This “letterlocking” idea seems to be directed to verifying that someone had not tampered with or read the letter (unauthorized disclosure of contents), If someone did not care about damaging the letter these methods don’t actually protect the confidentiality of the contents (as might be possible today with encryption / passwords). http://letterlocking.org/ look for videos […]

Car Owners and VINs

https://carsowners.net/volkswagen/beetle/2012/ma Who owns 2012 VW Beetles in Massachusetts?   Name, address, phone number, and VIN. “Contact us” for this site shows an address in … Cyprus: Crown Corp. 83 Spyrou Kyprianou Avenue 6053 Larnaca, Cyprus How is this information available?  Probably through maintenance records (goodness, would your car dealer sell that information to 3rd party aggregators?  […]

Your phone IS listening to everything and everyone within range of its microphone

https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/wjbzzy/your-phone-is-listening-and-its-not-paranoia Another reason to leave your phone locked in the glove compartment of your car. Furbys were banned from various gov agencies because they would record and repeat what they heard. Your phone is doing that now, recording but worse, relaying that information to advertisers and other parties. Short of physically disconnecting the microphone wires […]

Reporting incident/ complaint: ic3.gov

You can subscribe for notifications for awareness of events. Note the complaints and incidents can be reported at https://www.ic3.gov/ Internet Crime Complaint Center National Cyber Awareness System: FTC Issues Alert on Bitcoin Blackmail Scams 08/22/2018 04:10 PM EDT Original release date: August 22, 2018 The Federal Trade Commission has released an alert on Bitcoin blackmail scams. […]

Who can(n’t) you trust any more?

https://thehackernews.com/2018/08/facebook-vpn-app-apple-store.html Just because something claims to offer “VPN” (virtual private network) services, doesn’t mean it’s actually good for your privacy nor security.  How disappointing, but yet is this really unexpected? Facebook yesterday removed its mobile VPN app called Onavo Protect from the iOS App Store after Apple declared the app violated the iPhone maker’s App […]