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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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Secure Your Web Browser with HTTPS Everywhere

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.

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John Oliver Exposes the Issues of Cell Phone Encryption on ‘Last Week Tonight’

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 […]

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FCC Proposes Stricter Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers

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 […]

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Britain Sets ‘Bad Example’ on Surveillance, Says UN Privacy Rapporteur

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 […]

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IRS Shuts Down Identity Security Tool for Taxpayers due to Security Problems

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.

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A Simple Reason Why Encryption “Back Doors” Should Never Be Allowed

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 […]

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Trojan Malware Might Be Recording Your Skype Conversations

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 […]

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