• Jan 24, 2019
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Open Source, Privacy, Security,

Chromium to Weaken Ad-Blockers – Impacts Chrome, Edge and Brave Browsers

Chromium Moves to Weaken Ad-Blockers Googles’ developers of Chromium, the framework that makes up not only the Chromium browser, but many other browsers like Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and the Brave browser have announced changes they plan to make to how extensions work. This change is directly aimed at how ad-blockers work. It removes the … Continue reading “Chromium to Weaken Ad-Blockers – Impacts Chrome, Edge and Brave Browsers”

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  • Jan 9, 2019
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Net Neutrality, News, Open Source, Privacy, Security,

OpenVPN 2.5.0 – What is Coming to OpenVPN in 2019

OpenVPN is the old guard of the VPN world. It is powerful, stable, and it has a large and enthusiastic dev community backed by multiple commercial interests. A new dot release is scheduled to be released this year, with many new features that aim to make OpenVPN easier to use and resist censorship. Here is … Continue reading “OpenVPN 2.5.0 – What is Coming to OpenVPN in 2019”

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Hard to prove harm: Google wins lawsuit over facial recognition

As new privacy laws attempt to address the different ways that companies collect, store and use biometric data, it’s also important to keep an eye on how the courts are interpreting and applying legislation. In a recent court case, a federal judge ruled against a claim that Google had violated Illinois privacy laws by using … Continue reading “Hard to prove harm: Google wins lawsuit over facial recognition”

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Privacy Climate Change – Slow, Steady, and Destructive Changes to the Web

The Internet is trending toward a highly isolated place that is under constant surveillance. Firstly, we should talk about why these are problems, and then potential solutions. Taken alone, each of these things can be dismissed as small issues. In aggregate, however, and looking at long term trends, experts foresee serious issues with the free … Continue reading “Privacy Climate Change – Slow, Steady, and Destructive Changes to the Web”

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Privacy Theater – How Privacy Companies Market and What Actually Protects You

Bruce Schneier famously popularized the concept of “security theater” in his 2003 book Beyond Fear. The concept of security theater explains how various nations will engage in “feel good” activities that appear to improve the security of their citizens when in practice, it does little to nothing to actually improve public safety. An apt example … Continue reading “Privacy Theater – How Privacy Companies Market and What Actually Protects You”

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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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