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.

Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls

Once upon a time, Skype was an independent company that encrypted all calls so that nobody could listen in, other than the two people who were conversing. Then Skype was bought out by Microsoft and… well… things changed. The encryption went away and now contractors working for Microsoft are listening to personal conversations of Skype users conducted through the app’s translation service, according to a cache of internal documents, screenshots, […]

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What is Wi-Fi Calling and Why Would I Want It?

NOTE: This is an update to the information given in my earlier article, What is Wi-Fi Calling and Why Would I Want It? A lot has changed since I published the original article three years ago. In fact, today I am a bigger fan of wi-fi calling than ever before. It works well and I save more than $100 in monthly wired and cellular telephone charges as well. Many people […]

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Do You Use the Supposedly Private WhatsApp? If So, Read This and You Will Uninstall WhatsApp Immediately!

Anyone who believes their WhatsApp chats, or any other parts of their digital lives, are 100% private would be quickly disabused of that idea after spending two days with Tal Dilian. He is a 24-year Israeli intelligence veteran and multimillionaire spy-tech dealer who daily intercepts electronic communications, even those that supposedly are encrypted. He and the software tools he sells can recognize your face wherever you travel, listen in on […]

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A Quote about the Lack of Privacy in Encryption Back Doors

  “There is no such thing as a back door (or in this case, online surveillance tool) that can only be used by the good guys. The Shadow Brokers hack and the resulting WannaCry attack show what can happen when hackers get their hands on such tools. By forcing all Kazakh citizens to use the same certificate, the government is introducing a significant vulnerability. If hackers were able to get […]

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