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.

Facebook’s ‘Cryptocurrency’ Libra has Nothing to do with Bitcoin or Other Cryptocurrencies

“To grasp the implications of Libra in the wider world of cryptocurrencies, of which there are thousands, it’s vital to understand how Bitcoin operates and why its users see value in a decentralized, non-national monetary system. By highlighting how Bitcoin works alongside Libra, it’s clear that the two have about as much in common as the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy does with gold mining — or a corporate powerhouse does […]

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A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto by Eric Hughes

In just 860 tightly-crafted words, Eric Hughes articulated a vision in 1993 for a world in which privacy was a basic human right. A lot has changed since 1993 but the need for privacy remains unchanged. In fact, privacy is under attack these days, making the reading of the Cypherpunk’s Manifesto more important than ever. A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto by Eric Hughes Privacy is necessary for an open society in the […]

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The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority says You are Too DUMB to Understand Cryptocurrencies and Shouldn’t be Allowed to Purchase Them

It’s always nice to see our governments looking out for the best interests of their citizens but sometimes the result is smothering those citizens and removing all opportunities from them for advancing their own interests and improving their own finances and lifestyles. An article by Scott Cook in the CryptoNewsZ web site states: “Financial Conduct Authority, the financial markets regulators of the United Kingdom, has suggested a ban on crypto […]

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Syncthing: a Free and More Secure Alternative to Dropbox, Google Drive, and Similar Services

Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, SugarSync, SpiderOak, Box, Apple iCloud, and a number of other services are great for maintaining identical copies of files on two or more computers. Word docs, PDFs, spreadsheets, photos, and any other digital assets can be available to you and your computers wherever you are. One common use for these file copying (or file “replication”) services is to keep a desktop and a laptop computer […]

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The Complete List of Alternatives to All Google Products

I admit it. I love several of Google’s products. They tend to work well, are reliable, and most of them are available free of charge. What’s not to like? Well, for one thing I don’t like Google’s invasion of my privacy. Google has “software robots” that monitor almost everything I do, read, or write when using any of the Google products. The results of all this spying are stored, analyzed, […]

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