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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is an AI calling you == Robocall?

Should realistic computer generated calls be regulated? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/05/08/a-google-program-can-pass-as-a-human-on-the-phone-should-it-be-required-to-tell-people-its-a-machine/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c92ecc54723c New AI based callers from google and others, are so good they can fool humans. If they are then able to do this (from the article): a scene from the TV show “The Office,” in which a scheming assistant to the regional manager, Dwight Schrute, makes 50 […]

Think you’re anonymous? Think again.

http://www.dnb.com/marketing/media/unmask-web-visitors-with-dnb-visitor-intelligence.html 40% of “anonymous” visitors are identified by other information.   Perhaps your browser tells the site your specific version, and patches, and available plugins.  If your IP address has been the same for a while, and you’re still logged in to another site with which dnb have a “relationship” to share tracking data.  Boom!  At […]

Google Starbucks now harvesting your usage

All wireless and WiFi access points already see the name of your phone and your MAC address even if you don’t log  in.  Bluetooth signals are notorious for lower security.  They are convenient but constantly blab to your nearby neighborhoods your phone’s identity. Stores can configure their WiFi access points to triangulate your location in […]