Windows 10 Covertly Changed Privacy Policy

Michael From our Perspective

In response to the uproar that arose from Microsoft’s questionable Windows 10 privacy policy they changed their policy. Over a month and half ago. Making absolutely no fanfare about the changes, it took over a month before anyone noticed. Ed Bott at ZDnet however was able to spot some key differences when he compared the privacy policy to the original that was public when Windows 10 first released in July. Operation Windows 10 Privacy Policy It’s unclear why Microsoft failed to announce changes to its privacy policy. Especially after it was made …

Anonymous Targets ISIS: Operation Paris

Michael In the News

The cyber vigilante group has set their sights on a new target this week. Anonymous has developed quite a name for itself by interfering in everything from Scientology to the Ferguson protests. They have been such a force to reckon with that they are often considered the pioneers of hacktivism. Now, they have set their sights on a much larger, and dangerous, target: ISIS. Anonymous Launches Operation Paris Truly, Anonymous has come a long way from the trolling individuals that once roamed on 4Chan image and message boards. Their usual …

How to Spot Hidden Malware and Download Safely

Michael Informative Internet Guides

Let’s face it, all of us have downloaded something at one point or the other. And most of us have taken a risk while downloading something. Whether the download was a peer-to-peer (P2P) file, a crack file, or Britney Spear’s latest single at one point or the other we haven’t taken the necessary precaution to prevent introducing a virus to our computer. Safest Way to Download- Don’t Some people, myself included, have also at one point or the other, inadvertently did the unthinkable- download adware, or worse yet, a virus. …

Publisher Moves to Block Cheap Access to Academic Research

Michael In the News

A case that we have talked about before on LiquidVPN moves forward. In the beginning proceedings Elsevier, academic paywall site extraordinaire, was successful in getting a preliminary injunction against Library Genesis Project (LibGen) and Sci-Hub. A Vicious Cycle In a struggle that I liken to Mad Max where Immortan Joe hoards the water that his subjects desire, need; Elsevier too, is in the business of withholding a precious commodity from the public. If the first motion- and subsequent victory for Elsevier- is anything to go by then it seems that the academic paywall …

Universities Deanonymizing TOR Project for the FBI?

Michael In the News

The TOR Project (The Onion Router) ability to protect its users’ anonymity has been in question for quite a while.  The FBI has remained understandably tight lipped about how they managed to uncover information leading to the IP address and subsequent capture of Ross Ulbricht, the owner of the Silk Road. A later investigation code named Operation Onymous was immensely successful as well. With the cooperation of several agencies authorities were able to take down Silk Road 2.0, a top staffer there- as well as several other darknet market places …

Staying Safe Online: Phishing and Malware

Michael Informative Internet Guides

Since the dawn of the internet people have been scheming ways to make a quick buck. Just like in the physical world, in the virtual one people devise plans to trick others out of their money. The infamous Nigerian prince email scam has given way to a wide array of other plots to get your money. Most recently, criminals have started to take over your computer and hold your data ransom. However, the classic phishing schemes and the good ol’ ruin-your-day-malware is still common as well. Phishing for Your Personal …

What is Ransomware and How to Protect Yourself

Michael Informative Internet Guides

You may have noticed that recently something called ransomware has been making headlines a lot lately. Although this form of cybercrime has been prevalent since 2005. In the past few months there has been a rapid rise in these cases. Starting in 2013 Cryptolocker, and more recently Cryptowall have proved to be too much for authorities to handle. The recent rash seems to have its epicenter in eastern Europe and Russia by teams or individuals targeting those in the West: particularly the US and UK. Initially mainly targeting individuals those launching …

How To Change Your IP Address

Michael Informative Internet Guides

How To Change Your IP Address IP addresses, or Internet Protocol addresses, are a unique identifier assigned to every device connected to the internet. Depending on your Internet Service Provider you may be assigned either a static or dynamic IP address. Static IP addresses stay with the device even after disconnecting and reconnecting to the internet, whereas dynamic IP addresses may change after being disconnected (ie. rebooting) your computer. If you are given a static IP address there are some reasons why you might want to change your devices IP …

3 Reasons Why You Should Know Edward Snowden

Michael From our Perspective

With the advent of the Internet it is now easier than ever to become famous. YouTube stars are born nearly overnight. Some people are famous simply by association, others stay in the limelight for all of the wrong reasons like sex scandals and drugs. Essentially everyone is a good hashtag or Instagram account away from stardom. It is some wonder, then, why a man who changed the tone of the past decade, and ushered in discussion that we will be having for the next decade- if not much longer- is …

CISA Bill: Private Data Sharing Passed by Senate

Michael In the News

With so many steps in the right direction in the way of privacy and freedom on the internet, those in the US were overdue for a setback. Over the past several months awareness about the threat against public privacy by way of government surveillance has paid off. From the lapsing of the USA PATRIOT Act and the subsequent passing of the USA FREEDOM Act, to the appointment of the first FISA Court (read: secret court) amicus curiae, to the net neutrality win in America– and the mixed win in the …