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.

HTTPS Encryption on Windows is No Longer Secure

For several years, many of us have depended upon HTTPS encryption to keep our online activities safe and secure from hackers and spies. The “S” in HTTPS claims that the connection to the web site is Secure. In other words, the connection is supposed to be safe due to the fact that it is encrypted. NOTE: For an explanation of HTTPS encryption, look at Wikipedia’s explanation at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTPS. Researchers at […]

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Attackers Exploit 0-day Vulnerability that gives Full Control of Android Phones

A limited number of Android phones are exposed to a very serious vulnerability. A member of Google’s Android team has stated the vulnerability will be patched—in Pixel devices, anyway—in the October Android security update, which is likely to become available in the next few days. The schedule for other devices to be patched wasn’t immediately clear. Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a devices aren’t affected. The phones affected include: Pixel 1 […]

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How to Easily Identify a Would-be car Thief: Install a DashCam

Beaverton, Oregon police know exactly what one car prowler suspect looks like, thanks to a dashcam that caught him in the act. The woman whose dashcam recorded the crime noticed one of her car’s doors was hanging wide open on Friday morning. Prowlers appeared to have spent the previous night combing the parking lot, looking for unlocked cars. The woman’s Owlcam motion-activated dashcam caught one prowler completely by surprise, as […]

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For Better Security, Store Your Private Information in a Flashdrive with Fingerprint Protection

Protecting the privacy of your personal information is a never-ending topic. In fact, you need to not only make sure your personal information is protected when on your computer but backup copies also need to be protected. There are numerous solutions available but one solution of protecting information that is stored off-site that appeals to me is by using a flash drive that can only be accessed by using a […]

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New WhatsApp Warning: Security Flaw Confirmed—1 Billion Users Told Update Apps Now

Still another security problem has been found in the encrypted WhatsApp messaging platform. (See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+whatsapp&t=brave&ia=web for articles about WhatsApp’s past security issues.) Now a new bug has been disclosed, one that allows an attacker to use a malicious GIF image file to open a vulnerability in WhatsApp and potentially access user content. The bug was identified and shared by “technologist and information security enthusiast” Awakened on Github, with a detailed explanation […]

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Facebook Will Have to Give UK Police Access to Encrypted Messages, According to a Bloomberg Report

Facebook and its messaging tool WhatsApp will have to give UK police access to users’ encrypted messages under an upcoming treaty with the US, says a Saturday report by Bloomberg, which cites a confidential source. The treaty, which covers other US-based social media platforms as well, would require the sharing in regard to investigations of serious crimes, such as terrorism and pedophilia, Bloomberg said. For some time, law enforcement officials […]

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The Problem with Facebook, Google, and other Advertising-Driven Web Sites

Here is a quote from Wikipedia. These words are in the description of Idka, a collaborative social networking platform. However, the words apply to all of today’s web sites that are funded by advertising (which does not include Idka): “Idka was founded upon the belief that the advertising-driven model cannot be fixed, contrary to what Facebook and others have said. Idka is the antithesis to the ‘Stalker Economy’, the foundation […]

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