Privacy Versus Security: The New Equation

Privacy Versus Security: The New Equation

In Defense of Privacy A recent unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court has been called “a sweeping victory for privacy rights in the digital age” by The New York Times. At the same time a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Canada has been reported by The Globe and Mail as “a privacy…

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What Everybody Ought to Know About HideMyAss

In most instances using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is sufficient to hide your real identity while online; however as Cody Kretsinger, who was using just this type of service, the UK based company Hide My Ass, had to find out, this might not always be the case. For the record, I do not condone…

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Everything You Must Know About Tor

What is Tor? Tor, short for The Onion Router, is a free service designed to allow people to browse the web anonymously, and to evade all known methods of surveillance. Tor’s purpose is to allow individuals and organizations to view and exchange information across the Internet without compromising their privacy or anonymity. Information transmitted using…

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Google Drive – Storage is Cheap, Privacy Costs Money

The price for cloud storage is dropping. Recently Google cut its prices for Google Drive from USD 4.99 to USD 1.99 for 100GB and from USD 49.99 to USD 9.99 for 1TB, making it even cheaper to store your content in their cloud. But considering the privacy and security implications the real question here is…

Privacy and Anonymity

Privacy and Anonymity – Understanding the Difference

‘I have nothing to hide, so why worry?’ or so many people think. If you are so sure, then please email me the username and password for all your email and social media accounts… I didn’t think so! Privacy and anonymity are not the same thing and many people get them confused. We all know…

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Stop Cellphone Tracking with SilentPocket

In August of 2012, we linked to an interview with William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency (NSA) turned whistle-blower about domestic spying on our website: Invisibler. The interview revealed the NSA’s data gathering and analytical capabilities.  According to Binney, the NSA can construct elaborate social graphs on everyone about whom they…

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Is Tor Safe?

On August 5th, 2013 NBC News reports that “Tor users compromised in child porn takedown.” The Independent reports that Eric Eoin Marques, a 28-year old man from Dublin, appeared before a judge regarding charges of distributing child pornography originating from the FBI. Interestingly at the same time Freedom Hosting, a web host that allows users…

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What is a VPN and Why Use It?

With thousands of VPN services to choose from, each promising to keep your data secure, each advertising similar technical  features, how can any sane person make a rational choice? Fortunately, it is easier than you might think. Read on… What is a VPN? A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a private computer network constructed within…

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Video Revealed the NSA’s Top-Secret Efforts to Spy on U.S. Citizens

Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras interviewed William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency (NSA) turned whistle-blower about domestic spying. This mind-blowing, short clip reveals details of the NSA’s top-secret “domestic” spying program, Stellar Wind, which began under Bush/Cheney/Tennet/Hayden shortly after 9/11. Benney estimates that a facility being build in UT will be able…

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NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden: Governments Caught Lying

Article 12 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his hono(u)r and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.” In fact, Amendment 4 of…

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Edward Snowden – Democracy Under Fire

Every July 4th Americans celebrate their independence from British rule, usually a patriotic display of flags, plenty food and fireworks, an excuse for a long weekend, BBQs and getting drunk. What started out as a great plan, a democracy like never before, has suddenly come to a screeching halt, worst of all ,with the most…

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Messaging and Phone App Viber Blocked in Saudi Arabia

Various news sources, including the Shia International News Association, report that Saudi Arabia has blocked access to the popular encrypted messaging service Viber. Viber CEO, Talmon Marco told the BBC that he didn’t know why Viber was blocked and they expect to restore the service within a few days. Viber, a free messaging and VoIP…

Protect Your Privacy With 10 Easy Offline Steps

Protect Your Privacy With 10 Easy Offline Steps

Chances when you are reading this online, hopefully over your morning coffee or a good glass of wine while relaxing. I write about privacy a lot, but as many people I usually mean online, while the majority of life actually still happens offline, the Matrix none withstanding. Even the best online security measures aren’t good…

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Privacy Settings – Careful Using US-Based Companies

The EU considers US surveillance a “grave threat” to EU sovereignty. Rightfully so, as all data stored in public US clouds is subject to mass surveillance by US authorities. The EU considers personal privacy a fundamental right of any European citizen, which is obviously incompatible with warrantless mass-surveillance (FISA), as recently reauthorized for another 5…

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Occupy – It Was Always Meant to be About You!

A friend told me “Paranoia is a good thing, especially if you are being followed.” Apparently Americans, and very likely the rest of the world’s population, have good reason to be paranoid. In 2011/2012 the empire struck back, showed its teeth and the surveillance state was dragged out into the open. US mainstream media was…

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Facebook – The End of Privacy?

When it comes to privacy, Facebook is on a mission to eliminate it at all cost. The now publicly traded company is every marketing company’s and spy agency’s wildest dream come true, gathering information about social relationship and intimate details of more than a billion active monthly users. Knowing Facebook, Google and cohorts are collecting…

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Privacy? NSA Storing All Communications in Massive Database

All emails from anyone within the United States are stored by the NSA and other US government spy agencies for later retrieval if you “somehow” become a person of interest, says William Binney, former NSA crypto-mathematician. This blanket surveillance will allow government agencies to construct a scaringly accurate picture of your life from around 2002…

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Your Privacy is Under Attack – Facebook

Facebook, the Borg-Collective of the Internet, is making headlines about its Privacy Policies again. With over a billion Facebook “citizens”, larger than any country except China and India, any changes to Facebook’s policies are a big deal. How worried should you be? Facebook wants to change three major things, how it shares information with affiliates,…

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US Government May Soon Read Your Emails at Will

Senator Patrick Leahy, who previously introduced a bill that would have actually granted greater protection of your privacy, is re-introducing said bill for discussion on the senate floor next week. The new version however, would allow 22 government agencies access to your email without requiring a judge or informing the owner of accessed email accounts.…