GPG key management, part 2

Welcome back to the GPG series, where we are exploring how to make use of GPG with other applications to secure and protect your data. In the first installment, we covered the functions of GPG. You learned about integrity, non-repudiation… Continue Reading →

Mozilla Introduces Surveillance Principles for a Secure, Trusted Internet

#IstandwithMozilla Security is paramount to a trusted Internet. Encryption is a critical part of how that trust is made real. The recent events around Apple and the FBI set a dangerous precedent. Our position on these issues is simple: the … Continue reading

GPG key management, part 1

Welcome back to the GPG series, where we are exploring how to make use of GPG with other applications to secure and protect your data.This installment will cover key creation, key revocation certificate creation, and sending the public key to… Continue Reading →

It’s International Data Privacy Day: Help us Build a Better Internet

Update your Software and Share the Lean Data Practices Today is International Data Privacy Day. What can we all do to help ourselves and each other improve privacy on the Web? We have something for everyone: Users can greatly improve … Continue reading

GPG: a Fedora primer

GPG, or GnuPG, refers to the Gnu Privacy Guard utility. GPG is a freely available implementation of the OpenPGP standard that was released by Werner Koch in 1999. The security and privacy of data and individuals is an important topic in modern culture. The… Continue Reading →

LetsEncrypt now available in Fedora

LetsEncrypt recently entered into a public beta. Thanks to the work of the LetsEncrypt team and Fedora packagers, the official LetsEncrypt client is now available in both Fedora 23 and Rawhide. To learn how LetsEncrypt works or what it is, you can read… Continue Reading →

LetsEncrypt enters public beta

LetsEncrypt is an initiative being sponsored by several different organizations including Mozilla and the Electronic Frontier Foundation following from recent privacy discussions in various communities last year. The key goal is to provide free, easy encryption via free SSL certificates… Continue Reading →

FBI Paid Carnegie Mellon $1M to Crack User IDs, Claims Tor

The Tor Project last week claimed the FBI paid Carnegie Mellon University $1 million to crack the anonymity of Tor users. The claim appears to have been triggered by a report that said the FBI’s arrest of an alleged member of Silk Road 2.0 was based on “information obtained by a ‘university-based research institute’ that operated its own computers on the anonymous network used by Silk Road 2.0.”

Get Smart On International Data Privacy Day

Today is International Data Privacy Day. It is a day designed to raise awareness and promote best practices for privacy and data protection. It is a day that looks to the future and recognizes that we can and should do … Continue reading

Tor GUI `SelekTOR` Sees New Major Release

SelekTOR, an open source Java-based GUI front-end for Tor, was updated to version 3.12 (now 3.12e) recently and it includes new advanced options as well as a new Tor Monitor panel that shows the Tor client startup info and its current status.For those not familiar with SelekTOR, here’s a quick list of features:automatically sets up […]

Unity Privacy Indicator 0.4 Released With New Privacy Settings

Privacy Indicator was updated recently with new privacy settings, such as enabling / disabling the Ubuntu GeoIP service or storing HUD usage data, clear Alt-F2 history and more.For those not familiar with Privacy Indicator, this is an Ubuntu AppIndicator especially created for Unity, which allows you to control various privacy aspects.Until this release, the indicator […]

Tribler BitTorrent Client To Become Anonymous, Version 6.3.1 Released

A year after the previous release, a new Tribler version was released recently and it includes new features, bug fixes as well as work towards anonymous streaming (using a built-in Tor-like network).For those not familiar with Tribler, this is an open source, decentralized peer-to-peer client based on the BitTorrent protocol, supported by EU and Dutch […]

Restore Trust on the Web

Today is Data Privacy Day, an international holiday that raises awareness and promotes education for managing our personal information online. We celebrate this day every year, but its purpose has never felt as important for all Internet users as it … Continue reading

Don’t want third-party searches in Dash? Completely Disable Internet Searches in Ubuntu Dash

Ubuntu got Dash online search feature since ’12.10 Quantal’ version and in Linux community many of us has criticized Canonical Ltd on this step. Most of the people think that Canonical spy on users using online searches.When Ubuntu 13.10 Raring was released, Canonical’s David Callé has dropped a line on this Google+ post that ‘The […]

PPA Updates: Tor Browser Bundle 3.5, Sublime Text 3 Beta Build 3059

Quick update for Ubuntu / Linux Mint users: our PPAs were updated today with the latest Tor Browser Bundle 3.5 and Sublime Text 3 beta build 3059.Tor Browser Bundle 3.5For those not familiar with Tor Browser Bundle, this is a web browser based on Firefox ESR (Firefox with extended support), configured to protect users’ privacy […]

Tor Browser Bundle Ubuntu PPA

Tor Browser Bundle is a web browser based on Firefox ESR (Firefox with extended support), configured to protect users’ privacy and anonymity by using Tor and Vidalia, tools that come bundled with it. The bundle also includes 3 Firefox extensions: Torbutton, NoScript and HTTPS-Everywhere.When launching TorBrowser, it automatically starts the bundled Tor and Vidalia tools, […]

How To Disable Amazon / Shopping Suggestions And Other Unity Scopes In Ubuntu 13.10

In Ubuntu 13.04, if you want to get online search results in Dash without shopping suggestions, you can simply remove the Unity Shopping lens. In Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) you can’t remove the Shopping lens but there is another way to achieve the same thing and it seems this isn’t obvious because I’ve seen quite […]

Tor Stands Tall Against the NSA

The National Security Agency tried to crack the encryption protecting the Tor network — known as a bulletproof vehicle for anonymous communication — but was unable to do so, according to news reports based on revelations provided by former NSA systems administrator Edward Snowden. Undaunted, the agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ, then reportedly used a flaw in older versions of Firefox instead.

Groklaw Shutters Doors Over Email Privacy Concerns

The continuing flood of news about the NSA’s surveillance of Americans’ communications, which has already forced secure email providers Lavabit and Silent Circle to shut down, has now claimed yet another victim. Specifically, award-winning tech legal news site Groklaw, which served the free and open source software community, on Tuesday announced that it is closing because of email security concerns.

Install Privacy indicator 0.02 in Ubuntu 12.10/13.04

Install Privacy indicator 0.02 in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Privacy Indicator is a notification area applet (application indicator) for the top panel of Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment. The goal of Privacy Indicator is to give a quick overview on the most important privacy settings and make it easy to change them. The current version […]