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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

The AKASHA Project Plans to Deliver an Internet with Total Privacy and Freedom of Expression

This may turn out to be a bit controversial. Mihai Alisie is the founder and CEO of AKASHA, an Internet where privacy and freedom of expression are embedded into the code. The result will be a new online service that will be impossible to censor or for any governmental or other organization to control. It promises to deliver true democracy. Today’s Internet is heavily censored, according to Alisie. Established companies […]

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Secure Your Web Browser with HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere is an extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. It is a free and open source web browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera, created by a collaboration by The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). It automatically makes websites use the more secure HTTPS connection instead of HTTP, if they support it.

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Why WhatsApp’s End-to-End Encryption Is a Big Deal

Here is an interesting article for anyone concerned with privacy of text messaging. Dann Albright writes: “WhatsApp, one of the most popular alternatives to text-messaging in the world, recently announced that they would be enabling end-to-end encryption in their service (this follows their previous announcement that they’d be partnering with Open Whisper Systems to improve the security of the app). “The timing of this announcement is especially notable, as the […]

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Gabriel is Possibly the Most Secure Suite of Products for use with Family, Friends, and Business Associates

Gabriel from VirnetX includes secure email and a lot, lot more. It includes military-grade encryption along with freedom from spam mail. It never stores any data on any third-party servers, not even email servers, and not even on VirnetX’s servers. These benefits are automatic when communicating with other Gabriel users. Gabriel will lock out all hackers and spies with its combination of encryption, virtual private networking (VPN), and serverless technology. […]

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Get Free Unlimited VPN on the New Opera Desktop Browser

If you value your privacy and want to avoid web sites that track you, use a VPN. VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) will secure your computer’s internet connection to guarantee that all of the data you’re sending and receiving is encrypted and secured from prying eyes. It is especially useful when traveling and using untrusted wi-fi and hotel networks. I travel a lot and use a VPN in my laptop for […]

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Privacy International Unleashes Huge Dump of Dirt on GCHQ Surveillance

Interesting article in The Inquirer: PRESSURE AND RIGHTS GROUP Privacy International has released a huge whack of documents rammed with dirt on GCHQ and its habit of grabbing personal information and communications. The documents show that successive home secretaries have allowed this to carry on since at least 2005. The Privacy International report said that the documents go back to 1998, and include details and memorandums about a range of […]

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Should You Store Your Data in the Cloud?

Wendy Zamora has written an article in the Malware Bytes web site about the security and reliability of storing your files in cloud-based file storage services. I recommend the article for reading by anyone who is not comfortable with using cloud services. I agree with most everything that Wendy wrote although I would expand on one of her statements: ““Yes, your data is relatively safe in the cloud—likely much more so […]

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