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.

Some of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s warrantless searches through the National Security Agency’s enormous troves of communications data violated the law and the Constitution, according to secret surveillance court rulings partially declassified on Tuesday. The bureau’s so-called backdoor searches, long regarded by civil libertarians as a government end-run around warrant requirements, were overly broad, the court found. They appear to have affected what a judge on the court called […]

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr Presses Facebook on Encryption, Setting Up Clash Over Privacy

U.S. Attorney General William Barr apparently believes you should not have online privacy. He recently asked Facebook Inc. to delay plans to add encryption throughout its messaging services, citing public safety in a push to force the social-media giant to delay a major strategic shift outlined by Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg earlier this year. As a result, any messages you post on Facebook’s messaging services would be visible at least […]

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HTTPS Encryption on Windows is No Longer Secure

For several years, many of us have depended upon HTTPS encryption to keep our online activities safe and secure from hackers and spies. The “S” in HTTPS claims that the connection to the web site is Secure. In other words, the connection is supposed to be safe due to the fact that it is encrypted. NOTE: For an explanation of HTTPS encryption, look at Wikipedia’s explanation at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTPS. Researchers at […]

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Attackers Exploit 0-day Vulnerability that gives Full Control of Android Phones

A limited number of Android phones are exposed to a very serious vulnerability. A member of Google’s Android team has stated the vulnerability will be patched—in Pixel devices, anyway—in the October Android security update, which is likely to become available in the next few days. The schedule for other devices to be patched wasn’t immediately clear. Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a devices aren’t affected. The phones affected include: Pixel 1 […]

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How to Easily Identify a Would-be car Thief: Install a DashCam

Beaverton, Oregon police know exactly what one car prowler suspect looks like, thanks to a dashcam that caught him in the act. The woman whose dashcam recorded the crime noticed one of her car’s doors was hanging wide open on Friday morning. Prowlers appeared to have spent the previous night combing the parking lot, looking for unlocked cars. The woman’s Owlcam motion-activated dashcam caught one prowler completely by surprise, as […]

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For Better Security, Store Your Private Information in a Flashdrive with Fingerprint Protection

Protecting the privacy of your personal information is a never-ending topic. In fact, you need to not only make sure your personal information is protected when on your computer but backup copies also need to be protected. There are numerous solutions available but one solution of protecting information that is stored off-site that appeals to me is by using a flash drive that can only be accessed by using a […]

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New WhatsApp Warning: Security Flaw Confirmed—1 Billion Users Told Update Apps Now

Still another security problem has been found in the encrypted WhatsApp messaging platform. (See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+whatsapp&t=brave&ia=web for articles about WhatsApp’s past security issues.) Now a new bug has been disclosed, one that allows an attacker to use a malicious GIF image file to open a vulnerability in WhatsApp and potentially access user content. The bug was identified and shared by “technologist and information security enthusiast” Awakened on Github, with a detailed explanation […]

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