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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.

Security

Scottrade Security Breach Hits 4.6 Million Customers

In an email sent to customers, St. Louis-based Scottrade said it recently heard from federal law enforcement officials about crimes involving the theft of information from Scottrade and other financial services companies. “Based upon our subsequent internal investigation coupled with information provided by the authorities, we believe a list of client names and street addresses was taken from our system,” the email notice reads. “Importantly, we have no reason to […]

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Many Torrent Sites Ban Windows 10 Over Privacy Concerns

Since the launch of Windows 10, there have been all manner of privacy concerns — some grounded in fact, others less so. Whatever your view of the latest version of Windows, it’s impossible to deny that this has proved one of the more controversial releases to come from the Microsoft stable. Getting in on the paranoia now are torrent sites, with some coming out and saying they have implemented a […]

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A Quote from a Recent UK Government Report on Privacy

“Privacy is an essential prerequisite to the exercise of individual freedom, and its erosion weakens the constitutional foundations on which democracy and good governance have traditionally been based in this country.” From a 132-page report, A Democratic Licence To Operate, which Nick Clegg commissioned last year in the wake of revelations by the US whistleblower Edward Snowden. The full report is available at https://www.rusi.org/news/ref:N55A40513857F8/#.VaREe6Zzc22.

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How to Safely and Securely Store Your Private Data Online with SpiderOak

File storage services in the cloud are very popular these days — and for good reasons. Services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, SpiderOak, iCloud, Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon S3, Box, and numerous others offer free or very low cost file storage space that can be used for any of a number of reasons. Cloud storage serves as an added layer of data protection for your precious and irreplaceable […]

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Follow-up: TSA Boss Replaced after US Airport Screeners Missed 95% of Weapons, Explosives in Undercover tests

The acting director of the Transportation Security Administration has been reassigned after an internal investigation revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement Monday that Melvin Carraway would be moved to the Office of State and Local Law Enforcement at […]

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US Airport Screeners Missed 95% of Weapons, Explosives in Undercover Tests

This article isn’t about privacy but certainly is about security. The two words frequently go hand in hand so I may publish occasional articles here about security. I am taking an airline flight tomorrow and now am wondering about the other passengers on the plane! Transportation Security Administration screeners allowed banned weapons and mock explosives through airport security checkpoints 95 percent of the time, according to the agency’s own undercover […]

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