You and the Google Privacy Problem

Mathew Sayer At LiquidVPN

Google has dozens of free services. Of course, the services aren’t free. You pay with your data; which Google hungrily eats up. Having access to so much data from so many different services makes Google’s Privacy Policy a difficult beast to understand. Last year 60 of the company’s services were brought together into one big policy. These 60 services include the big ones that you know you use like the actual search engine and YouTube. In Google’s Privacy Policy the reasons for collecting your data is set out. To maintain …

Insights into the NSA from the SIDToday Newsletter

Mathew Sayer In the News

Ever wonder what the gossip was like at NSA headquarters? The Intercept released all of 2003’s worth of spook newsletter SIDtoday completely uncensored. The leak shows NSA as a real mix of people. Not just haxxors. Linguists, mathematicians, cryptologists, and writers. There are associations and institutions dedicated to different fields, topics and projects. Clearly such extra-curricular activities (what’s the equivalent term in the workplace?) are a sign the agency has some of the brightest minds about. What a waste, well, parts of it anyway. Relationships with other areas of the security …

Google Biometrics is a Privacy Nightmare

Mathew Sayer In the News

Google is truly peerless when it comes to corporate creepiness. The search (and everything else) giant is planning to kill passwords, replacing them with biometric indicators called the Trust API. Biometric bullsh… Trust was announced at the company’s I/O conference and has some “enormous financial institutions” as guinea pigs. Face shape, voice pattern and, here’s the kicker, how you type, move and swipe the screen are all used for authentication. Of course, for these to be used they have to be measured. If that does not make the hair on …

The TPS Report Page 1 Coversheet: SIDtoday Newsletter

Mathew Sayer In the News

  NSA’s an office too A new batch of documents from the Snowden archive has hit the internet. The Intercept is planning to ramp up the number of releases; the most recent are copies of  SIDtoday, an NSA newsletter circulated by Signal Intelligence Division. Publication of SIDtoday began soon after the invasion of Iraq. They read like lore from a video game; those books and notes in your Skyrim house or Fallout vault you just need to find time to get to. Behind the curtain After 9/11 George Bush told Americans (and the …

Mike Webb, shut your tabs

Mathew Sayer In the News

We all value our privacy here right? It’s in the name, virtual private network. Your internet history is a very detailed guide to your life. Unfortunately for Mike Webb, an independent candidate running for Congress in Virginia, that privacy has been eroded, and it was all his own doing. Webb was trying to post a snarky Facebook status about some politic-thing. Big woop. But what he forgot to do before giving it to his rival Matt Wavro- the Republican choice for the seat- was to close his porn down. Things …

A User’s Guide to the Internet in Iran

Mathew Sayer Informative Internet Guides

Of all the countries so far listed in our guides Iran has by far the most belligerent government; which doesn’t bode well for their internet freedoms. Iran’s History Violence and oppression have marred Iran’s history over the last quarter of the 20th century up until today. In 1979 the Iranian Revolution took place. Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was overthrown despite support from the United States by a mixture of secular and religious groups. On April 1, 1979, a national referendum made Iran an Islamic Republic, their new Supreme Leader was …

Bitcoin ‘Creator’ Disappears Without a Trace

Mathew Sayer In the News

The identity of Satoshi remains a mystery. Craig Wright, the latest impersonator, claiming the Satoshi moniker was unable to come up with the proof earlier this week.  In case, you have been living under a rock for the last five years Bitcoin is the pre-eminent cryptocurrency and Satoshi Nakamoto is its pseudonymous inventor. Craig Wright is an Australian computer scientist and businessman who was declared Satoshi by major news outlets in December 2015  (Wired ad-block blocker warning) and Gizmodo. Australia’s Federal Police raided Wright’s house and office days after his claims …

A User’s Guide to the Internet in Hong Kong

Mathew Sayer Informative Internet Guides

Our User’s Guide is heading to Hong Kong. This is the other system that the Chinese government has let flourish on its southern coast. Hong Kong VPN users are amongst the most hungry for data in the world. Hong Kong, the Fragrant Habour Hong Kong is a tiny autonomous territory on the south coast of China. Around 7.2 million people live in 1,104 square kilometers making Hong Kong the 4th most densely populated country in the world. The place really is superlative; it’s one of the world’s major financial and …

30 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online

Mathew Sayer Informative Internet Guides

Privacy! In the age of the predictive-retrospective-biopolitical-panopticon, how do you keep hold of those slivers of solitude? You read our big bumper list and take action, that’s how. LiquidVPN’s 30 Tips to Enhance your Privacy Online Think passphrase, not password. Obligatory XKCD and Ed explaining it for you. Treat your passphrase like your toothbrush. Keep it to yourself and change it every three months. Use a passphrase manager. Let’s keep this honesty thing going, how often do you re-use your terrible password? It’ll help keep each site compartmentalized, so if …

A User’s Guide to the Internet in Ghana

Mathew Sayer Informative Internet Guides

This feature is going to undergo a transformation. These profiles encompass history and current affairs as they relate to the internet and a free media. So from now on think ‘user guide’ not ‘spotlight.’ A, B, C, D, E, F, Ghana. Google Trends lets you see what the most popular searches are, a useful SEO tool (zzzzz) but in a way it’s a good social engineering tool too. Ghana is the second in regional interest for the search term ‘vpn’ behind Iran, a beautiful country and people who happen to …