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 …

Watch Out: Your Headphones Can Spy On You

Andrew Orr In the News

New research has determined that it’s possible to spy on computer users via their headphones. This hack turns them into a temporary microphone and records your conversations. Further Reading Top 10 Adblockers For The Desktop Former NSA Hacker Releases Tools To Thwart Webcam Spies SPEAK(a)R Researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Israel have created a frightening program called Speake(a)r. It demonstrates how hackers can take over a computer and record audio. This is possible even when a person has removed or disabled the computer’s microphone. In a paper titled: SPEAKE(a)R: Turn Speakers …

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. …

Canada Is Trying to Demonize Encryption

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, have been using media in Canada to demonize encryption in the public eye, while trying to sway the public towards surveillance. Further Reading 5 Best Security Tools to Secure Your Data Blackberry Is Making User Data Too Easy To Access Encryption In Canada Canadian police have been pushing for surveillance powers for some time now. Specifically, police want to be able to force people to unlock their phones, or to force ISPs to give the government real-time access to r information. Right now Canada …

Former NSA Hacker Releases Tools To Thwart Webcam Spies

Andrew Orr Informative Internet Guides

Lately, people like Mark Zuckerberg and even the director of the FBI have been advising people to put tape over their webcam. Those of you without tape can use a tool that lets you do it with software. Like this one Further Reading Hardcore Spying for Profit: The SilverPush Framework What’s a Little Spying Between Friends? Webcam Spying Remotely hacking peoples’ computers has a long history. A favorite past time for male hackers is to hack into the computers of women to spy on them. In an article by Ars …

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 …

How To Keep Your Data Safe Under President Trump

Andrew Orr Informative Internet Guides

Regardless of your feelings about President-elect Trump, he will soon have control over our surveillance systems. Trump might not bode well for our privacy – both off and on. Further Reading How To See Everything Knows About You How To Stay Safe Browsing From Public Wi-Fi Networks Use Two-Factor Authentication Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is a way to keep your on accounts secure. You have to confirm your identity using two different tools. An example of 2FA is withdrawing money from an ATM. You need to have both your …

Android Phones Found To Have BackDoor To China

Andrew Orr In the News

Security researchers discovered that some Android phones have a secret backdoor that sends user information back to China. Further Reading New Android Malware Called Dirty Cow Can Root Phones Android Users Get New Security Notifications What Is A BackDoor? A backdoor is a secret method that a hacker uses to enter a computer. These provide remote access (usually unauthorized). As a result, a person can hide it in a program, a separate program or even a piece of hardware. Some backdoors are legitimate, like when a company uses one as …

Yahoo Partnered With Government To Scan Your Emails

Andrew Orr In the News

In shocking news, it turns out that last year, Yahoo built a piece of software that let them scan their users’ e in real time. Further Reading 5 Best Security Tools to Secure Your Data Credentials Stolen, Here’s What You Can Do National Security Yahoo complied with a classified order from the U.S. government. They scanned hundreds of millions of accounts for the NSA or FBI. Usually, the NSA makes requests for domestic surveillance through the FBI. According to surveillance experts, this marks the first time an American internet …

Don’t Look, But Your Wi-Fi Router Is Spying On You

Andrew Orr Informative Internet Guides

Hey, you. Yeah, I’m talking to you. Did you know that your Wi-Fi router is spying on your every move? That’s what a group of researchers from Northwestern Polytechnical University in China found. Further Reading 10 Reasons To Use a VPN in 2016 – What Are You Waiting For? How to Destroy the Data on your Computer and Smartphone FreeSense Well, not every router. Every second, radio signals bathe your body from all directions in the form of Wi-Fi, especially if you live in a city. Virtually every home, office, …