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.”
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
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.
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 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 […]
Nautilus 3.6 comes with a “Recent” sidebar item (left sidebar: Places > Recent) which displays recently used files: documents, pictures, music, videos and so on. This is a pretty big privacy issue because there’s no option in System Settings (GNOME Control Center) to clear the Nautilus recent files list or to disable it.So here’s how to […]
Unity 6.8.0 has been released in the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal proposed repository today, along with updated default lenses, bringing many bug fixes as usual, along with an option to disable online results from showing up in Dash.Starting with the latest Unity 6.8.0, you can disable Dash online search results by going to System Settings […]