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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OpSec – Staying Private Under Surveillance

OpSec – Staying Private Under Surveillance One of the biggest mistakes that people make while trying to operate  privately on the internet is giving up their information over side-channels. That is, they break operational security through a misunderstanding of technology or by simply outing themselves behaviorally. This article is intended to give you a list … Continue reading “OpSec – Staying Private Under Surveillance”

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  • Jul 15, 2018
  • Danica Sergison
  • Copyright, Governments, Net Neutrality, Privacy,

Trading more than horses: Threats to privacy, net neutrality in international trade negotiations

When we’re discussing the internet, it’s not surprising that legislation and policy can have an impact that extends far beyond one country’s borders. While many of us are aware of domestic threats to fair dealing, privacy, and net neutrality, including regulator proposals and proposed legislation, it’s also important to consider the role that international trade … Continue reading “Trading more than horses: Threats to privacy, net neutrality in international trade negotiations”

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  • Jul 11, 2018
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Linux, Open Source, Programming, Security,

Reproducible Builds – Solving an Old Open Source Problem to Improve Security

One of the billion-dollar problems in the world of computers is getting software to act reliably. Fundamentally, when software misbehaves, it leads to flaws that can impact performance, reliability and security. One of the best things about computers is that they do exactly what you tell them to do. One of the worst things about … Continue reading “Reproducible Builds – Solving an Old Open Source Problem to Improve Security”

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