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How To: Perform Private Searches Online

by Tracy Knauer •

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 reveal about yourself. And even …

Bleep: A P2P, Secure and Private Alternative to Skype for VoIP

by Tracy Knauer •

Is Skype private? Not really. Bleep offers a better option for making free and private voice or video calls over the Internet using VoIP. Skype, the leading VoIP app, offers basic privacy features, most notably built-in encryption. But Skype is closed-source software, which means only Skype developers know how it truly works, or what information the application gathers about users. …

Microsoft Report Says China Tops List of Censorship Requests

by Tracy Knauer •

China tops the list of governments that requested censorship of content from the Bing search engine and other Microsoft online platforms in 2015. That’s according to Microsoft’s latest Content Removal Requests Report. The report, published last Wednesday, lists requests that Microsoft received during the first half of 2015 for removing content or disabling accounts in its products. According to Microsoft, …

South African Draft Policy Threatens Internet Privacy

by Tracy Knauer •

Online videos and other content have become the target of new Internet censorship legislation proposed in South Africa through the Online Regulation Policy, which is now available in draft form. The document is part of an effort to bring South Africa’s Film and Publications Act of 1996 up to speed with the Internet. In attempting to regulate online content, however, …