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 […]

Firfox borrows back from TOR

https://www.extremetech.com/internet/258310-firefox-borrows-feature-tor-protect-user-privacy TOR borrowed many functions from FF, and now FF is using some TOR capabilities to block -“canvas fingerprinting” (an HTML5 devious tracking method that doesn’t need cookies).   One of the problems of setting high privacy configurations, is that many sites tell you “you may not see our content unless you allow us to track […]

So You Still Think You Don’t Need Privacy?

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/346544-dreamhost-claims-doj-requesting-info-on-visitors-to-anti-trump-website Of course if you have nothing to hide, and are proud of it, everything is as it should be.  But a more cynical person might wonder, why is it so important for the Justice Department to identify exactly who is “against” a particular person or idea? TOR can anonymize your IP address — the […]

TOR (and Other) Updates

Good information hygiene:  keep your stuff updated – operating system, applications, etc, including browsers – if you’re not sure how to do it, google is your friend, look for information from the source:  for windows, find the recommendation on microsoft-dot-com,  NOT  your-friendly-hacker.com or free-helpdesk-here.com (unless you have an idea they are legit). https://blog.torproject.org/blog/tor-03010-released Update 7.0.4 […]