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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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Which Backup Products Are Good Ones?

In my recent article, US Hospital Pays $55,000 to Hackers after Ransomware Attack, I referred to “all good backup products.” That obviously leads to the question, “Which backup products are good ones?” I do not have a list of all good backup products for all operating systems, especially for those that are designed for use in large data processing centers. I am sure there must be dozens of such products. […]

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How You Can Protect Your Secrets with Encryption

News stories over the past few years about the unconstitutional actions of the National Security Agency (NSA) and other government agencies should serve as a wake-up call for all of us. Yes, there are many people and organizations trying to obtain information about you. From hackers in third-world countries, to companies trying to sell you products, to semi-secret agencies of the U.S. Government, it seems as if nearly everyone is […]

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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 […]

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Governments are using a Microsoft Zero-Day Vulnerability to Spy on Windows Computers

Government hackers were using a previously-unknown vulnerability in Microsoft’s .NET Framework, a development platform for building apps, to hack targets and infect them with spyware, according to security firm FireEye. The firm revealed the espionage campaign on Tuesday, on the same day Microsoft patched the vulnerability. According to FireEye, the bug, which until today was a zero-day, was being used by a customer of FinFisher, a company that sells surveillance […]

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Use the FREE On My Disk Software to Create Your Own Private and Secure Personal Cloud

You probably have read a lot in this web site and elsewhere about the various file storage services in the cloud. Some of the better known ones include Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, SugarSync, SpiderOak, Tresorit, Mega.nz, and perhaps a few dozen others. These are valuable services that allow you to gain access to your files wherever you are, to (optionally) share files with others, and to copy files from one […]

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Kaspersky Now Offers a Free Antivirus Program for Your Windows PC

Kaspersky is a Russian security vendor that offers several well-known and well-respected anti-virus and anti-malware (“malevolent software) products. Now the company is launching a free version of its award-winning antivirus software worldwide. Kaspersky Free offers the most basic protection for free for everyone who wants it. And all without bombarding you with ads. Kaspersky Free is now available in selected countries. In the words of Eugene Kaspersky himself, it offers […]

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