I Asked Reddit’s “r/privacy” What Tools They Use to Protect Themselves— Here’s What They Said.

I Asked Reddit’s “r/privacy” What Tools They Use to Protect Themselves— Here’s What They Said.

Reddit User, rabicanwoosley suggests uMatrix, described as: “Point & click to forbid/allow any class of requests made by your browser.Do we really need 500 lists going over the same ground again and again ?And beyond some basics, much of your security and privacy is more dependent on your behavior, and that of your friends and family, than on tools.

How Big Companies Spy on Your Emails

How Big Companies Spy on Your Emails

Motherboard has also obtained documentation that provides more specifics about how two other popular apps—Cleanfox and Slice—sell products based on users' emails to corporate clients.

JavaScript tells all, which turns out not to be so great for privacy: Side-channel leaks can be exploited to follow you around the interweb

JavaScript tells all, which turns out not to be so great for privacy: Side-channel leaks can be exploited to follow you around the interweb

Boffins from Graz University of Technology in Austria have devised an automated system for browser profiling using two new side channel attacks that can help expose information about software and hardware to fingerprint browsers and improve the effectiveness of exploits.

Updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

FamilyTreeDNA’s Terms of Service and Privacy Statement have been updated to require law enforcement, as well as any authorized representative working on behalf of law enforcement, to register all genetic files through a separate process prior to uploading to the database.

Thousands of industrial refrigerators can be remotely defrosted, thanks to default passwords

Thousands of industrial refrigerators can be remotely defrosted, thanks to default passwords

More than 7,000 vulnerable temperature controlled systems , manufactured by U.K.-based firm Resource Data Management, are accessible from the internet and can be controlled by simply plugging in its default password found in documentation on the company’s website, according to Noam Rotem, one of the security researchers who found the vulnerable systems.

Defining the tracking practices that will be blocked in Firefox

Defining the tracking practices that will be blocked in Firefox

In support of this effort, today we are releasing an anti-tracking policy that outlines the tracking practices that Firefox will block by default. With the release of our new policy, we’ve defined the set of tracking practices that we think users need to be protected against.

Metadata

Metadata

Only upload files which were either created or downloaded inside the Whonix-Workstation and personally stripped of metadata. Anonymous photo sharing requires the user to consider both metadata and fingerprintable camera anomalies. MAT - Metadata Anonymisation Toolkit [ edit ]

Was your phone imaged by border agents? They may still have the data

Was your phone imaged by border agents? They may still have the data

According to a new 24-page document released Tuesday by DHS’ Office of Inspector General, investigators found that some USB sticks, containing data copied from electronic devices searched at the border, "had not been deleted after the searches were completed."

Transparency, Openness, and Our 2016 and 2017 Financials

Transparency, Openness, and Our 2016 and 2017 Financials

And the layer above that is publishing design documents and research papers to explain why we chose to build it that way, including analyzing the security implications and the trade-offs of alternate designs.

Dutch government report says Microsoft Office telemetry collection breaks GDPR

Dutch government report says Microsoft Office telemetry collection breaks GDPR

Investigators said that Microsoft collects up to 25,000 types of Office events, data which is made available to up to 30 engineering teams.

Customize Firefox for privacy and security with a custom user.js – Own your bits

Customize Firefox for privacy and security with a custom user.js – Own your bits

You absolutely must read the official documentation because there are several things to look out for, but as an overview you have to copy user.js to your profile folder while Firefox is not running and that’s it.

Congress Moves Forward with Dangerous Attack on Private Drones

Congress Moves Forward with Dangerous Attack on Private Drones

And worst of all, we expect these powers to come in a routine Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, with no chance for meaningful debate on how best to limit the government’s authority to intercept or destroy drones.

Tails 3.9 is out

Tails 3.9 is out

You can now install additional software automatically when starting Tails. When installing an additional Debian package from Tails, you can decide to install it automatically every time: Read our documentation on installing additional software. Update Tor Browser to 8.0, based on Firefox 60 ESR.

WebScan of thepiratebay.org

WebScan of thepiratebay.org

High-Tech Bridge provides you with a free API to test your web server for security related configuration. $ curl -XPOST -d 'job_id=2a9e1f1bc92dc0c7a4bde930dff488771eea6d36988208d34163c5496227b8dc' 'https://www.htbridge.com/websec/api/v1/get_result/1451425590.html' $ curl -XPOST -d 'tested_url=twitter.com&choosen_ip=any&dnsr=off&recheck=false&follow_redirects=true&verbosity=1' 'https://www.htbridge.com/websec/api/v1/chsec/1451425590.html' $ curl -XPOST -d 'tested_url=twitter.com&choosen_ip=any&dnsr=off&recheck=false&follow_redirects=true&verbosity=1' 'https://www.htbridge.com/websec/api/v1/chsec/1451425590.html' $ curl -XPOST -d 'tested_url=0.0.0.0&choosen_ip=any&dnsr=off&recheck=false&follow_redirects=true&verbosity=1' 'https://www.htbridge.com/websec/api/v1/chsec/1451425590.html'

Google confirms it tracks users even when 'Location History' setting is disabled

Google confirms it tracks users even when 'Location History' setting is disabled

Leaving Web and App Activity enabled while turning Location History off only prevents additions to the Google Maps timeline, and does not stop data collection.Google's help center update is not likely to appease users who have scrutinized the search giant and other tech companies for their user privacy policies.