Using ChatSecure for Encrypted and OTR Communications

ooking for a way to encrypt chats and enable off-the-record (OTR) communications using a fully open-source app?  If so, ChatSecure might be a good solution.  Read on for an overview of what the app does well and which limitations to keep in mind when you use it. Key Features ChatSecure is only one of many tools for encrypting chats, but …

Tails OS 1.5 Offers Out-of-the-Box Privacy Protection

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were an OS designed from the ground-up for privacy and security?  If you’re willing to give a Linux-based platform a try, there is: The Amnesic Incognito Live System — better known as Tails OS. It aims to make private computing a plug-and-play affair. Most mainstream operating systems do little to help users stay private. …

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Lead Linux Coder Warns Against Inevitable Security Flaws

From Heartbleed to Shellshock, the world of open-source computing has faced several high-profile security breaches in the last year. What are open-source developers – whose code powers many of the servers and websites that store millions of people’s personal information – doing about them? That’s the question Linus Torvalds, lead Linux kernel developer, helped answer a few days ago. Torvalds …

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IBM Urges Companies to Block Tor Privacy Service

Hiding your tracks online via Tor, the software that helps conceal users’ identity by randomly routing their Internet traffic through a network of relays, may soon become tougher — at least in the office. This week, IBM is encouraging businesses (PDF) to start blocking Tor on their networks. IBM says companies should excise Tor services from their infrastructure because Tor …

Google Fixes STUN Flaw that Reveals VPN Users’ Private IPs

More than six months after news broke about a flaw in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that lets websites view visitors’ local IP addresses even if they are logged into a VPN, an official fix has made its way into Chrome. You can check if you are revealing your IP address here. The vulnerability centered on a feature that Chrome …

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The Best Ad Blockers

I review the best ad-blockers for 2015. Including the hotly debated uBlock and AdBlock Edge.