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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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Cryptomator Encrypts Your Files Before Uploading to Dropbox or Other Cloud-based File Storage Services

NOTE: This article was updated 25 June 2018. Many people are afraid to use Dropbox, Google Drive, or other file storage services because of the fear that “someone might see my personal data.” Whether the fear is valid or not can be discussed forever but there is a simple solution that always avoids the problem: encrypt everything before sending any files to the file storage service. Encrypted files cannot be […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Ditch WhatsApp for Viber

If you are using WhatsApp, you really need to read Rob Nightingale’s article in the MakeUseOf web site. Nightingale points out that WhatsApp‘s 1.2 billion users send tens of billions of messages to each other EVERY DAY. Obviously, that’s huge. Viber only has 800 million users. Yet Nightingale says that Viber is the better app in almost every way but WhatsApp got a head start and became popular before Viber […]

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The Latest Dump of Alleged NSA Tools puts Millions of Windows Computers at Risk

Thanks to The Shadow Brokers, any hacker can now easily attack and take over millions of Windows computers on the Internet. Actually, the risk has existed for years although probably only the NSA knew about the majority of these weaknesses in the Windows operating system. However, with the latest release of all the previously confidential information by The Shadow Brokers, everyone now has access to the same hacking tools. The […]

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Make Encrypted Voice Calls Using Telegram

Telegram is introducing the ability to make encrypted voice calls. It offers end-to-end encryption, meaning it is super secure. The Telegram interface is both familiar and easy to use. However, Telegram’s voice calling capabilities offer two major innovations over most of the competition: end-to-end encryption and granular control. Telegram puts you, the user, in charge of who can and cannot call you. This precision control means you can turn voice […]

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Macintosh Users: Encrypt and Hide Your Private Files with Hider 2

If you have something you would like to keep secret, whether it is your income tax return, your bet list you give to your bookie, or your wife’s or girlfriend’s (or both!) sizes needed for Christmas gifts, Hider 2 is the application you need. It keeps your data locked up and protected with password protection. Nobody gets into the app or your data without your password. It also optionally hides […]

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LinkLocker: Much More than Just Another Simple Bookmark Manager

LinkLocker is a lightweight bookmarking service with an emphasis on privacy. Save your links on our secure servers, and they will be visible only to you. In other words, it works in much the same way as a dozen or more other “bookmark managers” but with one major difference: privacy. LinkLocker is a bookmarking site has just recently launched. It is built from the ground up with privacy in mind. […]

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If You Want Privacy You Need to Run Linux

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has published an interesting article about privacy in the Computerworld web site. he says (in part): “Windows is unsafe by design, and macOS isn’t a lot better” “With President Trump considering asking foreign visitors to disclose all websites and social media sites they visit and Jeff Sessions, Trump’s attorney general pick, wanting cryptographic back doors, I think privacy is more important than ever. “True, I’ve been praising […]

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Use Send Anywhere for Secure Sending of Files

If there’s one thing you should keep both anonymous and disposable, it’s any file that you share with friends or family on the web. Sending an attached file from your email account is risky. First, normal email is non-secure; hackers can easily intercept it. Once intercepted, the same hackers can easily retrieve the attached file. Sending something private? It’s best to not use email! A better method is to use […]

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7 Tools to Manage Privacy Settings in Windows

Every Windows version has its flaws and user privacy is one that haunts them all. In Windows 10, detractors argue, privacy settings are so scattered across the operating that the average user cannot hope to protect themselves against Microsoft’s purported data mining attempts. You might conclude that Microsoft is intentionally making it difficult for you to disable everything. Thankfully, several third-party apps have stepped up. See http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/tools-manage-windows-privacy-settings/.

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