While not a Bitcoin evangelist, I like Bitcoin, and use it from time to time.
In the early days of Bitcoin, it was hailed as a way to engage in trade with others, without having your every financial move placed under the microscope of authoritarian governments.
Continue reading Bitcoin Doesn’t Provide Perfect Privacy But It’s Still Pretty Good
I recently received a suspicious looking email that was made to look like it was coming from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The body of the message said, “You have a new notice in your Marketplace account. Click here to log in for information about your coverage for 2016.”
The shortness of the message made it look odd, which is what initially got my phishing sense tingling.
Continue reading Don’t Take The Bait When Identity Thieves Go Phishing
I wanted to title this post something more fun and exciting, like “The Invisible Credit Card Thieves That Are Absolutely Everywhere,” but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.
It might even be kind of fun to scare the bejesus out of readers, and then follow that up with a pitch that sounds something like:
Continue reading Are You Vulnerable To Wireless Pickpockets
Like humans have evolved to have fingerprints, web browser have also evolved to have fingerprints.
When it comes to the questions of how humans, the Earth, and the universe came into being, the science is never settled.
In the case of web browsers, however, we can be sure that trackable browser fingerprints came to us as the result of an unhappy evolutionary accident, and not by intelligent design.
What is a browser fingerprint?
A browser’s fingerprint is the combination of detectable information about your browser, your operating system, and your system settings.
Continue reading Your Browser’s Filthy Fingerprints Are Getting All Over The Internet
Social media widgets are handy for sharing articles and videos that you’d like friends and family to see, aren’t they?
It’s kind of nice to be able to just click the Facebook like or share buttons on an article, or to tweet something that is important to you, isn’t it?
If I told you there was a darker side to social media widgets, wouldn’t you like to know what that darker side was?
Continue reading Why I Don’t Use Social Media Widgets
It is my personal option that everyone who uses email should be using PGP email encryption.
The difference between sending an unencrypted email and an encrypted email is a lot like the difference between sending a letter written on a postcard, and sending one that has been put into an envelope.
Continue reading Encrypt Your Email With Enigmail For Added Privacy
You might imagine a James Bond, or an Edward Snowden using email encryption, but most people don’t bother with it; because it’s still kind of a hassle to use.
For most people, regular email seems like it is secure enough. You write your email, click send, and then its on its way.
It seems like you’re putting a letter in an envelope, and handing it off to the post office. It seems like the only time your letter might be read, is after the recipient opens it.
In reality, it’s more like putting your entire letter on a postcard; for the whole world to see; which is a good (but not the only) reason to never send a credit card number or password via email.
Continue reading Email Encryption Is Not Just For Spies
When I got going for the day, I had a completely different post in mind.
In fact, I had been preparing for it for the past couple of days.
However, as I scrolled through the news in my social media feeds, I saw an article that was shared by Startpage, about a data breech that potentially effects thousands of customers of a hotel chain.
Continue reading 3 Services That Can Protect Your Credit Card Number From Hackers
If you’re concerned about email privacy, it’ll be worth your while to check out privacy focused email providers like StartMail, Scryptmail, ProtonMail, and Tutonota.
However, if you don’t want to switch email providers, you have other options.
Continue reading Safeguard Your Gmail Privacy With Mailvelope
Introducing the Brave web browser:
If I told you that there was a new web browser that has the tracking prevention features of Privacy Badger, the security features of https-everywhere, and the search privacy features of DuckDuckGo built-in, wouldn’t you want to know more?
Continue reading The Little Brave Web Browser That Could