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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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Make an Easy Switch to Chromebook Now (and Never Look Back)

I have written a number of times about Chromebooks, the inexpensive and very useful laptop computers. (See https://goo.gl/AAaOZr for a list of my past articles about Chromebooks.) They also are generally considered to be more secure than Windows or even Macintosh computers. I have owned a Chromebook for three years or so and use it often. It is very secure, boots up quickly, and it only cost about $200. Best […]

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Does Windows 10’s WiFi Sense Feature Represent a Security Risk?

A lot of controversy has arisen from the Windows 10 upgrade. Once installed, your wi-fi connection can be shared by most anyone, even without your knowledge. To be sure, there are some controls and the free and open access can be turned off but most Windows 10 users probably are not aware of the problems. Any upgrade made by simply taking the defaults becomes an open target for hackers and […]

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Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Privacy Badger

The Electronic Frontier Foundation recently announced that its tracker-munching browser add-on is ready for prime time. Privacy Badger version 1.0 is available now for Chrome and Firefox. Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web. If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy […]

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Windows 10 Users and Experts Raise Privacy Concerns

In less than a week since the global release of Windows 10, the latest desktop operating system from Microsoft is getting criticized by privacy advocates and users alike. Some are even saying that the real price of Windows 10 – which is being marketed as a free upgrade – is actually users’ privacy. Windows 10 comes with a plethora of new features including the digital voice assistant Cortana among others. […]

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Apple’s New Longer Passcode Will Make Brute-Force Attacks Far Tougher

From Apple’s website: “The passcodes you use on your Touch ID-enabled iPhone and iPad will now have six digits instead of four. If you use Touch ID, it’s a change you’ll hardly notice. But with one million possible combinations — instead of 10,000 — your passcode will be a lot tougher to crack.” Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, said the new mobile software for iPhones […]

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NetUSB Vulnerability Leaves Millions of Wi-fi Networks Open To Attack

Your wi-fi router may be insecure, allowing unknown nearby hackers to gain access to your network. Certain TP-LINK and Netgear devices are known to be vulnerable, but the researchers believe that devices from a whole range of manufacturers including IOGear, Western Digital, and ZyXEL are affected. If your router has the capability to plug in a USB device, you will want to read the article by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes in ZD-Net […]

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RoboLinux: a (More?) Secure Linux Desktop Solution

RoboLinux is a rather new distribution of Linux. It is designed for use by home users as well as enterprise users looking for a well-protected migration path away from other operating systems. RoboLinux has all the usual applications found in most Linux distributions and offers an easy path to add even more apps. What makes RoboLinux different from many other Linux implementations is the dedication to privacy. Two new additions […]

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