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.

Is Your Car Tracking You?

I know that my new car is reporting my location frequently to OnStar. That’s above and beyond the fact that my cell phone also frequently reports my exact location to the cell phone company. The EZ-Pass unit in my windshield reports the date and time of every passage through a toll booth to state authorities. Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to add an additional comprehensive event data […]

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Ooma is now Available at the Lowest Price Ever

I fired the local telephone company years ago. I replaced the old-fashioned telephone service with a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephone that connects to the Internet router in my home. There are no telephone lines connected to my house. The VoIP system works well, providing crystal-clear voice calls and also works perfectly with security alarms, FAX machines, and more. I am especially pleased that Ooma offers secure, encrypted phone […]

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Ex-Morgan Stanley Employee Who Stole and Posted 900 Clients’ Personal Data is ‘Extremely Sorry’

The former Morgan Stanley employee who stole data from 900 of the firm’s wealth-management clients and posted it on the internet has come out with a statement. Information for as many as 350,000 wealth-management clients was stolen although the information posted online included information about only 900 of those clients. Galen Marsh is “extremely sorry for his conduct,” his lawyer told Michael J. Moore for Bloomberg Businessweek, insisting that Marsh […]

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The Cheapest Wallet that Blocks RFID Signals

Pull out your credit card and flip it over. If the back is marked with the words “PayPass,” “Blink,” or the wi-fi symbol that serves as the universal symbol for wireless data or a few other obscure icons, it’s vulnerable to an uber-stealthy form of pickpocketing. Anyone with a Vivotech RFID credit card reader (available for less than $50 on eBay) can invisibly read your credit card information even if […]

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CipherUSB

Looking for a simple reliable solution to secure the information stored in your Flash drive, Flash media, USB hard drive, or optical media? The CipherUSB may just be the answer. I have two of these devices and rely upon them to protect a lot of my information. Your data and your backups should always be encrypted, wherever you store them. Keep in mind that a lot of identity theft and […]

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