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How To Use A Disposable Email Address (For Signing Up To New Services)

These days, many companies ask for your email address. Often you end up with spam in your inbox, or, worse still your email is sold to various other mailing lists. It makes sense to use a disposable email address, at least until you trust a company enough to give them your real address. I recommend …

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Two Ways to Make Anonymous Phone Calls

Want to make a phone call without revealing your real identity? There are several ways you can do this, ranging from using a throw-away phone to restricting caller ID settings permanently on your smartphone. But what if you just want to make private, anonymous calls occasionally, without purchasing a special phone for it? Here are …

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How To: Perform Private Searches Online

Performing online searches using major search engines is a big privacy risk. Here are a few alternative search engines that allow you to search without being tracked. Search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo! track you in various ways. If you have an account with them, they can correlate your searches with other details you …

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MPAA Report Criticizes Online Privacy Outside U.S.

The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) set online privacy tools and laws in its sights in a recent report to the U.S. government in which it contends that too much online privacy hurts the film industry. The report was submitted to the U.S. Trade Policy Staff Committee, which helps oversee U.S. trade with foreign …

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FCC Rejects “Do Not Track” Petition, and It’s a Good Thing

“Do Not Track” requests from Web users will continue to have little real meaning in the wake of a recent FCC ruling that does not require websites to respect the requests. The ruling was a response to a petition that the group Consumer Watchdog created. The petition called upon the FCC, which regulates Internet communications …

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China and Iran at Bottom of Report on Government Censorship

How does Internet freedom compare between different countries? A report out this week from Freedom House aims to answer that question by ranking countries according to online censorship policies. The report, titled “Freedom on the Net 2015,” presents information about Internet censorship in 88 countries. It assigns each country a score while also providing reports …

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