Privacy

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    FamilyTreeNow Giving Information Free

    Free Information My late Father dabbled in genealogy and my Father-In-Law enjoys genealogy as well. I am continuing where my Father left off and find it very interesting, as do many other people I am sure. Therefore, when I hear of genealogy sites to gather more information, I listen intently. Imagine my surprise, I had […]

  • Is Your VPN Leaking?

    With the dramatic increase in tracking online activity, more and more users are turning to VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) to help mask their identity and whereabouts. The general expectation with VPNs is that they provide absolute privacy/anonymity, however, that is not always the case. Some VPNs will actually leak real IP and DNS addresses which, […]

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    Opera Browser – Speed And Privacy

    Opera I’ve experimented and changed web browsers over the years. I started with IE, then Netscape, Opera and Firefox. Then Mozilla Suite which became SeaMonkey. Then there’s K-Melon, Otter, and Vivaldi and Chrome. Tried them all. Originally, I settled on the Mozilla Suite until Mozilla gave up and it became SeaMonkey. If you’d like to […]

  • Web Of Trust Not so Trustworthy?

    German national broadcaster NDR recently released the results of an investigation by in-house journalists claiming that the WOT (Web of Trust) browser extension collects, records, analyzes and sells user-related browser data to third-parties. Apparently, the data obtained was traceable to WOT and could be assigned to specific individuals, despite WOT’s claim that they anonymize user […]

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    Electronics Frontier Foundation Blasts Microsoft

    Electronics Frontier Foundation Ever hear of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)? My guess is that most have not. However, in the fast-moving and ever-developing age of electronics, they are a very important organization. The EFF is the “leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world.” For 26 years they have been your advocate […]

  • Avira Phantom VPN Review

    With the increasing levels of online surveillance, tracking, geolocation blocking and general interference from governments, VPN (Virtual Private Network) services are becoming more and more popular. The VPN market place is already quite crowded but a comparatively new service provided by the well known Germany based security company Avira piqued my interest. So I decided […]

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    New Privacy Rules For The Internet

    We Are Still Watching You! Just a few weeks ago, I mentioned that using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) can help keep your Internet Service Provider (ISP) from spying on your activities and selling some of the information to others.  It is just one good reason to use VPN but many users do so just […]

  • How To Use TOR to Surf Anonymously

    What is TOR? Tor is a free software browser that is designed to defend against traffic analysis. Traffic analysis is a fancy way of saying that there are individuals and organizations who monitor your internet traffic and use that information in many ways. By knowing where the traffic originates and where it ends up, others […]