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 Privacy – How Much Information Are You Giving Away?

If you haven’t reviewed your Facebook account’s privacy settings for a while, you may be sharing more than you realize. Facebook is under fire for drawing up terms and conditions so confusing that few people can understand what they’re actually agreeing to when they sign up to the social network. Whatever you think of the service, with 1.35 billion active users (about the same as the population of China), that […]

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iSentry Instantly Converts your Macintosh into an Internet-connected Motion-Sensing Security System

This one works. I replaced an old MacBook Air about a year ago and purchased a new version of the same thing only with a bigger hard drive, a faster processor, and a better display. The old laptop sat on the shelf for a while until I started pricing out a new security camera to keep en eye on the house when I am away. Wait a minute, I already had […]

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Buy a Chromebook and Receive 1 Terabyte of Free Google Storage for Two Years

Are you thinking of storing a lot of files in a cloud-based file storage service, such as Google Drive? Here’s a deal for you: buy a Chromebook. Google is now offering one terabyte of storage FREE of charge for two years to anyone who purchases a new Chromebook laptop computer and redeems the offer by January 31, 2015. Get your calculators out and do the math: one terabyte of storage […]

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Did the NSA Invent Bitcoins in 1996?

The NSA didn’t invent the name “bitcoin” but it was one of the first organizations to describe a Bitcoin-like system. In 1996, the intelligence organization published a paper titled, How to Make a Mint: the Cryptography of Anonymous Electronic Cash. The proposed system would work very much like Bitcoin, establishing a secure and distributed system for financial transactions. Almost a decade later, someone using the name Satoshi Nakamoto published a […]

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How to be Safe when Shopping Online

Online safety is something we all need to be concerned with. However, the safe use of credit cards online seems doubly important as we enter the holiday shopping period. Consumers will spend roughly 1.2 trillion dollars in online shopping this year, according to Statista at http://goo.gl/DomMya. That number is expected to double in the next four years. Almost all of the transactions will be paid with a credit card, a debit […]

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New York Teen Identifies Mugger on Facebook

If you are a thief, you might not want to post anything on Facebook or other social networking sites. This week, a 15-year-old New York boy used Facebook to identify his mugger. On October 27, the victim had his wallet and cell phone snatched at a bus stop in Staten Island, New York. However, the victim thought he recognized the robber from around his neighborhood, and used Facebook to find […]

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