Germany Might Pass a Law Requiring Backdoors in Any Type of Modern Device

Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s Interior Minister, while preparing a bill that allows the government to mandate backdoors in encryption. says that police officers are having a hard time investigating cases because smart devices are warning owners before officers could do anything about it. The Minister cites the cases of smart cars that alert an owner as soon as the car is shaken, even a little bit. He says he’d like police to be able to intercept that warning and stop it when investigating a case.

However, privacy advocates say the text also contains wording that would allow the German state to intercept any traffic on the Internet, effectively setting up a surveillance state with full snooping powers over everyone’s online communications. Experts called for caution before approving the new law, which could easily be abused in its current state.

You can read more in an article by Catalin Cimpanu in the Bleeping Computer web site at: http://bit.ly/2kxSywt.

Ricochet: Anonymous Instant Messaging for Real Privacy

Instant messaging is a wonderful invention. It allows for real-time communication that is easy to use. There’s only one major problem: it isn’t private. While we don’t know the details, it appears that NSA, the FBI, repressive governments, and hackers all over the world are monitoring your instant messages. Luckily, there’s an easy-to-implement solution that offers real privacy.

Ricochet is an open source program for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux that uses the Tor network to reach your contacts without relying on messaging servers. It creates a hidden service, which is used to rendezvous with your contacts without revealing your location or IP address.

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Facebook Launches “Did You Know” Questionnaire To Gather Even More Of Your Data

There’s no doubt bout it: Facebook is one of the major privacy-invading companies on the Internet. Perhaps it is THE MOST PRIVACY INVASIVE. Now an article in the Facecrooks web site describes Facebook’s latest method of surreptitiously obtaining your innermost thoughts and feelings

Quoting from the article:

“There’s no doubt about it: Facebook knows a ton about how you tick. From the content we share to the photos we post, the world’s largest social network possesses a vast array of information about how we think and feel. However, it wants to know even more. That’s why Facebook is launching a new feature this week called “Did You Know,” where you can answer questions about yourself related to your dreams, goals, feelings and more.”

You can read the full story at: http://bit.ly/2j0GJ5i.

Gutting Net Neutrality is a Death Knell for the Resistance

Interesting article by Sarah Kendizor in the Globe and Mail:

“Last week, the Federal Communications Commission announced it was planning a sweeping rollback of net neutrality, allowing corporations to decide what content is available online while pricing most citizens out of equal access to information.

“For nearly a year, America has stood at the crossroads of a damaged democracy and a burgeoning autocracy. If net neutrality is destroyed, we will cross firmly into the latter, and our return is unlikely.”

I suggest everyone who ever uses the Internet should read this article at: https://tgam.ca/2zKkmYY.

Nokia Security Report for 2017

Are you concerned about malware (malevolent software), such as viruses, keyloggers, and trojan horse programs? If so, you might want to read a new report from Nokia.

The Nokia Threat Intelligence Report examines malware infections found in mobile and fixed networks worldwide. It provides analysis of data gathered from more than 100 million devices by the Nokia NetGuard Endpoint Security solution. The new report details key security incidents and trends from the first three quarters of 2017. Amongst the findings:

  • Devices using the Android operating system were the most likely to be infected this year, according to Nokia research.
  • Android was the #1 target for Malware, about 1% of all Android devices will be infected, an increase from 2016. This means 0.94% of all Android devices were infected, slightly above Google’s 2016 Q4 estimate of 0.71%.
  • Out of all infected devices, 68.50% were Androids, 27.96% ran on Windows, and 3.54% used iOS.

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Vivaldi – A Privacy Oriented Web Browser

Today’s world is already comparable to George Orwell’s dystopian novel ‘1984’, since “everyone is being followed and everyone’s information is being collected.” Lack of awareness of the amount of data harvested online is “a perfect storm of a really bad idea,” according to Jon von Tetzchner. He said he was increasingly concerned about data collection and tracking by tech giants like Google and Facebook. He wants to change that.

von Tetzchner is the creator of Opera, the well-known web browser. Now he has a new project. Yes, he’s creating a web browser again. However, this one promises to be very different from Opera. He has since launched Vivaldi, which includes functions he says bigger browsers lack. Vivaldi.net does not track searches and is based on an online community of users who recommend features, he said. It also offers a million ways to customize everything.

You can learn more about the Vivaldi web browser and even try it for yourself at: https://vivaldi.com.