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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

Free Guides to Understand Digital Security and Protect Your Privacy

From the MakeUseOf web site: “With the number of data breaches, phishing attacks, and other digital threats facing us today, you need to know how to stay secure when using technology. Check these free online guides to understand digital security and protect your privacy. “Miscreants try to infiltrate your systems through various channels, such as your browser, phone, emails, and even the Wi-Fi networks you connect to. The first step […]

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Want to Take Back Your Online Privacy? 7 Easy Steps to Stop Facebook and Others From Spying on You

In my opinion, an article by Jessica Guynn in the USA Today web site should be required reading for everyone who ever uses the Internet: “Survey after survey shows we don’t like having our sensitive personal information collected, monitored and tracked whenever we share with friends on social media, shop online or use our mobile devices. “Yet we hand over much of this information willingly, whether to Facebook and Instagram, […]

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10 Reasons Telegram Founder ‘Thinks’ Using WhatsApp is Dangerous

Telegram founder Pavel Durov in an official blog post listed out several reports to criticize WhatsApp and explained why he thinks using WhatsApp is dangerous. Telegram is a WhatsApp rival app and Durov went no holds barred in stating his bias against WhatsApp. “Some could say that, as a founder of a rival app, I may be biased when criticizing WhatsApp. Of course I am. Of course I consider Telegram […]

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Facebook Settles Lawsuit Over Its Use of Facial Recognition for $550 Million

After years of wrangling in courts, Facebook finally has settled a lawsuit over its privacy-invasive use of facial recognition. Last year it agreed to stop turning on the tech to scan photos by default, which built a template of your facial data, and automatically suggested tags in photos based on it. Details may be found in an article by Richard Lawler in the engadget web site at https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/30/facebook-photo-tagging-facial-recognition. In other […]

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Wawa’s Massive Card Breach: 30 Million Customers’ Details are now For Sale Online

If you have used Wawa’s convenience stores and gas stations at any time from from March 4 until December 12, 2019, your name, credit card number(s), and other personal information are already known to numerous hackers. On Monday, hackers put up for sale the payment card details of more than 30 million Americans and over one million foreigners on Joker’s Stash, the internet’s largest carding fraud forum.

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