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Secure Email

How to: Use Email and Protect Your Privacy

Email… not secure, not elegant, and not going anywhere. Make your peace with it! I am sure that by now you have heard about at least one person whose email account has been hijacked, hacked or whose emails have fallen into the wrong hands. But enough with the scare mongering… If you want to learn…

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…

VPN Service Tunnel

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…

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…

Privacy Settings

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…

Occupy Wall Street Protester

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…

Facebook HQ

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…

The Borg - You will be assimilated!

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.…

Toronto G20 Protester holding flower

Canadians May Soon Be Monitored in Their Bedrooms

Canadians may soon have surveillance right in their bedrooms if the Chiefs of Police Association gets their way in parliament… No quite yet, but it would be easy to imagine…. The Chief’s of Police Association of Canada is resurrecting a Internet Surveillance bill that would allow law enforcement to intercept Internet communication of anyone in…

Securing Your Google Drive

Google Drive Opening Back Door Into Your Gmail Account?

Using Google Drive to store and synchronize your files between devices is generally a good idea (if you encrypt your personal data that is). The problem lies in using Google’s desktop client, both on Mac and Windows, because it includes a “Visit Google Drive on the web” link automatically logging you into your Google Account.…

George Orwell 1984

Interesting Tidbits From The Web Today

George Orwell was right and the attack on our freedom comes from within! The UN calls for “Anti Terror” Internet surveillance and in the UK the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) succeeds in forcing ISPs to block access to torrent sites CNet reports. Independently viewed these news snippets don’t mean much, but in the context of the global…

iPhone/Android Users Want to Read This

The FBI denies being the source of the UDIDs that Antisec leaked earlier this week, so where did the data come from? With the US government having a history of being less than truthful about it’s surveillance programs and no way to verify Antisec’s claims at this time, the origin of the data is anybody’s guess. While the leaked UDIDs appear to have little value, thanks to Antisec releasing data stripped of identifying information, Apple and Google have been secretly storing a year’s worth of location information on user’s devices, and in Apple’s case backing this data up to user’s…

Can Service Agreements Create Privacy?

An article by Hanni Fakhoury on the EFF’s blog suggests just that. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that “users lose their expectation of privacy when they turn information over to third parties,” a statement often used by law enforcement to obtain records without the need to get a warrant, leaving your constitutional rights in the hands of companies, which might not have your best interest in mind. There are, of course, exceptions. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals leaves an interesting door open and that is that under certain circumstances “a company’s guarantee to its customers that…

Can This Cat Keep Secrets Better Than Microsoft’s Skype?

Paranoia or not, in June of 2011 Microsoft was granted a patent for code to legally intercept VoIP calls, such as Skype, just a month after it acquired Skype. whether this technology was subsequently integrated into Skype, Skype refuses to answer. Mark Gillett, Skype’s Chief Development Officer, writes on Skype’s Blog in July 2012 that Skype will continue protecting their user’s privacy and only reveal content stored on their servers if legally required, technically feasible and law enforcement follows the appropriate procedures. What does that really mean? The company that owns Skype has a patent for software allowing interception of…

Internet Should Not Have Gatekeepers or Regulators

Everything political, everything social, the way we do things with other people is all done with your computer, on the Internet, with your iPhones with your mobile devices now, and it’s a totally different world then when we had powerful computers, but they weren’t a part of your life as much as now. And I’m just as happy as everyone to see it having turned out this way,” he tells RT. Apple’s co-founder fears that freedom of information is under attack, with the internet controlled and regulated in unnecessary and harmful ways. RT talked to Steve Wozniak on a range…

Sharing is Great, But it Could Come With a Cost!

Insurance companies apparently found yet another way to reduce their losses. An article by the UK’s Daily Mail claims that in the future claims could be rejected if customers had been ‘reckless’ with information they posted online. A spokeswoman for Hiscox Insurance admits it would consider rejecting applications outright from celebrities who write about their personal lives on Twitter because they are making themselves vulnerable to being targeted.

CNET – Subscriber Beware!

Being alert is a big part of protecting your privacy. I was just about to setup a profile in CNET when I found this little jewel (see picture!). There is nothing wrong with asking a subscriber to agree to terms and conditions, but what about signing them up to receive a newsletter in the same statement? Creepy…