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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

German Police are Telling Parents to Stop Posting Pictures of their Kids on Facebook

Hagen Police warned that photos of children are open to use by bullies or pedophiles. In a post earlier this week (ironically on Facebook), the statement urged parents to not post photos of their children on social media websites for everyone to see. The appeal stressed the importance of valuing the child’s privacy. Spokesman Tino Schafer said that at the very least, parents should ensure that their privacy settings should […]

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Google Saves Your Passwords in Plain Text

Do you think this is a security problem? If you use the Chrome web browser, you might want to know that Google is saving the passwords you use on the Internet. The purpose is to automatically allow you to sign in to apps and websites connected to your Google account. The problem is that you or anyone who can hack into your Google account can see all the paswords displayed […]

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EU to US: Stop Storing Our Data on Your Servers (or Else)

The European Union has much more strict rules about personal privacy than does the U.S. Now the legislators in the EU are threatening to make it illegal to store data on servers that don’t meet the EU privacy standards. Writing in ZDNet, David Gewirtz says, “…don’t like the idea of having their data on American servers because then the nasty NSA folks could go pawing through their digital detritus, stealing […]

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New Verizon Cellphone Policy Raises Cellphone Privacy Concerns

Do you have cell phone service through Verizon? If so, you might want to take a look at your privacy settings. Verizon’s new “Relevant Mobile Advertising Program” will collect more personal information about your web and cellphone usage and will sell that information to interested advertisers. Verizon, which recently acquired the advertising giant AOL, announced this week that starting in November, it’s going to start sharing personally identifying information from […]

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Hulbee Raises $9 Million to Grow Its Pro-Privacy Search Engine

Swiss-based semantic search company Hulbee, a non-tracking web search engine, has closed a $9 million angel funding. The consumer search offering is offered as a pro-privacy alternative to mainstream search engines like Google, with a pledge that unlike those guys it does not track users. So it’s competing with other search players in the pro-privacy space, such as DuckDuckGo. Although, unlike DuckDuckGo, Hulbee has its own (semantic) search tech too […]

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Correct the Privacy Problems in Windows 10

To improve application reliability, Windows 10 collects anonymous “telemetry data” like device IDs, device types and application crash data — which does not include content or files. Windows 10 also remembers the common words you type into text messaging conversations to provide completion suggestions. Microsoft claims that Windows 10 does not scan the content of your email, files or other communications for targeted advertising purposes. Nonetheless, the company is collecting […]

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Cyber Dust Privacy App for Text Messaging on your Cellphone

Cyber Dust allows you to communicate freely and honestly. Send and receive text messages, stickers, links, photos, videos and more. Your messages are protected from screenshots and disappear after they are read. They are heavily encrypted and never touch a hard drive, not even in the servers at Cyber Dust headquarters. Once your messages are gone, they are truly gone forever, never to be recovered. Messages are heavily encrypted and […]

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