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New Privacy Policy For AVG Antivirus Will Collect Personal Data

Antivirus software from AVG could soon become the newest app on your computer, phone or tablet to harvest private data. Beginning October 15, the company plans to mine information about browsing and search history through its security products. AVG, which holds the third-highest market share in its niche, offers a suite of antivirus and security […]

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Indian Government Aims to Curtail Data Encryption and Privacy

The government of India this week rescinded the controversial National Encryption Policy, which would have sharply curtailed Internet freedom and privacy in India. But serious privacy concerns remain. The proposal would have required computer programs that encrypt data to make it available in plaintext form for at least ninety days after it is created. The

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“InvizBox Go” Promises Tor, VPN & HTTPS For Mobile Privacy

Mobile privacy is crucial in an age when a majority of online activity occurs on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. But staying private and secure while on the go also creates special challenges, which are what a new open-source, crowd-funded mobile VPN and Tor solution called InvizBox Go aims to resolve. InvizBox Go is

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SYNful Knock Hack Compromises Private Data on Cisco Routers

Reports this week that malicious hackers have installed sniffing software on Cisco routers in at least four countries, enabling them to steal reams of personal information, underscore the importance of encrypting personal data to ensure privacy. The hack, which Cisco reported on its blog on Tuesday, affects enterprise-grade network routers and switches. Those are the

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Open-Source uProxy Extension Offers “Social” Private Browsing

If you’re looking for a new way to stay private online without using Tor or traditional proxies — or if you’d like to help other people do the same — an open-source browser extension called uProxy is right up your alley. uProxy’s developers pitch it as a “social application,” designed to help people stay private

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Tor .onion Domain Gets Security Enhancement with IETF Approval

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has made private and anonymous Internet browsing easier by officially granting special status to the .onion domain name. Now, Tor users can be more certain that their tracks are hidden when they visit sites that use the .onion domain. The change’s chief significance is that it makes it impossible

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Malaysian Officials Make Online Privacy Harder

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“There is currently too much anonymity online.” That’s what government officials in Malaysia are saying in comments regarding plans to increase Internet censorship as the country’s prime minister, Najib Razak, faces allegations of corruption. The suggestion that the Internet is too anonymous came from Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, Malaysia’s tourism minister. He went on to

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