Advertisement It’s the most common argument against privacy: “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear.” It’s also the silliest argument against privacy.Privacy expert and author Daniel Solove has torn down this fallacy in his paper on the subject. But Solove’s essay is a complex take on a nuanced subject. Instead, the simple rhetoric of the “nothing to hide” argument is easier to repeat.But no matter how little you have to hide, the implications of online privacy breaches are major. These few resources explain the pitfalls clearly and concisely.1. The Privacy Paradox (Web, Podcast): 5-Day Plan and a Quick QuizIn early 2017, New York’s public radio station WNYC hosted a special on understanding privacy. Note To Self host Manoush Zomorodi talked to experts from various fields. The entire program was turned into its own special website, The Privacy Paradox.The site features a five-day challenge 12 … [Read more...] about Why Online Privacy Matters and 5 Ways to Reclaim It
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Advertisement On the internet, you can never be too safe. New threats keep coming up all the time, whether attacking your security or trying to mine your data. It only makes sense to do whatever you can to stay secure.And just as the internet takes, the internet also provides. Developers have made everything from extensions that will stop data-miners to simple apps that monitor how secure you are. Here are five of the best that you should use right away.1. Two Factor Auth (Web): Lock Your Accounts Twice!Two-factor authentication (2FA) is fast gaining popularity as a must-have security measure for any digital account. In case you’re new to the concept, Tina has explained 2FA in detail What Is Two-Factor Authentication, And Why You Should Use It What Is Two-Factor Authentication, And Why You Should Use It Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security method that requires two different ways of proving your identity. It is commonly used in everyday life. For example paying … [Read more...] about 5 Privacy Protecting Apps You Need to Use Right Now
Advertisement All of the major web browsers offer a Do Not Track feature which lets websites know that you don’t want to be tracked. It seems like a great idea, but does it protect your privacy?Let’s take a look at the evidence provided for us to decide for ourselves.What Is “Do Not Track”?According to DoNotTrack.us:“Do Not Track is a technology and policy proposal that enables users to opt out of tracking by websites they do not visit, including analytics services, advertising networks, and social platforms.”When you tick the Do Not Track box in your browser’s settings, your browser adds an HTTP header to all of your web traffic. This lets websites know that you don’t want them to track you. You don’t wish for tracking cookies from analytics or advertising networks, and you don’t want information about your browsing transmitted to social networks.Ideally, this means you wouldn’t receive browser cookies that enable … [Read more...] about What Is “Do Not Track” and Does It Protect Your Privacy?
Advertisement Whether you know it or not, most websites you visit are slyly tracking you, sending private details, usage patterns, and other data about you to a far away server. It’s a major privacy concern. Stop giving your data to untrustworthy sources with Electronic Frontier Foundation’s new browser extension, Privacy Badger.The silly name aside, Privacy Badger’s aim is to be a silent protector for regular users, to the extent that you should never need to interact with it. Working in the background, its job is to guard your information from unintentionally being sent to advertisers and malicious third parties.Download: Privacy Badger for Google ChromeDownload: Privacy Badger for Mozilla Firefox(More desktop browsers are coming soon, along with Firefox Mobile)What Does Privacy Badger Do?When you are browsing, something like the social buttons on web pages can track you How To Block Facebook And Other Social Networks From Tracking You Online How To Block … [Read more...] about How to Block Online Tracking with Privacy Badger
Advertisement Windows 10 was a huge success How Microsoft Has Pushed Windows 10 and the Results How Microsoft Has Pushed Windows 10 and the Results Microsoft has been promoting Windows 10 aggressively for over a year. The goal was to get the new operating system running on one billion devices by 2018. We look at Microsoft's methods and the numbers. Read More after it launched in 2015. As of March 2017, it was running on over a quarter of Desktop computers worldwide, only trailing Windows 7, which was released six years prior. Microsoft appeared to have listened to feedback about Windows 8 and sought to mix the best of Windows 7 and 8 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More while pushing the OS into the future.Despite … [Read more...] about Privacy and Windows 10: Your Guide to Windows Telemetry
Advertisement You’re reading this article in a web browser. But what if you wanted to get online without using a browser at all? Is it even possible? And why would you even want to?Web browsers are incredibly popular, even appearing on Smart TVs. But did you know that you don’t need a browser to get online? While vital for browsing the web, browsers aren’t completely necessary. It really depends on what you plan to do online.After all, the internet existed before the World Wide Web. Many other tools and protocols are available let you get online without a browser.Why Use the Web Without a Browser?It all sounds a bit crazy, doesn’t it? Why on earth would anyone want to access the World Wide Web without a browser? Well, it’s not as mad as you might think. Security and privacy: Perhaps your system is compromised. Viruses often limit how your browser can be accessed, and the sites you can visit. Alternatively, you may be unable to access the website you want … [Read more...] about How to Use the Web Without a Browser