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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

Bitcoin Messenger May Become the Most Secure and Private Text Messaging Service of All

According to an article by Leigh Cuen in the CoinDesk web site: A new bitcoin privacy technology was born this week, inspired by the politics of the “Great Lockdown.” On Monday, software engineer John Cantrell released a messenger application called Juggernaut. It’s built entirely on top of bitcoin’s scaling layer, the Lightning Network, and offers end-to-end encrypted, onion-routed, peer-to-peer messages. In some ways, Juggernaut offers a more secure and primitive version of the Ethereum-based Status messaging app or […]

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Millions of VPN Users Endangered by this Cross-Border Intelligence Pact

Your government is plotting against you and your desire for privacy! I bet you are not surprised, right? According to an article by Joel Khalili in the TechRadar Pro web site: “While VPN users across the globe might assume their internet activity is safe from prying eyes, the privacy of millions could be jeopardised by little-known information sharing treaties, designed to sidestep surveillance law. “According to data collated and analysed […]

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Status Wants to Be the World’s Most Private Instant Messaging App

I haven’t had a chance to try Status just yet. However, if the product lives up to its specifications, this could become the only text messaging app you would ever want to use: Fully encrypted end-to-end No central server; all text messages travel directly from the originanting cell phone to the receiving cell phone with no temporary stops on any server in between No telephone numbers! Spies, hackers, credit card […]

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Apple, Google Bring Covid-19 Contact-Tracing to 3 Billion People

I don’t know if this is good news or bad news for private citizens. It seems to be blend of both. Here are a couple of quotes from an article by Mark Gurman in the Bloomberg web site with my own comments added in parenthesis: “Apple Inc. and Google unveiled a rare partnership to add technology to their smartphone platforms that will alert users if they have come into contact […]

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Thought for the day, 10 April 2020

“This shift is a bit like when websites moved from HTTP to HTTPS as the global standard: it lets consumers know that their information is protected by default… Unsurprisingly, these innovations have alarmed banks, regulators, and law-enforcement agencies. But just as the early Internet needed encryption to enable digital commerce, cryptocurrencies need privacy protections to unlock their full power and potential. Whether one needs to guard against authoritarian regimes, data […]

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Billions Of Google Chrome Users Now Have Another Surprising Option

From an article by Billy Bambrough in the Forbes web site: Google Chrome has dominated the internet browser market for the last decade with a staggering near-60% market share and users stretching into the billions. Rivals to Google Chrome, including Apple’s Safari, Microsoft’s Edge (formerly known as Internet Explorer), and Mozilla’s Firefox have largely failed to convince users to switch—but browser choices are becoming more complex. Users’ desire for greater […]

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Tails, the Security-Focused OS, adds Support for Secure Boot

Tails is one of the most secure, possibly THE most secure, operating system available for PC computers today. The Tails Operating System is even recommended by Edward Snowden. Now Tails is capable of booting on systems where UEFI Secure Boot is enabled. Launched in 2009, the Tails OS is meant to be launched from DVDs or USB thumb drives, operates solely in a computer’s RAM, runs all network traffic through […]

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