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How To Make Flash More Private

Adobe Flash: It’s what makes YouTube videos, online games, interactive media and plenty of other stuff on the Internet work. Unfortunately, it’s also a tool that Web developers can use to track your activities even if you take other steps to protect your privacy while browsing, like disabling cookies. But with the help of certain …

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How to Set Your MAC Address Randomly Using Linux

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. …

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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 …

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A Guide To Being Private Online

The services below will increase your security and reduce your surveillance by governments and advertisers. Here are my tips for maintaining on-line privacy: Use A Search Engine That Doesn’t Track You Many popular search engines like Google and Bing save your search history. Typically, your searches are saved along with some information about your computer …

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China Implements New Blocks On Google and Other Websites

China has been busy this month, blocking many important websites, including all of Google’s services. The New York Times reports: As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security, the Chinese government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and …

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How To Opt Out Of Unwanted Catalogs and Other Mailers

If you receive any kind of postal mail, you will have noticed that unwanted catalogs, coupons, credit card offers and other junk mail arrives daily. Most of this mail comes from companies that bought your information from data brokers. Unfortunately you have to track down these companies if you want to get off their lists. …

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How To Ensure Your DNS Isn’t Leaking While Using A VPN

Here are some tips for using VPNs more effectively: Perform A DNS Leak Test DNS is the “domain name service” that is required to use internet. It translates a domain name (e.g. “Amazon.Com”) into a IP address (e.g. “72.21.211.176”). When using a VPN, do a DNS leak test to make sure that you are not revealing your …

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