Privacy Blog

“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

Thoughts About Privacy

Why You Might Want to Give Up Your Landline Phone

Millions of people are cutting the cords of landline phone service and have switched to cellular or VoIP (internet calling) services. You might think, “That’s nice, but I like my wired landline phone. I plan to keep it forever.” I bet you will change your mind before long. You may not change it today, but I suspect you will change within a very few years. When you do, you probably […]

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Nokia Security Report for 2017

Are you concerned about malware (malevolent software), such as viruses, keyloggers, and trojan horse programs? If so, you might want to read a new report from Nokia. The Nokia Threat Intelligence Report examines malware infections found in mobile and fixed networks worldwide. It provides analysis of data gathered from more than 100 million devices by the Nokia NetGuard Endpoint Security solution. The new report details key security incidents and trends […]

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Hurricanes and Your Personal Data

The recent Hurricane Harvey, the present Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose presently in tropical waters that might head northward all bring to mind questions, such as “How do I protect my personal belongings and information?” I cannot speak to protecting belongings. However, procedures are well known and can be used to protect your family documents, insurance policies, photographs, and much more of the paper we all accumulate. Many of the […]

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More on the Equifax Data Breach

This is an update to the brief article I published last week at: http://bit.ly/2wTe9VF. Equifax, which supplies credit information and other information services, said Thursday that a data breach could have potentially affected 143 million consumers in the United States. Literally over one third of the entire US population is at risk of identity theft now thanks to Equifax’s bungling. In reality, it will only affect adults as children normally […]

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When Visiting Political, Religious, Sexual, Drug-Related, or other Controversial Web Sites, Always Use a VPN

This is a bit of a follow-up to the previous article, Trump Administration Demands Data on over a Million Visitors to anti-Trump Site. The Trump administration is demanding web host provider Dreamhost turn over the logs of over 1.3 million visitors to an anti-Trump website it hosts, the company has revealed. The demand asks for the IP addresses and other information that could be used to identify anyone who visited […]

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In Less Than Five Years, 44 Billion Cameras Will Be Watching Us

As jaw-dropping as that figure is, it doesn’t seem so crazy when you realize that today there are already about 14 billion cameras in the world, according to data from research firms such as Gartner. Next to phones, other camera-hungry products will include robots (including autonomous cars), security cameras, and smart home products like the new Amazon Echo Show, according to LDV Capital, a VC firm that invests in visual […]

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5 Ways Your Security Is at Risk in the Office

Dan Price has written an article that I will suggest should be required reading for anyone who uses an employer’s computer(s). 5 Ways Your Security Is at Risk in the Office at http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ways-security-at-risk-office outlines some risks you should be thinking about. I especially agree with a recommendation near the end of the article: “don’t keep any personal data on your employer’s network.” Again, the article is available at: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ways-security-at-risk-office.

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