‘we are being watched’

Do Not Track — “a personalized documentary series about privacy and the web economy”
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/09/15

speaking of injected ads...

AT&T Hotspots: Now with Advertising Injection
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/29/15

detects injected ads/trackers

WALTER :: Is my Web Content Altered
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/28/15

more ‘problematic issues’

Sadly, How Windows 10 Reveals Microsoft's Ethics Armageddon
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/06/15

useful hidden feature

Tracking Protection in Firefox

Note: Use carefully and only if you're familiar with the 'about:config' page.

Posted by joe.jenett on 08/04/15

‘far-reaching data collection’

I noticed some disturbing privacy defaults in Windows 10
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/02/15

‘easy and effective’ protection

Using a Hosts File To Make The Internet Not Suck (as much)

Note: Please carefully review and/or modify the informative example as appropriate before using.

Posted by joe.jenett on 07/29/15

experimental forum protocol

Aether — “a distributed, peer-to-peer network”

Note: This is not an endorsement.

Posted by joe.jenett on 07/07/15

hide those ‘spook words’

Project "Seen"
Posted by joe.jenett on 07/05/15

browse ‘without being tracked’

Iridium Browser

Note: This is not an endorsement.

Posted by joe.jenett on 05/07/15

securing the web

Deprecating Non-Secure HTTP
Posted by joe.jenett on 05/03/15

capturing your ‘private behavior’

Scan This or Scan Me? User Privacy & Barcode-Scanning Applications
Posted by joe.jenett on 04/11/15

‘putting their users at risk’

Lenovo Pays For Careless Product Decisions

Users’ email, private files, finances, online health information, and so on were wide open.

Posted by joe.jenett on 02/26/15

mobile carriers and privacy

Am I being tracked?
(a project by Access)

Note: This is not an endorsement.

Posted by joe.jenett on 02/20/15

‘serious privacy breaches’

Get your loved ones off Facebook
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/04/15

“you're still tracked”

Private Browsing Myths

Note: Promotional vehicle.

Posted by joe.jenett on 01/27/15

a matter of trust

The Turn-Verizon Zombie Cookie
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/22/15

‘purpose-built alternatives’ needed

Striking a balance between advertising and ad blocking
Posted by joe.jenett on 12/14/14

“free and open Internet”

The Free Internet Project
Posted by joe.jenett on 10/16/14

‘back-end data sharing’

The hidden perils of cookie syncing

Once two trackers sync cookies, they can exchange user data between their servers.

Posted by joe.jenett on 09/12/14

‘privacy goes first’

Tox: A New Kind of Instant Messaging

Note: This is not an endorsement.

Posted by joe.jenett on 09/08/14

‘disregard for user privacy’

Google just banned our new Android app before it even launched
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/07/14

an overview of threats

Internet predators
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/06/14

‘law enforcement hacking’

You Can Get Hacked Just By Watching This Cat Video on YouTube
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/25/14

latest user deception tools

The Web never forgets: Persistent tracking mechanisms in the wild
Posted by joe.jenett on 07/26/14

‘send private links publicly’


Note: This is not an endorsement.

Posted by joe.jenett on 07/17/14

privacy impact ignored?

Privacy Implications of Social Media Manipulation
Posted by joe.jenett on 07/06/14

‘protecting what you love’

GPGTools (OS X)
Posted by joe.jenett on 06/26/14

‘most secure and private’

WhiteHat Aviator - The most secure browser online
Posted by joe.jenett on 06/09/14

blocks ‘invisible trackers’

Privacy Badger – available as a browser extension for Firefox or Chrome
Posted by joe.jenett on 05/05/14

a ‘personal security initiative’

How to Build a Secure Online Presence
Posted by joe.jenett on 03/29/14

countries behaving badly

A Short Guide to the Internet’s Biggest Enemies
Posted by joe.jenett on 03/17/14

self-deleting text/images - The forgetful messaging service

Note: This is not an endorsement.

Posted by joe.jenett on 03/10/14

‘commitment to user freedoms’

Our encryption tools must be free software, not just open source

Freedom of the Press Foundation, a donation-based initiative

Posted by joe.jenett on 03/06/14

developer-specific tips

Five Potential Privacy Pitfalls for App Developers
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/02/14

“privacy is about trust”

Privacy And Why It Really Matters
Posted by joe.jenett on 11/30/13

‘different kind of attack’

The New Threat: Targeted Internet Traffic Misdirection

Note: Promotional vehicle.

Posted by joe.jenett on 11/24/13

beware of default settings

LinkedIn Customers Allege Company Hacked E-Mail Addresses
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/23/13

'extreme private browsing'

Epic Privacy Browser

Note: This is not an endorsement.

Posted by joe.jenett on 09/20/13

'more important than ever'

Software Transparency
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/18/13

on social engineering tactics

Staying safe from virtual robbers
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/15/13

a laugh (to create awareness)

PRSM - The Sharing Network
(more info)
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/25/13

also claims to be 'most powerful'

Ixquick – "the world's most private search engine"
Posted by joe.jenett on 06/25/13

'to sell you stuff'

Everything We Know About What Data Brokers Know About You (ads)

Other than certain kinds of protected data – including medical records and data used for credit reports – consumers have no legal right to control or even monitor how information about them is bought and sold.

Posted by joe.jenett on 03/15/13

guide to privacy tools

How-to stop getting tracked in your Browser.
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/03/13

looking forward to...

Predictions for 2013
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/11/13

something to consider...

What is Do Not Track (DNT)?

Note: Promotional vehicle.

Posted by joe.jenett on 12/24/12

on outdated privacy laws

Protect the Constitution: Update privacy laws now!

Note: See Privacy Policy.

Posted by joe.jenett on 12/02/12

It's your choice...

National Do Not Call Registry (Q&A)
Posted by joe.jenett on 11/13/12

'Lock down your privacy'

Privacyfix Firefox extension (also available for Chrome, with plans for Safari version as well)

Instantly check your privacy settings across Facebook, Google and the other websites and companies collecting your data. Get to the fix with one click. Know when policies change.

Note: This is not an endorsement.

Posted by joe.jenett on 10/19/12

'know your iOS apps '

Clueful App (Web app)

You'd be surprised how many things an app can learn about you and what you do. Without you ever knowing it.

Note: Promotional vehicle.

Posted by joe.jenett on 09/03/12


Terms of Service; Didn't Read by Unhosted

"I have read and agree to the Terms" is the biggest lie on the web. We aim to fix that.

Related: Open Notice

Posted by joe.jenett on 08/23/12

'mobile privacy application'

Wickr - Leave No Trace!

Note: This is not an endorsement.

Posted by joe.jenett on 07/07/12

'a techie sausage fest'

Why I don't use Google+ (as a woman)
Posted by joe.jenett on 07/06/12

'worst privacy violators'

And the privacy invasion award goes to...
Posted by joe.jenett on 05/11/12

privacy/data management

Form History Control Firefox extension

An extension to View and Manage form history entries (view, edit, delete, selective clean-up, export/import)

Posted by joe.jenett on 05/08/12

He's right!

Privacy is not an Option

Software developers need to look at privacy the same way we've learned to look at security: it's not an add-on or a feature that customers have to turn on, it's something built-in that shouldn't be turned off.

Posted by joe.jenett on 04/01/12

on 'data co-ownership'

Exploiting Privacy Policy Conflicts in Online Social Networks

Online Social Networks (OSNs) offer access control mechanisms to protect users' sensitive information from undesired accesses. Yet, their information is still vulnerable to disclosure when their friends assign conflicting privacy policies: a user prohibits everyone from accessing his own content or profile but his friends allow others to see it...

Posted by joe.jenett on 03/17/12

Who's tracking you?


Collusion is an experimental add-on for Firefox and allows you to see all the third parties that are tracking your movements across the Web. It will show, in real time, how that data creates a spider-web of interaction between companies and other trackers.

[The Letter]

Posted by joe.jenett on 03/04/12

'you become mere product'

Privacy betrayed: Twitter sells multi-billion tweet archive
Posted by joe.jenett on 03/01/12

clarifying the issues

Setting the Record Straight on Google's Safari Tracking
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/27/12

WTF (evil?) Google!

Google Bypassing User Privacy Settings - IEBlog

When the IE team heard that Google had bypassed user privacy settings on Safari, we asked ourselves a simple question: is Google circumventing the privacy preferences of Internet Explorer users too? We've discovered the answer is yes: Google is employing similar methods to get around the default privacy protections in IE and track IE users with cookies.

Posted by joe.jenett on 02/20/12

avoiding 'personalised bubbles'

I don't think you browse like I do
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/07/12

the missing option...

A Modest Proposal: Google, Take My Money

I just wish you'd take alternative forms of payment besides my eyeballs and my personal information.

Posted by joe.jenett on 01/30/12

'magnet for privacy complaints'

A New Year for Privacy: The PRC Launches Online Complaint Center
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/04/12

'weirdly unsocial' networks

The Social Graph is Neither

Social networks exist to sell you crap. The icky feeling you get when your friend starts to talk to you about Amway, or when you spot someone passing out business cards at a birthday party, is the entire driving force behind a site like Facebook.

Posted by joe.jenett on 11/23/11

Facebook privacy is a joke...

...and it's not funny anymore!
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/25/11

honoring users' privacy prefs

Mozilla Publishes Developer Guide on DNT

Introduction to Do Not Track

Posted by joe.jenett on 09/09/11

How honest is your ISP?

Widespread Hijacking of Search Traffic in the United States
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/07/11

'protecting against tracking'


a Firefox add-on designed to prevent third-party buttons (such as the Facebook "Like" button or the Twitter "tweet" button) embedded by sites across the Internet from tracking you until you actually click on them

[The Letter]

Posted by joe.jenett on 07/31/11

Don't do that!

Plain Text Offenders – "Did you just email me back my own password?!"
Posted by joe.jenett on 07/15/11

'easy hacking'

It's not just Big Brother watching (ads)
Posted by joe.jenett on 07/07/11

'aims to respect its users'

Instantbird » News » Instantbird 1.0 released in 11 locales!

As part of our belief in respecting our users, we give them an ad-free experience and respect their privacy by not collecting any information about them (Instantbird contacts our servers only when checking for updates, or in the unfortunate and uncommon event of a crash).

Note: This is not an endorsement.

Posted by joe.jenett on 06/30/11

protect your sensitive data... (2)

How Dropbox sacrifices user privacy for cost savings
Posted by joe.jenett on 04/14/11

online 'privacy manager'


SelectOut is here to help enlighten internet users about their choices, the companies that are behind data online, and give users the options choose for themselves.

Posted by joe.jenett on 03/07/11

'camouflage from face detection'

CV Dazzle

CV Dazzle™ is camouflage from computer vision (CV). It is a form of expressive interference that combines makeup and hair styling (or other modifications) with face-detection thwarting designs...

Posted by joe.jenett on 03/01/11

Google without the Google

Startingpage Search Engine

When you search with Startingpage, we submit your search query to Google and return the search results to you in total privacy. Because Startingpage does the searching for you, you never make direct contact with Google. That means Google can't record your IP address, log your visit, or put tracking cookies on your browser. And we won't either.

Note: This appears to be a duplication of another product by the same company: Startpage

Posted by joe.jenett on 02/10/11

Is privacy dead?

The tech industry is a virus
Posted by joe.jenett on 11/16/10

comparing privacy policies

Privacy is the new search quality
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/26/10

'unsurprisingly common' vulnerability

XSS - an Underestimated Threat?
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/24/10

'sophisticated and dangerous'

New trojan virus Zeus v3 empties online bank accounts
How to protect yourself from trojans when banking online
  • Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date.
  • Keep firewalls set to the highest level.
  • Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don't know.
  • Never double-click on an e-mail attachment that ends in .exe. It is an 'executable' file and can do what it likes in your system.
  • If you think your machine has already been infected, contact your bank immediately. If the bank thinks you are a genuine victim of fraud it will reimburse you.
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/11/10

for iPhone users

Opting Out of Targeted iAds
Posted by joe.jenett on 07/24/10

noteworthy traveling precautions

Summer Vacation - A Privacy and Identity Theft Primer
Posted by joe.jenett on 05/24/10

'privacy scanner'
Posted by joe.jenett on 05/17/10

'lack of privacy, and spammy newsfeeds'

Why I Canceled My Facebook Account
Posted by joe.jenett on 05/02/10

'don't fall prey' to scammers

Census Scams - You Can Count on It
Posted by joe.jenett on 03/15/10

some recent scams

Scare Away Scammers (PRC)
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/23/10

public-to-anyone by default

WARNING: Google Buzz Has A Huge Privacy Flaw
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/10/10

control over one's data

Is it possible to opt out of social networking?
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/08/10

'privacy-friendly' search

Startpage Web Search
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/29/10

'prevent google from tracking'

GoogleSharing :: A Special Kind Of Proxy
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/20/10

an economic decision

Facebook's move ain't about changes in privacy norms
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/17/10

'jail-break' with care

Worm attack bites at Apple iPhone

The worm, known as ikee, only affects "jail-broken" phones, where a user has removed Apple's protection mechanisms to allow the phone to run any software.

Posted by joe.jenett on 11/09/09

'subtle security holes'

Secure computers aren't so secure
Posted by joe.jenett on 10/30/09

'sophisticated ways'

Online thieves step up bank raids
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/29/09

Flash: Security and Privacy (2)

BetterPrivacy Firefox extension
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/23/09

'privacy norms online'

Context, Privacy, and (Attempted) Blogger Anonymity
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/17/09

Flash: Security and Privacy

Adobe - Flash Player : Settings Manager
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/11/09

'surveillance solutions'

UAE Blackberry update was spyware
Posted by joe.jenett on 07/21/09

'modern surveillance'

When employers become watchers
Posted by joe.jenett on 06/01/09

UK government is watching... (3)

Agency denies internet spy plans
Posted by joe.jenett on 05/04/09

UK government is watching... (2)

Plan to monitor all internet use

The new system would track all e-mails, phone calls and internet use, including visits to social network sites.

Related post: UK government is watching you!

Posted by joe.jenett on 04/27/09

'stretching the law'

Net firms start storing user data

Details of user e-mails, website visits and net phone calls will be stored by internet service providers (ISPs) from Monday under an EU directive...

Posted by joe.jenett on 04/06/09

UK government is watching you!

Social network sites 'monitored' – "It is part of a plan to store details of all phone calls, e-mails and websites visited on a central database..."
Posted by joe.jenett on 03/26/09

dealing with targeted ads

Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO) Firefox extension

Sets permanent opt-out cookies to stop targeted advertising by 28 different advertising networks, including Google/Doubleclick and many other members of the Network Advertising Initiative.

Please read the "Long Description" before installing this add-on, for important note regarding privacy settings in Firefox.

Note: This is not an endorsement.

Posted by joe.jenett on 03/22/09

'integrity of the internet'

Web founder's 'snooping' warning
Posted by joe.jenett on 03/11/09

don't click

Facebook users hit by virus – "The virus tricks users by telling them they're in a video..."
Posted by joe.jenett on 12/09/08

things to consider

5 dangers of social media
Posted by joe.jenett on 11/13/08

blatant abuse

Sale of bank data alarms Germany
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/21/08

so much for your privacy rights...

Court Ruling Will Expose Viewing Habits of YouTube Users
Posted by joe.jenett on 07/03/08

'did not inform customers'

Call to prosecute BT for ad trial

Related previous posts:
snooping and profiling
'fears over the future of the internet'

Posted by joe.jenett on 06/06/08

says Candadian privacy group

Facebook 'violates privacy laws'
Posted by joe.jenett on 06/01/08

invading privacy (for 'good')?

Vote! How to Detect the Social Sites Your Visitors Use
Posted by joe.jenett on 05/30/08

'Big Brother' indeed

Criticism for 'UK database' plan
Posted by joe.jenett on 05/21/08

from BBC's 'Click' program

Identity 'at risk' on Facebook

Related: Click's Facebook security advice

Posted by joe.jenett on 05/01/08

snooping and profiling

The Phorm 'Webwise' System

Related post: 'fears over the future of the internet'

Posted by joe.jenett on 04/05/08

issue is 'privacy' not 'piracy'

Policing internet 'not ISP's job'

The head of one of Britain's biggest internet providers has criticised the music industry for demanding that he act against pirates.

Related: ISPs could face piracy sanctions

Posted by joe.jenett on 04/04/08

'fears over the future of the internet'

Web creator rejects net tracking

Phorm 'illegal' says policy group
Phorm needs 'better protection'

Posted by joe.jenett on 03/17/08

security and privacy concerns

Anger over pupils database plan
Posted by joe.jenett on 02/14/08

here's your proof...

Clarkson stung after bank prank

TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has lost money after publishing his bank details in his newspaper column.

The Top Gear host revealed his account numbers after rubbishing the furore over the loss of 25 million people's personal details on two computer discs.

He wanted to prove the story was a fuss about nothing...

Posted by joe.jenett on 01/07/08

dealing with direct marketers...

On Labour, Ipsos MORI and the TPS...
Posted by joe.jenett on 10/02/07

'unacceptable intrusion'

German spyware plans trigger row – "German government plans to spy on terror suspects by deploying malicious e-mails have drawn sharp criticism."
Posted by joe.jenett on 09/02/07

company denies security breach

Monster attack steals user data
US job website has suffered an online attack with the personal data of hundreds of thousands of users stolen...
Posted by joe.jenett on 08/21/07

'faceless cameras barking'

'Talking' CCTV scolds offenders
Posted by joe.jenett on 04/05/07

good to know...

Debit card versus credit card – "Your federal debit card legal rights are weaker than your credit card rights."
Posted by joe.jenett on 01/31/07

on privacy...

Is the NSA Reading Your E-Mail?
[Disarranging Mine]
Posted by joe.jenett on 12/27/05

privacy issue...

Friendster's sneak attack on your anonymity
Posted by joe.jenett on 10/29/05

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