An interesting article on the reason why EFF does not release its software, such as the mighty Privacy Budger for Safari (or Apple platform generally).

A useful hint: it is because of unacceptable Apple's Developer Aggrement.

eff.org/deeplinks/2014/12/sorr

WebMD is a health information and news publisher. Thus, it should guard its visitors' data tightly because naturally the data is very sensitive.

But look at these trackers on the screenshots. With this amount of trackers, does WebMD respect its visitors' data?

Now, I am contemplating about LibreOffice.

Yes, it is indeed true that its facilities are still behind Microsoft Office (such as PowerBI on Excel).

But look, LibreOffice is already a mature software. It has so many useful and advanced facilities.

For many purposes, it is already capable replacing Microsoft Office. It is a huge win for libre software movement.

And yes, it does not spy you. It will not report to your boss whether you are being productive or not.

I am so grateful.

Using Firefox with its various useful addons is great for privacy (blocking various trackers).

For non-libre Android users, especially if you are using various non-libre apps, there is various useful apps to block those nasty trackers.

One of the apps is TrackerControl which can be installed from the F-Droid.

Trust me, looking at the list of blocked trackers is such a great pleasure.

It is interesting to see Pyongyang 2407, an Android ROM from North Korea.

The main purpose of the software is for surveillance (not quite so different with other Androids actually).

If you, for whatever reason, want to run this software, you can download the software from this repository.

github.com/hackerhouse-opensou

"This repository contains installation instructions, hardware documentation and exploits for disabling censorship tools of North Korea Android."

Support #UserFreedom by getting #GNU gifts at the GNU Press Shop! New: FSF35 anniversary socks, an epic #Emacs deluxe bundle, and more! u.fsf.org/37m

There are two highly informative and interesting books which I always recommend to other people to read:
1. Free as in Freedom
2. Free Software Free Society (collection of essays)

Richard Stallman wrote both of them. Of course you can read them online.

But, you can also purchase the books as well, especially to support the FSF and GNU Project.

You can purchase them here:
shop.fsf.org/collection/books-

Note: I always find it a pleasure to read GNU Emacs manual book while enjoying tea in the morning

Firefox Private Network provides secure and private web browsing. Why, since it has various useful facilities, such as:
1. Web traffic encryption,
2. Location and IP address masking.

Have you been using this great facility? Great! That means you have secure connection.

But, are you really sure about this? Look, this private network uses Cloudflare.

If you use this network, your ISP does not have ability to access your data, IP address, destination and timestamp. But Cloudflare does!

Remember Dataxu? A surveillance company, ehem, I mean a marketing company which tracks (piggybacking Disqus) people on my previous toot?

Here are the fun facts:
1. It paid an agency to write an entry to Wikipedia,
2. The agency had been blacklisted by Wikipedia,
3. The article is currently being nominated (second nomination) for deletion,

Yes, Twitter is following you.

"Twitter's new suggestion system would be fine if it stopped with the people you follow on the site and the other users who follow you, but blogger Dustin Curtis noticed that it doesn't stop there—Twitter also uses cookies dropped on your system to keep an eye on where you go on the web.

As long as there's a "tweet this" or "follow me" button on the site, Twitter harvests information on where you are."

lifehacker.com/twitter-is-trac

"The decade-old Do Not Track specification is the epitome of this.

Since it was never made mandatory by law, it didn’t actually do anything in reality and businesses simply ignored it and continued to track users as they pleased.

Eventually, many tech companies like Apple just gave up and even removed the Do Not Track option from their services."

digitaltrends.com/features/glo

The free version of Disqus is very useful to provide commenting facility to our websites.

It is free and easy to use. This is also very fast to setup.

But, do you know that by using the software, practically, you expose your visitors to additional 21 trackers?

If your websites are related to medical or other sensitive services, do you want to leak the data to ads companies?

themarkup.org/blacklight/2020/

I have a question, what is your favorite documentation manual and the reason?

It can be a Unix manual, GNU Info document, or a printed book.

In a not quite so imaginary world, there is a meeting between Three Letter Agency and two chip makers; Five Letters Company and Three Letters Company.

Three Letters Agency: we want to control the computers on the entire of the Globe. We want to control the keyboards, network, screen and system memory.

Five Letter: we have created a sophisticated technology; Management Engine. It is 100% suitable for your requirements.

Three Letter: our Secure Technology is just simply the best of its kind.

Intel Management Engine is a sophisticated system

It has total control over memory, screen, keyboard and network.

If I had had lot of resources and I wanted to destroy my enemies, it is a good addition to my toolbox.

And yes, with the system, practically I had control over the world.

Of course, another good thing to be added to my toolbox is AMD Secure Technology.

"On the internet, you can often find VPN services that claim that their services provide complete anonymity, foolproof security, bypass all censorship, bulletproof streaming, etc.

However, the technical limitations of VPN are quite clear and well defined by the technology.

Simply put, any provider that claims otherwise is either lying, or worse, does not fully understand the threats."

protonvpn.com/blog/threat-mode

Why VPN cannot protect your anonymity 100%?

1. Jurisdiction

Are you using a US-based VPN service? Well, good luck. Not only US-based, but also all 14 eyes plus Russia, China and Turkey.

2. Incapability to maintain physical control the entire servers, especially on those 14 eyes + additional 3 eyes,

This happens on practically all VPN providers. Yes, including ProtonVPN as well.

protonmail.com/blog/best-vpn-s

I have some curiosity regarding Yubico:
1. The company is practically based on the US and Sweden,
2. Its firmware is not libre software,
3. Because of the two facts above, how do we know Yubico's products secure?

I also have the same kind of curiosity with both of Calyx VPN and Riseup.net services.

Some interesting facts about password from the 275 million breached passwords:

1. 56% of the passwords are not unique,

2. These 56% must had been created manually and not by a password manager,

3. More than 2 million passwords are just "123456",

4. "123456789" is also quite popular as well,

5. "picture1" position is on the third rank,

Solutions:
1. Use Bitwarden to generate and to save unique, random and complex passwords,

2. Use 2FA,

forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2

With libre software, you have the right to read and modify the code to suit your requirements better.

It is especially important because some libre software vendors also do not respect the freedom or privacy of its users.

We can find an example from gnu.org/philosophy/keep-contro

Several months ago (or maybe half a year ago), WPForms' functionalities were disabled by its authors when the users didn't continue their subscriptions (100% similar with Microsoft 365).

WPForms was and is under Gnu GPL.

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