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.

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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White House Officials Weigh Encryption Crackdown

White House officials apparently want to give a great “free gift” to credit card thieves, identity thieves, hackers, the spy agencies of foreign governments, and others who wish to do you harm. According to an article by Eric Geller in the Politico.com web site: “Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can’t break […]

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