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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.

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Microsoft Confirms Update Warning For Windows 10, Windows 8.1 And Windows 7 Users

The latest Patch Tuesday update from Microsoft included several critical security fixes. Unfortunately, as Microsoft has now confirmed, it also borked some things. If you haven’t applied that August 13 update and are running on Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, you may want to read an article by Davey Winder in the Forbes web site before you do. Click here to read the article.

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Cryptomator – The Easy Way to Securely Save Encrypted Files in Your Computer(s) and in the Cloud

If you want to keep a few secret documents or even applications, you need to encrypt them and hide them in your computer. If you have more than one computer (desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.), you probably should have these secret, encrypted files automatically available on each computer and do that in such a manner that everything remains securely encrypted when copied to the other system(s). Even if you only […]

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The Complete List of Alternatives to All Google Products

I admit it. I love several of Google’s products. They tend to work well, are reliable, and most of them are available free of charge. What’s not to like? Well, for one thing I don’t like Google’s invasion of my privacy. Google has “software robots” that monitor almost everything I do, read, or write when using any of the Google products. The results of all this spying are stored, analyzed, […]

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A Chromebook’s Superb Security Is Another Good Reason To Leave Windows 10’s Update Failures Behind

I have written several times about the excellent security and privacy offered by Chromebooks. You can find my past articles about Chromebook security by starting at http://bit.ly/2UyLIqi. Now Kevin Murnane obvious agrees, based on his recent article in the Forbes web site. Murnane’s article focuses on the advantages of Chromebooks versus the many recent problems with Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. For that comparison, I’ll refer you to Kevin Murnane’s […]

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Firefox Announces Send, Providing Free Encrypted File Transfers while Keeping your Personal Information Private

I just tested this and found that it also works with Chrome and I suspect it will work with other web browsers as well. The sender and the recipient can be using either Windows or Macintosh. Additionally, Send will also be available as an Android app in beta later this week. Best of all, it is very easy to use. Not bad for FREE software! The following is an extract from the […]

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Google Duo Video Chat App is Available on the Web

This article is “off topic.” That is, it has nothing to do with privacy. However, it concerns one of my favorite video chat apps: Google Duo. I thought I would share this info with anyone else who is interested. Google has begun the rollout of the web version of the video calling service, Google Duo. It has always been available on Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch), as well […]

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Will a Chromebook Computer Run My Favorite Programs?

I recently published an article (at https://wp.me/p5Z3-76Q) about an inexpensive Chromebook computer that is on sale right now. I have also published numerous articles in the past about Chromebooks. Every time I publish an article about Chromebooks, several people write and ask, “Will a Chromebook computer run my favorite program(s)?” I decided to answer here so that everyone can read my reply. The short answer is: a Chromebook probably will […]

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