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Google, not GCHQ, is the truly chilling spy network

When Edward Snowden first revealed the extent of government surveillance of our online lives, the then foreign secretary, William (now Lord) Hague, immediately trotted out the old chestnut: “If you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to fear.” This prompted replies along the lines of: “Well …

Surveillance

A list of open source tools for college

This quote mirrors my own personal experience with FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software)."When I first got into technology I didn't really …

Linux

Hacker, Hack Thyself

We've read so many sad stories about communities that were fatally compromised or destroyed due to security exploits. We took that lesson to heart …

IT security

Linux's X.org server is vulnerable. Here's how to stay safe.

Security has come front and center for every aspect of technology — even the display server. Jack Wallen shines a spotlight on the Linux X.org …

Why Ubuntu dumping Unity is a good thing

Hey, Ubuntu users: If you haven’t heard yet, Canonical killed off any hopes of releasing Unity 8 with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS next year. Instead, Ubuntu will release 18.04 with the GNOME desktop. While some die-hard Ubuntu fans may have a case of inconsolable angst, this is actually not as bad of a thing …

Linux

Hackers release password to encrypted cache of NSA tools

Last year, hacking group TheShadowBrokers released a number of NSA exploits into the wild, showing how the agency was able to exploit big-name …

Ubuntu 18.04 To Ship with GNOME Desktop, Not Unity

Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical is to end its investment in Unity 8, Mir, Ubuntu for phones, tablets, and convergence.This post, …

GNOME

The Power of the TODO List

<i>This post was originally posted on my blog</i><p>I wanted to share a simple, yet powerful technique I discovered during my 2nd year as a software developer, …

Crime Prediction software joins Dubai Police Force

<i>Minority Report</i> is often a go-to sci-fi comparison for new technology, but retina scanners and motion controls are just side dishes to the film's …

Machine Learning

On moving from Heroku to now

I use Heroku for a lot of my quick projects and a number of sites that need (in my view) to be online indefinitely (this blog, my business Left Logic …

Malware infects computers by hiding in browser ad GIFs

Unless you still use Internet Explorer (and please don't do that), you probably don't have to worry about new malware discovered by Eset researchers. However, the Stegano exploit kit shows how adept hackers have become at slipping infected ads past major networks and then hiding the malware from …

Government spies can see everything you’re doing with your phone on a plane

If you like your privacy, don’t fly the friendly skies with your phone connected to in-flight networks. American and British intelligence have been surveilling phone use aboard civil aircraft since at least 2005, according to a new investigation by Le Monde based on secret documents from former …

Surveillance

​Orwell: The surveillance game that puts you in Big Brother's shoes

If you see something, say something. Or in the case of Orwell, upload it permanently to a state surveillance machine and marvel at your terrifying power.<p>"Big Brother has arrived -- and it's you."<p>As CNET's resident privacy nark, I didn't need much convincing to play a game all about social …

Surveillance

Worried about the NSA under Trump? Here's how to protect yourself

We don’t yet know Trump’s surveillance plans, but follow these guidelines if you think it’s better to be safe than sorry<p>In January 2017, Donald Trump will become President of the United States of America, and the most technologically advanced surveillance infrastructure in the world will start …

Privacy

Should Google be scrubbing servers to prepare for President Trump?

The tech industry is still reeling from Donald Trump’s election to the White House earlier this week, with new statements from Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook already seeking to make sense of the president-elect. But as those conversations have played out, a lesser-known CEO was suggesting a more …

A madman has been given the keys to the surveillance state

When the USA PATRIOT Act was signed into law on October 26, 2001, it erased many of the vital checks and balances that stood between the American …

Chrome is about to start warning users that non-HTTPS sites are insecure

An imminently forthcoming version of Google's Chrome browser will flip the way that browsers convey information about privacy and security to users: …

Uncle Sam launches open source trove of government code

Code.gov is live and GittingThe United States government has made good on its policy of requiring agencies to release 20 per cent of their bespoke …

Archives

Why you should take notes by hand — not on a laptop

Walk into a college lecture these days and you'll see legions of students sitting behind glowing screens, pecking away at keyboards.<p>Presumably, they're using the computers to take notes, so they better remember the course material. But new research shows that if learning is their goal, using a …

How the UAE Is Recruiting Hackers to Create the Perfect Surveillance State

n July, Simone Margaritelli, an Italian security researcher, boarded a Boeing 777 in Rome headed for Dubai, a city now billing itself as a tech …

Time Management: It's NOT About Time

I'm often facilitating a group class or meeting with a coaching client when the beautiful topic of "Time Management" comes up. It came up just last week: A group had the same set of questions and wanted answers.<p><i>"What do I do if I'm constantly interrupted?"</i><p>"How can I handle my work if I don't have …

25 Best Open Source Alternatives For Expensive Applications In 2018

Why we are still fond of <b>expensive applications</b> like Microsoft Windows, Adobe, Autodesk etc. when there are a lot of <b>open source alternatives</b> to …

Five EFF Tools to Help You Protect Yourself Online

Enabling Analysis of Private Data

Since Neal Stephenson published Cryptonomicon in 1999, cryptography’s usage has spread far beyond hacker and cypherpunk communities through HTTPS, …

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