HTTPS Everywhere is an extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. It is a free and open source web browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera, created by a collaboration by The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). It automatically makes websites use the more secure HTTPS connection instead of HTTP, if they support it.
If you are using Microsoft Privacy Shield, you need to read an article in ZDNet. It quotes Microsoft’s Brussels chief, John Frank, as saying that Privacy Shield alone is not enough to protect your privacy. You need better protection than Privacy Shield alone. Check it out at http://goo.gl/lnZFoM.
Last Week Tonight host John Oliver tackled Apple and the FBI’s duel over encryption as the main segment on his show recently. He played out cases for both sides before siding with Apple and creating a comical ad for the Cupertino company in its signature style explaining why encryption is important. This video is obvious comedy but it covers a number of very serious legal issues. You can watch the […]
I did this last year and it works well. Want to add a security camera to your home? You can either buy a new one for $150 to $200 or you can use that old cell phone that is gathering dust in your sock drawer. The advantage of using the old cell phone is that it is available either free of charge or for a very low price by adding […]
The new rules would ensure your broadband or wireless service provider couldn’t share your personal data with marketers without permission. That’s the message the Federal Communications Commission is sending with a proposed regulation that would safeguard private customer information and require broadband and wireless companies to get consumers’ permission before sharing data with third parties such as marketers. Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated his proposal among the other four FCC commissioners […]
Britain is setting a bad example by legitimizing rather than outlawing mass surveillance, according to the UN’s privacy rapporteur, Joseph Cannataci. The criticism comes in a report to the UN Human Rights Council examining mass surveillance around the world. Britain is singled out as setting a bad example because of the government’s attempt to bring into law a number of new spying measures. Details are available in an article at […]
The Internal Revenue Service developed an identity protection tool designed to eliminate tax return fraud. It added an extra layer of security for taxpayers who are at higher risk of becoming the victims of fraud because of personal information leaked in commercial data breaches. Apparently, this new tool didn’t work out the way the IRS intended. The new tool now has been shut down because of security problems.
Several U.S. politicians and bureaucrats have called for “back doors” to be installed in all encryption products in order to allow the NSA, FBI, Homeland Security, and other U.S. government agencies to spy on both U.S. and foreign citizens. Anyone who makes such a suggestion obviously doesn’t know much about the encryption business. Security and encryption expert Bruce Schneier of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University […]
If you’ve got Skype, you’ll want to know about the Trojan T9000. It’s malware that records your conversations, both video-calls and text messaging, and is virtually undetectable to security suites. And because it’s a Trojan, you won’t even know about it. The T9000 Trojan provides backdoor access to your private information, automatically capturing encrypted messages, taking screenshots, recording audio files and documents sent via Skype. The problem appears to be […]
Would you like to access the web with your laptop or tablet computer while at a library or archive or most any other location? If a wi-fi network is available, that is easy to do. However, what do you do when you are not in range of a wi-fi connection? If you have a cell phone, there is an easy answer: tether the cell phone. Tethering allows sharing the Internet […]