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.

Add Your Own Security for Online Backups

Many security-conscious computer owners question the wisdom and security of backing up files online. In my mind, this is a non-issue. Security is always under your control, if you wish. You can securely place any files on any online storage system if, and only if, you first encrypt the files before sending them from your computer. Luckily, that is easy to do. Once your files are encrypted, nobody can read […]

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How To Set Up A VPN (And Why It’s A Good Idea To Use One)

MakeUseOf has published an article by Dave LeClair that describes the selection of a VPN (Virtual Private Network), some generic installation instructions (each VPN installation will probably vary slightly) and gives a brief explanation of why using a VPN is a good idea. The article is easy to read and is suggested for anyone who is not yet familiar with VPNs. I only have two minor “quibbles” with the article: […]

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MegaChat: a Browser-Based, Encrypted Voice and Video Chat App

MegaChat claims to be a secure alternative to Skype, offering browser-based voice and video chat. The application is now available although the first release seems to have a few remaining bugs. The producing company’s background has been controversial, at best. Flamboyant CEO Kim Dotcom (an obvious pseudonym) started with Megaupload. He was soon arrested by New Zealand authorities for encouraging copyright violations. Charges were later dropped. He has since added […]

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Your Computer and Smartphone could be Held Hostage

If you unwittingly download malicious software, your computer and even your smartphone could be locked, unable to do anything. It’s called ransomware, a type of malicious code that leaves its victims feeling personally violated. Some versions destroy your data if you don’t pay, while others merely threaten. Some will encrypt your device, scrambling everything it contains until you pay a ransom. Some versions of ransomware display a fake FBI alert […]

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6 Secure Communication Apps You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

If you are using one of the popular online chat programs, your texts can be monitored by most any snoops. BlackBerry Messenger, Facebook Chat, Skype, Snapchat, Viber and WhatsApp are all insecure and iMessage is only partially secure. However, five other chat products are very secure, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). You can learn about each product in an article by Harry Guinness at http://goo.gl/a9sWvT.

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White House Sides with UK, Wants a Backdoor to Encrypted Data

President Barak Obama has officially come out in support of UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s push for backdoor government access to private encrypted data, and even went so far as to suggest U.S. companies that offer ways to decrypt user data are patriots. The President’s comments follow Mr. Cameron’s push for government access to encrypted emails, and text messages, and it signals a serious threat to our personal privacy. Details […]

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