Firefox Lightbeam – Visually Seeing the Benefits of Privacy in Real Time

Back in our Firefox Hardening guide, we talked about installing the extension Firefox Lightbeam. What is Lightbeam? Lightbeam is an app that gives you a visual graph of what your browsing looks like from a network perspective. Lightbeam looks at all of the network connections that your browser makes, and turns them into a visual … Continue reading “Firefox Lightbeam – Visually Seeing the Benefits of Privacy in Real Time”

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  • Oct 4, 2018
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Networking, Open Source, Privacy, Security,

uMatrix – A Powerful Firefox Extension to Enhance Security and Privacy

Today we are going to talk about uMatrix, a more powerful cousin of the uBlock Origin ad-blocker. uMatrix adds Cookie, CSS, Media/Image, Script, XML Http Requests (XHR), Frame, and other types of blocking to your security and privacy arsenal, and it allows the user to fine tune each of these types of blocking to the … Continue reading “uMatrix – A Powerful Firefox Extension to Enhance Security and Privacy”

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Firefox Hardening Guide 2018

Purpose: This guide shows a user in an easy-to-follow way how to improve the privacy and security settings of Firefox, which, when combined with a privacy VPN, gives a user a strong framework for protecting their information. This guide is broken down into sections, each addressing different areas of security and privacy settings within Firefox. … Continue reading “Firefox Hardening Guide 2018”

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  • Sep 5, 2018
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Networking, Open Source, Privacy, Security,

The Current Status of WireGuard VPNs – Are We There Yet?

In security circles, WireGuard is an exciting proposition. It is a modern, open-source VPN client and server system that is highly streamlined, lean, and easy to review due to its simplicity. Conceptually, this is something we have been seeing a hard push for in both cryptography and security circles. Code needs to be simple, have … Continue reading “The Current Status of WireGuard VPNs – Are We There Yet?”

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Privacy risks for customers and workers in the gig economy

In the modern “gig economy”, workers and customers frequently rely on websites and phone apps to schedule, track and evaluate services.  The data gathered and shared through these platforms can contribute to convenience, trust, and the overall customer experience. However, whether you access these platforms as a worker or a customer, it’s important to understand … Continue reading “Privacy risks for customers and workers in the gig economy”

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5 tips for helping children think critically about privacy

Navigating our increasingly connected digital world can be difficult for the privacy-conscious parent.  There are many decisions to make about how children engage safely and protect their privacy online, including whether and to what extent children are allowed to participate in social media and games.  Fortunately, there are a lot of resources out there, including … Continue reading “5 tips for helping children think critically about privacy”

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Big Telecoms with Questionable Motives are Starting VPN Services

We are in a world where everyone is trying to get a hold of your information. Corporations and governments want to know what you’re buying, what you’re saying, and essentially what you’re thinking. The world is waking up to the Internet’s privacy problem, and an arms race has started between groups trying to harvest your … Continue reading “Big Telecoms with Questionable Motives are Starting VPN Services”

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When the threat is in your home: Online privacy, security and domestic violence

As digital citizens, we often think about how to secure our internet activity and communications from external sources, including Internet Service Providers, governments, and malicious hackers.  For some, including journalists and dissidents, maintaining privacy and security from third parties is an essential part of protecting their lives and liberty, and breaches can have dire consequences.  However, … Continue reading “When the threat is in your home: Online privacy, security and domestic violence”

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  • Jul 28, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Open Source, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Why Gmail’s new “confidential mode” is not so great for privacy, and potentially awful for the open Web

Gmail is used by well over a billion people worldwide, making it one of the most important online services. Google has recently started rolling out a new design that includes novel features. One of the most interesting of these is the so-called “confidential mode”. At first sight, that sounds like good news for privacy: “With … Continue reading “Why Gmail’s new “confidential mode” is not so great for privacy, and potentially awful for the open Web”

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