Privacy Blog

"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Thoughts About Privacy

Today is National Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day (known in Europe as Data Protection Day is an international event that occurs every year on 28th January. The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness about data privacy, the importance of individual privacy rights, and the need to protect personally identifiable information from improper use and disclosure. It is currently observed in the United States, Canada, Israel and 47 European countries. Sadly, National Data […]

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Twitter has Become Toxic. Can Mastodon Provide a Saner, Safer Alternative?

This story describes recent censorship and hate speech in India. However, similar stories are happening in many countries around the world, including the good ol’ USA. Eugen Rochko describes the problems and at least one solution involving Mastodon. Mastodon, which is not owned by any one person or corporation and is decentralized, is often proposed as an alternative to Twitter. It is a free and open-source social networking service where […]

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3 Reasons To Use a Digital Wallet

“Paying with just a wave of your phone can be more secure than a physical card.” Key takeaways: Mobile payments are safe—and they are faster and easier than paying cash or using a card. You can connect a debit card or a credit card to the digital wallet app in your phone to make mobile payments. If you have a smartphone, you can use that to pay for things with […]

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Decentralized Network Wants to Return the Internet to Users

Here’s a radical idea: take away all the control exercised by all the mega-corporations (Google, Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, Twitter and a few dozen others) and let smaller organizations and private citizens define how the Internet will operate. Actually, that’s not so radical after all. In fact, it is how the Internet operated in its early days before the mega-corporations (Google, Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, Twitter and a few dozen others) rose […]

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US AG Barr Demands Tech Firms Break Encryption

Some politicians simply don’t understand the legitimate needs for encryption. If they are not careful, they may get what they wish for. The latest silliness involves US Attorney General Bill Barr who told attendees of a cybersecurity conference in New York that the government should be able to spy on everyone’s secrets. You can read more at: What is encryption and why is it important? Encryption, is the process […]

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The Best Browsers for Privacy

From an article by Anita George in the web site: “While speed and user-friendliness are important concerns to consider when looking for a new browser, it’s also important to find the right browser for your privacy needs. Our picks for the best browsers for privacy include a wide variety of privacy features. “In fact, consider our top pick, Brave. It’s a browser that contains many of the same features […]

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A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto by Eric Hughes

In just 860 tightly-crafted words, Eric Hughes articulated a vision in 1993 for a world in which privacy was a basic human right. A lot has changed since 1993 but the need for privacy remains unchanged. In fact, privacy is under attack these days, making the reading of the Cypherpunk’s Manifesto more important than ever. A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto by Eric Hughes Privacy is necessary for an open society in the […]

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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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