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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

Online Privacy & Security

Hundreds of Millions of Facebook Records Exposed on Amazon Cloud Servers

For once, we cannot blame Facebook for this security breach. Amazon apparently cannot be blamed either. The problem was created when two third-party Facebook app developers were found to have stored user data on Amazon’s servers in a way that allowed it to be downloaded by the public, according to a report from UpGuard, a cybersecurity firm. However, if your Facebook user name, password, or any of your personal information […]

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Use Token to Protect Yourself Against Credit Card Fraud

Disclaimer: This article is about a service I have not used myself. My bank already offers a FREE “virtual credit card” to its customers at no charge that is almost the same as the Token service described here. Therefore, I have no desire to switch. However, if your bank does not offer a “virtual credit card” service, you might want to read this article (or else switch banks!). An article […]

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List of Countries that have Officially Banned the use of VPNs

Here is a list of all the backwards countries that have passed laws that attempt to eliminate the online privacy of its citizens and residents: I suspect that banning VPNs only increases the use of VPNs in each of these countries simply because of all the publicity generated. When anyone is told they cannot use something, the natural reaction is, “Why not? Would it be useful?”

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Cloudflare’s New VPN Service Reportedly Won’t Slow You Down

Cloudflare has announced that it’s adding a VPN service to its DNS resolver app. The service, which first came to mobile back in November, currently attempts to speed up mobile data speeds by using Cloudflare’s network to resolve DNS queries faster than your existing mobile network. From a report: “We wanted to build a VPN service that my dad would install on his phone,” says Cloudflare CEO Matthew […]

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Mark Zuckerberg now says: “The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas.”

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, seems to have totally reversed his business philosophy. He recently wrote: “Technology is a major part of our lives, and companies such as Facebook have immense responsibilities. Every day, we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising, and how to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks. These are important for keeping our community safe. But if we were starting from […]

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Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps were Actually Government Malware and Spyware

Security researchers have found a new kind of government malware that was hiding in plain sight within apps on Android’s Play Store. More than 20 malicious apps went unnoticed by Google over the course of roughly two years. Experts told Motherboard the operation may have ensnared innocent victims as the spyware appears to have been faulty and poorly targeted. Legal and law enforcement experts told Motherboard the spyware could be […]

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