Two Free Privacy-Focused Mobile Operating Systems

by Tracy Knauer •

Making Android-based mobile devices more private and secure can be a challenge. Here’s a look at two custom-built versions of Android that aim to provide comprehensive out-of-the-box privacy and security, with little work on the part of the user. Privacy gaps on Android exist at several levels. There’s the operating system itself, which could have bugs that allow third parties …

How To: Configure Windows 10 Privacy Settings

by Tracy Knauer •

Privacy concerns in Windows 10 have spawned a number of apps designed to improve privacy in Microsoft’s operating system. Here’s a list of several apps you can use to help stop Windows 10 from collecting private information about you and sending it to Microsoft. You can, of course, configure privacy settings on Windows 10 manually. But the following apps aim …

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How To Make Windows 10 More Private

by Tracy Knauer •

Microsoft has never won any awards for protecting users’ privacy. But Windows 10 — the OS that “is spying on almost everything you do,” to quote from one article in the IT press — makes staying private harder than ever. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to mitigate the problem and improve security in Windows 10. To detail everything …

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How to Set Your MAC Address Randomly Using Linux

by Tracy Knauer •

In theory, every networking device has a unique media access control, or MAC, address. In practice, using a simple tool called macchanger, it’s easy to “spoof” your computer’s MAC address on Linux by setting a random value for it each time you connect to a network, which helps protect your privacy. Here’s how and why. How MAC Addresses Work Because …