Hiding from the Internet

So one day you tell yourself:  “I am going to take some serious steps to lock down my privacy, and I’m going to disappear so nobody can find me nor hack me.”  The textbook for that activity is from Michael Bazzell who has a find book complete with instructions and checklists.  https://inteltechniques.com/links.hiding.html.  It’s available at the […]

A Logical Approach to YOUR Security: Five Questions

Security and privacy are such big (heavy) topics that many might feel overwhelmed thinking about everything people are telling you “you have to do this (or that)”.   I’d like to encourage you to take useful approach of asking yourself five questions: What private information do YOU want to protect?  What do you CARE about, that […]

Roe v Wade is more about privacy than abortion

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/01/22/when-roe-v-wade-meant-more-than-just-abortion-rights/ https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/01/21/opinion/roe-v-wade-abortion.html … as the nation again considers the legacy of the country’s best-known Supreme Court decision, issued on Jan. 22, 1973, we have mostly forgotten part of the story of Roe v. Wade — one almost entirely disconnected from abortion. In the 1970s and beyond, Americans used Roe to answer much larger questions: What […]

TOR for good [soapbox]

TOR is easily conflated with criminal activity and evil.  But at least one library in NH has taken the position of supporting, or at least not actively blocking TOR:  https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/09/16/440848324/n-h-public-library-resumes-its-support-of-tor-network in spite of concerns that the same access could allow illegal activities.  The library is not a passive bystander, but operates a TOR relay that participates in […]

Alexa listening to and laughing at you [alert]

http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/24/technology/alexa-secret-recording/index.html Alexa has many talents. Amazon’s voice assistant can play music, set timers, order a pizza, and send recordings of private conversations to random people in its users’ contact list. It’s funny when these things happen to other people.   It’s not so funny when it happens to you.   It’s funny when Alexa is doing this, […]

Apple Enforcing Privacy Requirements

Good news !  Apple is now requiring developers to remove software that sends location data to external parties without obtaining explicit consent from the consumer. https://9to5mac.com/2018/05/08/apple-location-apps-third-parties/ From the article: Thus far, we’ve seen several cases of Apple cracking down on these types of applications. The company informs developers via email that “upon re-evaluation,” their application […]