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.


If You Travel Frequently, You Need a Chromebook for Security and Privacy Reasons

According to an article by Chris Hoffman in the How-To Geek web site: “Chromebooks are great travel companions. They have a lot of advantages over Windows laptops: Their storage is always encrypted by default, they’re inexpensive, and they aren’t vulnerable to many of the problems that affect Windows PCs.” Hoffman also points out the numerous security and privacy concerns with Windows computers. He writes, “…Windows is the only operating system […]

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This Fake VPN Installer is Stealing Users’ Passwords

I have written before about the FREE ProtonVPN. See for a list of my past articles. I consider it to be a great FREE VPN, one of the very few free VPNs I would trust. HOWEVER, a hacker has now created a look-alike product that actually is malware (malevolent software) that, once installed in a computer, steals every user name and password for every site the computer visits. Even […]

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Amazon’s Ring app shares Loads of your Personal Info, Report Finds

Unfortunately, this applies to not only Ring, but also to many web sites, social media services, and computerized devices used by millions of people around the world. However, a recent article by Kate Cox and published in the Ars Technica web site focuses on the appalling business practices of Amazon’s Ring devices. You probably want to read the article at and then stop to think about the organizations that […]

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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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India Proposes New Rules to Access its Citizens’ Personal Data

From a report by Manish Singh in the TechCrunch web site: “India has proposed groundbreaking rules, akin to Europe’s GDPR, that would require technology companies to garner consent from citizens before collecting and processing their personal data. ‘But at the same time, the new rules also state that companies would have to hand over ‘non-personal’ data of their users to the government, and New Delhi would also hold the power […]

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