Privacy and Security – Your Browser and Tracking

Understanding how you are tracked  through your browser is integral to managing your privacy.  The first place to start is choosing a web browser.  Among the most popular, Edge/Explorer, Chrome, Safari and FireFox, consider the motivations of the organizations behind them.  Microsoft, Google, Apple and Mozilla.  Only Mozilla does not have a big data gathering engine attempting to absorb any scrap of data on you.  So go with FireFox.  Their philosophy aligns closely with Stealth.Systems as they readily provide information on how to address many of the same digital privacy issues.  So install FireFox, and check that your core extensions like Java, Flash etc. are up to date.  Further tighten up your browser configuration by going to Mozilla’s “Smart on Tracking” page to tighten up your browser’s config.

Now add some additional extensions just for revealing and blocking the extensive attempts coming at your browser.

Ghostery – Detects and blocks tracking technologies to speed up page loads, eliminate clutter, and protect your data.

NoScript – The NoScript Firefox extension provides extra protection for Firefox, Seamonkey and other mozilla-based browsers: this free, open source add-on allows JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plugins to be executed only by trusted web sites of your choice (e.g. your online bank).

Lightbeam – Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on that uses interactive visualizations to show you the first and third-party sites you interact with on the Web. As you browse, Lightbeam reveals the full depth of the Web today, including parts that are not transparent to the average user.

Now start browsing and prepare to be amazed at how much is coming at you and how much safer you have become.

2018-03-05T22:13:22+00:00February 26th, 2017|

Many Americans Do Not Use Best Practices With Digital Security And Do Not Trust Institutions To Protect Their Information

Many Americans fear they have lost control of their digital security and are concerned that public and private institutions are unable to keep their personal information safe.  Whether hacks we all witnessed in the 2016 presidential election or massive breaches reported by Yahoo in a very delayed manner, all seems lost.  Malicious hackers, politically motivated operatives, rogue government agencies or skilled pranksters all are at our collective throats doing harm.

According to a Pew Research Study conducted in early 2016, many still do believe all is well.  Yet half do not think Federal Government or Social Media sites are up to the task.  The same study also showed that the younger you are the more you might favor unbreakable technology (even by law enforcement).

See complete article by Pew Research

There is action you can take to protect yourself.   Check out my list of Actionable Solutions

2018-03-05T22:14:42+00:00February 17th, 2017|

Man jailed 16 months, and counting, for refusing to decrypt hard drives

Francis Rawls “doth protest too much, methinks”.  He is a former Philadelphia police sergeant and has been in the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center for more than 16 months. He has been found in contempt of court for refusing a judge’s order to unlock two hard drives the authorities believe contain child pornography. Theoretically, Rawls can remain jailed indefinitely until he complies.  See full article


2018-03-05T22:17:03+00:00February 13th, 2017|