Australia passes controversial encryption law, raising serious privacy and legal concerns

On Thursday, the Australian government passed a controversial new law that would allow law enforcement and government agencies to demand access to encrypted communications.  Under the new legislation, companies who fail to comply with requests could face fines up to $10 million (AUD), and individuals could face fines up to $50,000 (AUD). The legislation includes … Continue reading “Australia passes controversial encryption law, raising serious privacy and legal concerns”

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Privacy as a Right

The first comment in response to Privacy is Personal was this tweet by @raouf777: It is also a fundamental right, not a privilege to be bestowed on anyone. The individual should have the right to determine the extent of his privacy. I agree with @raouff777’s points, which almost go without saying. Because, well, of course privacy is a … Continue reading “Privacy as a Right”

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  • Dec 5, 2018
  • Ashley Perna
  • General Privacy and Security, Online Activity, Tutorials,

How to Set a Strong Passcode on Your Mobile Device

Without a strong passcode, everything on your mobile device is accessible by anyone. That includes thieves, random co-workers, and local law enforcement officers and the FBI. Even if you only keep your mobile device secure in your pocket or at home, imagine the damage your child could do once they access your Amazon account. Adding … Continue reading “How to Set a Strong Passcode on Your Mobile Device”

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Data breach laws: would you know if your personal information was compromised?

If your personal information was involved in a data breach, would you know?   While it’s unfortunately become the norm to see data breaches announced in the headline, it’s not always clear who has been impacted by a breach and what specific data was lost, stolen or compromised. As consumers, patients and citizens, we may expect … Continue reading “Data breach laws: would you know if your personal information was compromised?”

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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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