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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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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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TAILS 3.12 ; The Highest Level of Privacy Available in a PC or Macintosh

Linux has long had a good reputation for maintaining privacy of the individual. Amongst all the versions of Linux (called “distributions” or “distros”), The Amnesic Incognito Live System (TAILS) has the reputation of being the MOST PRIVATE. TAILS can be installed on almost any computer designed to run Windows or Macintosh. Yes, unlike some other Linux operating systems, TAILS has versions available for a Macintosh computers as well as for […]

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Windows 10 Logs Your Activities to the Cloud Even When You Tell It Not To

This isn’t much of a surprise. “Although Microsoft appeared to answer critics, and even lawmakers at the beginning of the year by incorporating even more privacy controls into Windows 10 (which really just adds to the flood of settings you now have to be mindful of) it would appear that the toggles do little to nothing in reality.” Details may be found in an article by Steven Parker in the […]

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Keep Loved Ones Digitally Close with Family Locator

Every time we have a disaster, I think of the cell phone app called Family Locator. I am in Florida at the moment, and news about this week’s Michael hurricane certainly reminded me of the need to find and even track the whereabouts of family members. This app answers an age-old question: “Where are you?” The Family Locator app for iPhones, Android phones, and even BlackBerry phones lets you know […]

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A Review of Kolab Now

If you are concerned with the privacy of your information. (We’re looking at YOU Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and a bunch of other well-known privacy-invasive companies!) Kolab Now might be the perfect replacement for your present email, text messaging, calendar, address book, and other services. Kolab Now is an especially good replacement for Gmail, Microsoft’s email services (HotMail, Outlook.com, Microsoft 365, and others), Yahoo, and other services that read your email […]

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Wasabi: the New, Low Cost Cloud Storage Service

Wasabi is a brand-new cloud storage service. The company is so new that not all the planned “bells and whistles” are yet available. However, the present implementation hows a great deal of promise. In short, Wasabi appears to be perfect for Macintosh and Windows users looking for a simple way to use cloud storage at very low prices. I signed up for Wasabi a few hours ago and, so far, […]

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