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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.

Advertisement: How to be Anonymous Online: A Quick Step-By-Step Manual

This Kindle ebook by Anna Eydie will show you how to: Browse the Internet Anonymously. Use someone else’s computer without them knowing. Circumvent Windows without altering anything on the system. Make an email account that actually is anonymous. Use PGP Encryption the right way. Why Bitcoin is NOT Anonymous and how that is about to change – Other books tell you that Bitcoins are Anonymous or that you can use […]

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New Documents Reveal Which Encryption Tools the NSA Couldn’t Crack

A report in Der Spiegel has shed new light on the NSA’s encryption-breaking programs, and put a spotlight on the handful of programs that are still giving them trouble. The findings, based on leaked documents, were also presented onstage at the Chaos Computer Club Conference in Hamburg by researcher Jacob Appelbaum and Laura Poitras, who took the findings as a call to action. Reports describe “major problems” following users across […]

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The Amnesiac Incognito Live System (Tails)

Possibly the most secure of all available operating systems available today is Tails, an abbreviation for The Amnesiac Incognito Live System. If you are concerned about privacy of your email messages and also the ability to visit web sites without being tracked, you should become familiar with Tails. Luckily, that is easy to do. It boots on almost any Windows computer from a USB drive, DVD drive, or a SecureDigital […]

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Have Online Payments Become Safer Than Offline?

Ten days ago, I wrote Using a Credit Card Online is Safer than Sending a Check in the Mail at https://privacyblog.com/2014/12/17/using-a-credit-card-online-is-safer-than-sending-a-check-in-the-mail. Now an article in Wired indicates the same is true for making credit card payments in a store. The in-store payments have proven to be riskier than using a credit card online. As stated in the article by Marc Summe: “The long-standing narrative of credit card security is that […]

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You Don’t Need Credit Monitoring Services or Identity Theft Insurance

In fact, such coverage isn’t worth much and the few things it does accomplish are available free of charge elsewhere. In an article in the MarketWatch.com web site, Priya Anand writes: “The year 2014 saw an almost unrelenting avalanche of security breaches that struck retailers, banks and medical providers, among many others. At least 744 data breaches have been disclosed this year, with more than 115 million consumers’ records exposed, […]

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Facebook to Face Privacy Violation Lawsuit over Scanning Users’ Messages to Target Ads

A judge in Oakland, California ruled on Tuesday that Facebook does indeed have to face a class action lawsuit charging that the social media firm violated user privacy when it scanned the contents of users’ messages for the purposes of targeting advertising to those users. The suit alleges that until October 2012, when the social network says it stopped the practice, it scanned the content of private messages sent between […]

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