User-Empowering Software I’m Currently Researching

I’m currently researching: Twister: A fully decentralized P2P microblogging platform that uses the free software implementations of Bitcoin and BitTorrent protocols. See also this news story on Twister. YaYc: A decentralized web search application Peercoin: A cryptocurrency that claims to be more secure than Bitcoin, and to “reward users in more sustainable ways” Marble: An open source virtual globe and world atlas …

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How To Make Your Searches Private, Ad-Free And Uncluttered

Google search has become pretty awful — you get huge block of ads on top, and ads to the right. You have Google services being promoted before other more relevant results. Perhaps most disappointing is the privacy issue — all those keywords you type are archived at Google, and at the NSA, and who knows where else. But buried under …

Elementary OS Luna: A Linux Distribution Similar To Apple’s OS X

Elementary OS Luna is a Linux distribution that closely resembles Apple’s OS X. It was first released in November 2012. According to reviewers, the OS is stable and efficient. The Luna developers say they were motivated by a “desire to create a Linux-based OS that championed consistency and great design”, and their design focuses on providing a concise and consistent …

The Fairphone: An Ethically-Produced Smartphone

The Fairphone is a smartphone designed and produced in Amsterdam with the goal of creating “minimal harm to people and planet”. According to the company, the main goal of the Fairphone was to develop a mobile device which does not contain conflict minerals (gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten), and to ensuring fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply …

Glulug X60 Computer Gets Certified As “Fully Free”

The Free Software Foundation recently awarded “Respects Your Freedom” certification to the Gluglug X60 notebook computer. It was the first notebook to receive this certification, and indicates that it meets FSF’s standards in regard to users’ freedom, control over the product, and privacy. The FSF has had a call out for a laptop sold with a free OS and free boot …

Books That Cover The Real Issues Of The Global Internet

Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers Into Collaborators by Clay Shirky With Cognitive Surplus, Clay Shirky reveals how new digital technology is unleashing a torrent of creative production that will transform our world. For the first time, people are embracing new media that allow them to pool their efforts at vanishingly low cost. The results of this aggregated effort range …

Calibre: A Free eBook Converter and Manager

Calibre is a free and open source ebook manager. It is a great tool for converting ebooks into other formats, and sending ebooks to devices like Kindles, Nooks and iPads. It allows you to bypass the time-consuming methods of ebook tranfers that Amazon and Apple support. For example, if I download a book in the open EPUB format, Calibre allows …

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How To Download Media On iPhones and iPads

Apple devices are quite restricted, making downloading media difficult. For example, there are no Torrent or Usenet apps available. However there are some ways to obtain media easily: Get a Easynews subscription. Easynews provides a web interface to the Usenet, with search capabilities (if you don’t know what the Usenet is, see our previous article). You can log into Easynews using Safari, …

Bandcamp — Find New Music, Support Artists Directly

Bandcamp is a cool music store that allows you to find new music, and preview entire albums for free. Unlike many music stores, the money you spend goes directly to the artists (via Paypal). Bandcamp itself takes only a 15% fee. It’s what iTune shouls have been. You can download any album in lossless formats like FLAC. Great stuff. Last.FM …

Check If Your IP Is Leaking

Private Internet Access, our favorite VPN provider, has released three handy leak tests sites. Please enjoy: Test To See If Your DNS Is Revealing Your IP Address http://dnsleak.com/ Test If Your Email Is Leaking Your IP http://emailipleak.com/ Test To See Your If Your IPV6 Is Leaking Your IP http://ipv6leak.com/

How To Remove Advertising From Your Online Life

Here’s my formula for removing advertising from your life online: Step 1: Use The Right Browser And Plugins Block advertising on your browser: Use Firefox with these plugins: uBlock Origin and Disconnect. These plugins make web browsing tolerable. Step 2: Use The Usenet Find your all your media on the Usenet. Step 3: Search With Advertising For a search engine, …

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The Fake Name Generator: Create A Name, Address, Telephone Number & Email Address

The Fake Name Generator is tool that instantly creates a set of fake credentials, for dealing with companies that request unnecessary personal information. The Generator will create a completely fictitious identity that includes a fake name, telephone number, email address, street address and credit card number. All of the information generated will match correctly — for example the telephone number will …

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How To Share Files Privately Using BitTorrent and Usenet

In this article, I’ll summarize how to share files privately, without being spied upon. I’ll cover two file sharing networks — Bittorrent and the Usenet. The Usenet tends to have faster downloads, until you get a good download/upload ratio on Bittorrent (if you don’t know what the Usenet is, please see this article). Using BitTorrent To Share Files Privately Download …

Linux Distributions Built For Anonymity

If you are serious about using the internet privately, you should probably be using an anonymous operating system. Listed below are privacy and security enhanced Linux distributions that can allow anonymous web surfing, encryption and advanced security measures. Most of them use the Tor network for anonymous internet connections.

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How to Avoid NSA Surveillance

Now that the news of PRISM, the electronic surveillance program run by the United States National Security Agency (NSA), has leaked, many people are interested in avoiding the surveillance. At GreyCoder, we show how you can easily transition to secure services that are encrypted and make it more difficult for eavesdroppers to monitor your activities. Here is a quick run-down …

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The 3 Minute Guide To Online Privacy

I want to browse websites anonymously. Use the anonymous Tor web browser — it’s free and available for Linux, Mac, Windows, Android and iOS.

Tips For Choosing Reliable, Privacy-Friendly Apps

Here are my recommendations for choosing reliable applications: The App Should Come From A Trusted Source I recommend doing a little research on each app you use, and make sure it comes from a reliable company with a good track record. Also, make sure you download the app from a reliable source. I don’t recommend installing hacked software, software from …

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PlexPass: Easily Stream or Download Your Media Collection While Mobile

PlexPass

Plex is a very important app in my Portable Hyperfluous Computing System (more about this System in a later article). Plex allows you to access your personal media on every device you own. It converts and streams videos and music on-the-fly, to make them optimized for the device you are using. It is similar to the Airplay system for Macs.