Welcome to the Hotel California a.k.a Facebook

Welcome to the Hotel California a.k.a Facebook

This series, if I do it right, will end up convincing you that Facebook is the Hotel California made software, and help you start thinking about how do you escape somewhere that’s programmed to receive.See: Ways people have tried to kill Facebook.

Browser Privacy

Browser Privacy

The premise was, that the browser is free software (open source), with one exception (Vivaldi).The following browsers were tested: Firefox ESR 78.3.0 Midori 1.1.4 (Electron version) Vivaldi 3.4.2066 Brave 1.15.72 Epiphany 3.32.1.2 The method itself was relatively simple.

If you used Firefox to access Twitter, your non-public info may have been exposed

If you used Firefox to access Twitter, your non-public info may have been exposed

This means that if you accessed Twitter from a shared or public computer via Mozilla Firefox and took actions like downloading your Twitter data archive or sending or receiving media via Direct Message, this information may have been stored in the browser’s cache even after you logged out of Twitter.

Thousands of infected IoT devices used in for-profit anonymity service

Thousands of infected IoT devices used in for-profit anonymity service

The code further uses a lib2p-based network stack to interact with the Interplanetary File System, which is often abbreviated at IPFS.

"Together", the new version of Jami and a new step forward

"Together", the new version of Jami and a new step forward

Jami undergoes continuous ongoing development and release, so you can experience improvements and new features as we implement them.However, organizations wishing to use Jami require a higher level of control over users of their network, so we have created Jami Account Management Server (JAMS).

Interacting With Non-Privacy People

Interacting With Non-Privacy People

I often see people ask “how do I get my family/friends/significant other/coworkers/etc to care about privacy,” but I rarely see anyone ask “should you get them to care at all?” It’s an important question.

Have issues with Facebook collecting your data? Privacy-first alternative MeWe surges to 9M users

Have issues with Facebook collecting your data? Privacy-first alternative MeWe surges to 9M users

Our personal information is shared and sold across data companies used to target and manipulate us through marketing from social media companies, advertisers and politicians.

New Features Coming to Signal Groups

New Features Coming to Signal Groups

Today we’re releasing a new version of Signal groups that gives you a richer private group experience with group admins, granular permissions, @mentions and more.Your existing Signal groups will get these new group features in a future update.

School-Issued Chromebooks and Privacy

School-Issued Chromebooks and Privacy

If I get issued a Chromebook and use it at home, can the school/Google see other devices and network traffic?

Tails - Tails report for September, 2020

Tails - Tails report for September, 2020

Disable the feature to Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot in the Wi-Fi settings because it doesn't work in Tails.Settled on a new policy for kernel updates, that balances rapid hardware enablement with lower risk of regressions (#17911).

Facebook is a social network monopoly that buys, copies or kills competitors, antitrust committee finds

Facebook is a social network monopoly that buys, copies or kills competitors, antitrust committee finds

Among the findings was a 2018 internal company document titled the Cunningham Memo in which Facebook Senior Data Scientist Thomas Cunningham informed CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Vice President of Growth Javier Olivan that Instagram could hit a "tipping point" where its growth could ultimately come at the expense of all users leaving Facebook's blue app.

Urbit for Normies

Urbit for Normies

Inside will be a super clean interface with all the functionality you might want from your computer, in one place and with one login (think document creation, email, social media access, accounting) — but it will run on your virtual Urbit computer, so it will be safe from corporate prying and data leaks, available on any device, and all inside one simple interface.

H&M Fined €35.2 Mn for Violating Employees’ Privacy

H&M Fined €35.2 Mn for Violating Employees’ Privacy

& Co KG (H&M) was fined €35.2 (US$41.1 million) by the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) for violating the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).The amount of the fine imposed is therefore adequate and effective to deter companies from violating the privacy of their employees.

Announcing Librem AweSIM: A Privacy-focused Cellular Service for the Librem 5

Announcing Librem AweSIM: A Privacy-focused Cellular Service for the Librem 5

Sign up for Librem AweSIM and provide us with your preferred area code, and when your Librem 5 is ready to ship, we will register a new number to your SIM and install it into your Librem 5 so calls, SMS and cellular data just work when you unbox it.

French bar owners arrested for offering free WiFi but not keeping logs

French bar owners arrested for offering free WiFi but not keeping logs

The law No. 2006-64 extends the traditional ISP logging requirements “to all persons who, in respect of an activity primary or secondary professional, offer the public a connection allowing on-line communication via network access, including free of charge.” Violating this crime means that the owner of a small cafe that offers WiFi to patrons could face up to one year in prison and up to a 75,000 euro fine.

Private Internet Access Legacy VPN Network Sunset Announcement

Private Internet Access Legacy VPN Network Sunset Announcement

The legacy VPN network is sunsetting in October and Private Internet Access users will need to update their clients to be able to use the NextGen VPN network.

Why privacy must be at the core of every tech product

Why privacy must be at the core of every tech product

The EU has been more willing to take on this fight with big companies and it’s a really good thing because we need the competition, but we also need to have regulations on the data that is collected on people.

GitHub - protospherical/yeet: yeet ur old discord chats

GitHub - protospherical/yeet: yeet ur old discord chats

/!\ warning: discord may yeet your account in return if you use this, never had issues myself though.automagically yeet ur old discord msgs.running with "run" set to "once" is recommended for the first time if you have a lot of messages.npm run yeet.npm run yeet.

When coffee makers are demanding a ransom, you know IoT is screwed

When coffee makers are demanding a ransom, you know IoT is screwed

Once the device connects to a home network, this ad hoc SSID required to configure the coffee maker and initiate any updates is no longer available.

Avoiding Robocalls

Avoiding Robocalls

As such, some of the more privacy-minded people in your contacts list may not appreciate having their phone number shared to an unknown (and probably unsecured) database without their consent.

Facebook leaks show Mark Zuckerberg defending his decisions to angry employees

Facebook leaks show Mark Zuckerberg defending his decisions to angry employees

“I’m not sure if I’m missing something from this question,” Zuckerberg responded, in polite disbelief, “but I certainly haven’t seen any data that suggests that free food is anywhere near the list of primary reasons that people come to work at this company.

Amazon will launch a new location-tracking mesh network system later this year

Amazon will launch a new location-tracking mesh network system later this year

Amazon plans to add Ring cameras to the network later, notifying device owners directly when Sidewalk is available to use.Similar to a mesh network, adding more devices will extend Sidewalk’s range and functionality, so it’s critical for Amazon to integrate Sidewalk into as many home devices as possible.

A Bug Could Let Attackers Hijack Firefox for Android via Wi-Fi Network

A Bug Could Let Attackers Hijack Firefox for Android via Wi-Fi Network

Discovered originally by Australian security researcher Chris Moberly, the vulnerability resides in the SSDP engine of the browser that can be exploited by an attacker to target Android smartphones connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the attacker, with Firefox app installed.

Ente

Ente

Memories are precious.To start with, ente is a privacy friendly alternative to Google Photos that supports end-to-end encryption.That if there were good alternatives with strict privacy policies, some of us would switch.

Five iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 security and privacy features you need to know about

Five iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 security and privacy features you need to know about

Also, if you access Control Center, there's a notice at the top showing you recent apps that have accessed the camera or microphone.Apps requesting local network access.Another thing that you'll see after installing iOS 14/iPadOS 14 is apps requesting local network access.

Transatlantic privacy is over

Transatlantic privacy is over

The Safe Harbor Privacy Principles issued by the US Department of Commerce in July 2000 was the first framework for regulating transatlantic exchanges of personal data for commercial purposes between the European Union and the United States.

Time for proof - Covid-19 strengthens the case for digital ID cards

Time for proof - Covid-19 strengthens the case for digital ID cards

In countries without a system of secure digital identities, the closure of bricks-and-mortar government offices and the shift of public services online have caused havoc (see article).Its “Aadhaar” biometric system has created digital identities for 1.3bn people.

App tells if office workers are not socially distanced

App tells if office workers are not socially distanced

image copyrightMind The Gap. image captionThe app sends a notification if you are too close to your colleaguesAlthough many contact-tracing apps have found it hard to accurately detect distances with Bluetooth, Hack Partners says the combination of the technology with audio measuring, gives an accuracy of between 6-8cm.

PIA’s NextGen VPN network is a huge deal, update to try it out now

PIA’s NextGen VPN network is a huge deal, update to try it out now

ShareTweet The Private Internet Access Next Generation Network is online and functional, but you need to be using the latest version of the PIA client on your device to take full advantage of it.

Eyes Everywhere: Amazon's Surveillance Infrastructure and Revitalizing Worker Power

Eyes Everywhere: Amazon's Surveillance Infrastructure and Revitalizing Worker Power

Open Markets Institute’s latest report, “Eyes Everywhere: Amazon's Surveillance Infrastructure and Revitalizing Worker Power,” illustrates the dangers of Amazon’s pervasive worker surveillance and the solutions that can be employed to stop that surveillance.