DNS – what does it have to do with my privacy?

DNS is “domain name service”.  Every time you look for, click on, or connect to something like cnn.com, foxnews.com, irs.gov, or umass.edu, it is part of the overall process for your application (maybe your FireFox or Chrome browser) and computer software, to ask “the internet address book”:  a “dns server” for the actual IP address […]

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 […]

Thanks for visiting!

So far, visitors from 28 countries (plus “EU”) and counting!  This is from the WordPress log of who visited this site from which countries.   If some of you used TOR or a VPN to view the privacy blog (good for you!) of course it’s possible your real location was masked.

Phony VPN/Security Services [alert]

“Follow the money.”   Willie Sutton famously was quoted (Snopes says Sutton was quoted incorrectly) saying he robbed banks because that’s where the money is. Just as fake charities steal donations after a disaster, fake security services pop up in light of general concern about privacy. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/phony-vpn-services-are-cashing-in-on-americas-war-on-privacy What could be bad about a service called “MySafeVPN” […]