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The Government Of Kazakhstan is Coercing its Citizens to Install a Root Certificate in their Devices that will Allow the Authorities to Monitor Everything the Citizens Do Online

UPDATE: The Kazakhstan government announced on 8 August 2019 that the project is being abandoned. Kazakhstan’s State Security Committee said in a statement that the certificate rollout was simply a test which has now been completed. Users can remove the certificate and use internet as usual, it said. While this is scary for the citizens of Kazakhstan, every computer user in the world also should be concerned. If one government […]

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Worried about the Capital One Hack? ? Here’s What To Do.

Millions of Capital One customers have been affected by a data breach that the bank says happened in March. Approximately 100 million people in the United States and 6 million more in Canada are affected, the company said, with about 140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers compromised. That may include you. Michelle Toh tells what affected Capital One customers should do […]

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25 Million Android Phones are Infected with Malware that Hides in the WhatsApp Messaging App

If you use an Android phone and have WhatsApp installed, you need to read an article by Thomas Brewster that is available in the Forbes web site at: http://bit.ly/2xG7jUL. WhatsApp is a supposedly secure text messaging service owned by Facebook. It uses end-to-end encryption. That should make it safe to use, right? However, the article by Thomas Brewster describes malware (malevolent software) that has already infected as many as 15 […]

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Purism Introduces A New Social Network Named ‘Librem Social’

Tired of your digital life being exploited online? Librem has been working on privacy-enhanced solutions. (See my past article about Librem at https://tinyurl.com/yxlt8ywe.) Now the company has added a new social network, Librem Social, available for both iOS and Android. According to the announcement: Librem Social is part of a network of social network servers already boasting over 2,000,000 users! Two Million! Follow friends. Make new ones. Share stories, pictures, […]

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Maine Passes Bill Prohibiting ISPs from Selling Customer Data Without Consent

With the FCC currently less than concerned with consumer privacy and net neutrality, it’s important for states to adopt their own measures. The state of Maine has passed a very strongly worded bill that highlights privacy before profit, and it could set a precedent for other states to follow. Detail may be found in an article by Eric Hamilton in the TechSpot web site at: https://tinyurl.com/privacyblog-2019-0602.

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