your cell phone. There is but one problem: you had to give up your privacy to Facebook in order to receive the check up. Details may be found in an article by Mike Murphy in the Quartz web site […]

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The Safest Messaging Apps

The security and privacy problems of most of today’s text messaging apps have been well documented in many places, including in this blog. Now Chris Ip has published an article in the EnGadget web site that compares all the more popular text messaging apps side-by-side, describing the strengths and weaknesses of each one. You can read his article at: https://tinyurl.com/privacy190829. NOTE: Read the description of Signal closely. Please note that […]

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The Myth of Consumer-Grade Security

From an article by security expert Bruce Schneier: The Department of Justice wants access to encrypted consumer devices but promises not to infiltrate business products or affect critical infrastructure. Yet that’s not possible, because there is no longer any difference between those categories of devices. Consumer devices are critical infrastructure. They affect national security. And it would be foolish to weaken them, even at the request of law enforcement. The […]

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You Can Finally See All of the Info Facebook Collected About You from Other Websites

Facebook collects information about its users in two ways: first, through the information you input into its website and apps, and second, by tracking which websites you visit while you’re not on Facebook. That’s why, after you visit a clothing retailer’s website, you’ll likely see an ad for it in your Facebook News Feed or Instagram feed. Basically, Facebook monitors where you go, all across the internet, and uses your […]

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