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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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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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Thanks to Facebook, Your Cellphone Company Is Watching You More Closely Than Ever

Offered to select Facebook partners, the data includes not just technical information about Facebook members’ devices and use of Wi-Fi and cellular networks, but also their past locations, interests, and even their social groups. This data is sourced not just from the company’s main iOS and Android apps, but from Instagram and Messenger as well. The data has been used by Facebook partners to assess their standing against competitors, including […]

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Angry Birds and the End of Privacy

“A Pew study published this January found that 76 percent of Americans knew basically nothing about Facebook’s tracking and targeting policies, even though other research shows that most people understand that they shouldn’t trust the company. (Researchers at Georgetown University and NYU recently named it one of the least trusted American institutions, across political parties.) If the tactics of even the largest, most public, most well-documented violator of our privacy […]

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Reclaim Your Privacy with These Privacy-Focused Alternatives to Google’s Services

If you’d prefer not to have a corporation and all its buddies breathing down your neck, consider these privacy-focused alternatives to Google’s services. Alternatives for Google Chrome, Google Search, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Photos, Google Translate, YouTube, Google Maps, and Gmail may be found in an article by Alexander Fox in the MakeTechEasier web site at: https://www.maketecheasier.com/google-services-alternatives-2/.

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