How To Protect Your Online Privacy 2017 – Desktop Web Browsers

Nick Congleton Informative Internet Guides

Think about how you use your computer. Most of the time, you have your web browser open, right? Web browsers are among the most commonly used applications across all devices. So, choosing the right one one is important. Browsers go deep. Desktop web browsers are than they appear to be. Browsers are massive programs written by huge teams of developers. In a way, they’re like a second operating system running on your computer. Web browsers need to be able to read and execute code. It’s a critical part of …

Top Five Reasons Online Privacy Has Become So Important

Chris Stobing Enemies of the Internet

In 2013 the world was rocked by a trove of classified documents that made their way into the public eye, packed with details covering the most comprehensive international surveillance program ever constructed in modern history. Leaked by none other than the now-infamous Edward Snowden, the Snowden Leaks uncovered a massive data-mining operation undertaken by the National Security Agency in the United States, and the GCHQ in Britain. This network was designed from the ground up to record as many phone calls, es, text messages and search queries as it could, …

How To Protect Your Online Privacy in 2017 – Introduction

Nick Congleton Informative Internet Guides

I think everyone will agree with me when I say: 2017 has been a ROUGH time for the Internet. On privacy is under attack from politicians, corporations, and criminals.  Cyber security threats are on the rise. Governments and large corporations are launching a full-scale assault on individual rights and privacy. The Internet we know and feels like it’s dead. Or is it? Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can take to protect your on privacy. This guide is here to help teach you how to fight for the Internet …

How to Stop ISPs From Selling Your Data

Andrew Orr In the News

Republicans in Congress have chosen to allow ISPs to collect your data and sell it to advertisers. Every single Democrat voted against it. This is an awful move for the American people and turns ISPs into predators. Is it possible to stop ISPs from stalking you? Repeal of Privacy Earlier this week, both the Senate and the House of Representatives voted to repeal privacy rules from the Obama administration. The FCC had rules in place that stopped internet service providers (ISPs) from sharing their customers’ web activity with third parties. The …

Trump’s FCC and Republicans Ready to Roll Back Broadband Privacy Rules

Andrew Orr In the News

Certain Republican senators are preparing a resolution that cancels broadband privacy rules that require ISPs to protect customers’ on data. The regulations passed in October require home and mobile ISPs to obtain opt-in consent from consumers. Once the consumer opts-in, the ISP can web browsing data and other private information with third-parties like advertisers and market research agencies. ISP Privacy Rules Already Under Attack Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said that “he plans to introduce a resolution that would roll back the FCC’s broadband policy rules via the Congressional Review Act (CRA), …

How Secure Is Your Android VPN App?

Andrew Orr In the News

A research paper [PDF] from the University of California and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) analyzed a group of Android VPN apps. They found that these particular apps had privacy and security issues. Further Reading VPN On Chromebo: How To Set It Up Why Switzerland is a great place for a VPN More people are starting to realize the benefits of using a virtual private network. But without a lot of tech knowledge, it’s easy to assume that all VPNs are created equal. They are not, and this …

LiquidVPN’s Privacy Toolkit: Surf, Call, Chat, IM and Pay Privately

Andrew Orr Informative Internet Guides

Are you concerned about your privacy? Check out this toolkit of apps and services. They can help you take back control. Stay private and read on. Further Reading Tordow 2.0 Is Android Malware That Targets Your Bank Account 8 Common VPN Myths And Why They Aren’t True On privacy is increasingly rare these days. And as the United States heads into a future under President-elect Trump, you should start worrying. If you’re serious about staying private—either off or on—there are ways to go about it. 1: Use a burner phone …

The NSA’s Guide To Securing Your Mac

Andrew Orr Informative Internet Guides

The National Security Agency employs some of the best hackers in the United States. Surely they are experts at securing devices? Here’s how to lock down your Mac like an NSA pro. Further Reading NSA Contractor Faces Espionage Charges For Data Theft 5 Best Security Tools to Secure Your Data Mac Lockdown In 2010, the NSA published a guide for hardening a Mac running Snow Leopard. However, the agency hasn’t updated its guide for current versions of MacOS. Macworld posted an excellent guide that should cover modern versions of Apple’s OS. …

Libraries Will Destroy User Data Under Trump Government

Andrew Orr In the News

Public and private libraries around the United States have pledged to destroy user data on their computers, as well as backing up system data abroad. Further Reading Use a VPN To Keep Your Google Search Private How To Keep Your Data Safe Under President Trump Libraries New York Public Library Last week the New York Public Library (NYPL) changed its privacy policy. Before the change, the NYPL website said: “Any library record or other information collected by the Library as described heroine is subject to disclosure pursuant to subpoena, court …

Use a VPN To Keep Your Google Search Private

Andrew Orr Informative Internet Guides

Google processes about 3.5 billion searches per day. That’s a lot of information flowing in and out of the company’s servers. But did you know that those searches may not be as private as you think? Further Reading Google Removes Ban On Personalized Web Tracking 10 Reasons To Use a VPN in 2016 Data Collection We know Google collects your personal information. After all, it is an advertising company before a tech company. Usually, this is information that people willingly with them, like filling out a profile. But …