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China: the Power to Create New Devices

China has the power to create new devices, not just copy and paste, but set up their own which is cause for concern. China has a large population and large internal security concerns. It is because of these factors and more that China also has the most aggressive cyber warfare capability around the world. China has a vested interest in devoting its resources to being the leader of the pack about cyber warfare. With tight government control over information infrastructure, China can leverage its human resources in such a way that it can conduct direct cyber warfare operations better than any other country.

With current technology, China can hack into nearly anything without needing encryption programs. In fact, in 2008, during the Olympics, the number of internet networks that were directly linked to the Public Security Bureau, the Chinese equivalent of the FBI, was increased dramatically. Western hotel chains were asked to install different devices which would allow the PSB to monitor all internet activities directly.

The Chinese spy network utilizes bots heavily. Chinese websites often have bots embedded into the site, and logging into the website could trigger an immediate download of a bot onto the host computer. Given that the government heavily controls the internet in China, the bots are more likely to appear on simple websites, in particular on English language new websites and expatriate sites. It is imperative to note that geography no longer limits the cyber warfare abilities of China and that the government can break into anywhere around the world and install a bot. China has invested a lot of their resources and their time to creating bot armies which focus on gathering the largest quantity of raw data, and not necessarily focusing on the highest quality of raw data. They have, on lesser occasion, utilized more creative hacking methods such as injecting codes meant to exploit security vulnerabilities, a tactic is known as SQL injections, or using the online game and chat software for infiltration in a method known as remote exploits for next generation.

China is also responsible for the manufacturing of computer chips and USB drives from the factory.  Many USB drives come with malware from the factory infected. The computers find their way into Western governments and companies, and even the Pentagon who in 2008 banned the use of USB thumb drives due to a security incident of that nature. The Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer by the name of Huawei Technologies was the subject of an investigation in the United States, which led to a withdrawal of the joint $2.2 billion bid for 3Com stake. It is easy to see now why there is greater cause for concern.

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What does Donald Trump mean for internet privacy

What does Donald Trump mean for internet privacy?

Introduction:

In late 2016 happened something that no one expected. What no one believes that it was possible. But in the end, it happened...Donald Trump became 44th American President. He is, for a lack of better words, very controversial person. He was an (and many says, still is) a big businessman with a wealth that measures in billions of dollars. And his stance on many things is controversial and in some ways shocking. He speaks his mind like no other president in the history, even if words that he says are mostly illogical and unintelligent. We know how much damage he can do to all the human rights that we had until this day. But the question is, what will he do about online privacy? Well, we don`t believe that online privacy will be unaffected under his a madman. Probably he will try to destroy internet privacy as we know it. And he will try to do it fast and soon as possible. Why do we believe that? Well, we will tell you in this article. Then you will know why we are so afraid of his policy decisions and what could they do to the internet privacy as we know it.

 

Trump will probably try to ban any kind of internet privacy in „interest“ of security:

This should not come as surprise. We all know what is Trump“s policy about immigrants and a danger of terrorist attacks. So it is not hard to believe that he would do pretty much anything to make America „safe“. He will build a wall alongside Mexican border. Then it is not hard to believe that Trump would discontinue internet privacy because of same reasons. He is prepared to do pretty much anything that he can to make America in the picture that he wants. He doesn`t really care about the people, to him, ego is in the first place, then fear of people that are different than him. That is why he is capable of doing all the decision that he had already make, Muslim travel ban and started to build the wall on the American-Mexican border. So, should you be afraid? Should you start to think what could you do to protect your Internet privacy? We definitely recommend you to do so. What can you really do? There are some options that can be effective. But we will see with time what will Trump really do about internet privacy and if he will change it or not.

 

Trump is afraid of terrorists and immigrants, but why is he also afraid of internet anonymity? Is the anonymity on the internet can create something bad? 

We can understand in some way the fear of immigrants that Trump has, but why would that also affect the internet privacy? Well, all of those things are connected. The real fear is, that terrorists under the internet privacy are able to communicate with each other and plan the future attack. There were already cases of the terrorist using the Xbox and PlayStation chat services to communicate and exchange info. Which is really hard to track, especially if there are using a voice chat. For eliminating that kind of threat you would need to have a specific software installed in the bought console chat services that would register any kind of talk that would be in some way connected to the terrorists. But that in itself has many more problems.

By eliminating online privacy, the American government would be able to find what each citizen of America is searching online, chatting, writing and etc. In some way that would be the death of the democracy as we know it. Just think about it. Some government agent finds out that you were writing that you hate Trump and that you would prefer that he never existed. Now, that government agent interprets that message as a threat to the president. And in the end, you end up in the jail. You see the problem? For every single joke, sarcastic comment, rage comment you could get visited by the government agents and asked about your intentions.  In the worst case, they could put you in jail as a „potential“ threat to the president. And that is only one example, there are much more.

 

 

Is there a way to justify removing of the internet privacy for better security?

Well, this is a hard question, there are many parameters that we would need to take in consideration. But the problem is that you are sacrificing your freedom of privacy for better security. But is it worth it? Is that extra security worth privacy that you would lose. All the people would live than under the eye „Big Brother“ which would know all that you are looking up online and etc. You need to ask yourself, is the maximal security really worth it? We think that it isn`t. The reason is that the terrorists and bad people will always find another way to communicate and to plan the attacks. The same problem is with the gun laws in the USA. The laws only hit the law abiding gun owners that collect the guns and love to shoot them at targets. Even if you ban all the guns and gun trades, criminals would still have their guns, because the don`t obey the state laws, they don`t care. We hope that you can see how those two things are really similar.

So what would you do? You should fight for your right to stay anonymous online, to be able to say what you want and what you mean without a fear of getting censured or in the worst case, put in the jail. This is the fight that will come soon enough. We all need to be prepared for it, inform yourself and do all that we can to stop it. Because if we don`t stop it, who knows how it will end. We need to fight for future of freedom compassion, not for future of fear and oppression. So go out there and fight, fight for your rights, if you won`t, why should anybody else?


The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things and Privacy: how to survive another revolution

Introduction:

Internet of things is a very interesting concept that could change the way that we use the web, pretty much a whole new revolution. But are we ready for that next step? Will this change online privacy as we know it? Will it make it better or worse? For now, it is hard to tell, but there is a chance that it will change the things in the way that you won`t like. That we will be able to become even more anonymous online without the fear that someone will take our anonymity away.

 

What is really The Internet of Things?

As we said in the introduction, The Internet of Things is a concept that could change the way we connect to the network itself. That would effect every single device that is capable of internet connection. This would allow all the devices to have an on/off switch that you would be able to turn on and off the network when you want it to. This way we would get a huge network of connected devices. In some estimations, in 2020. there would be over 26 billion devices that are connected to the network. That is really a lot. And the reason why would those devices be connected to the network is simple. They would get all the newest info, recipes, news and etc. from the web or from the other devices. But is this kind of connection safe? Would this kind of connection damage your privacy that you had?

 

The problem of Internet of Things and keeping your privacy:

When you have all of your home devices connected to the network, is it even possible to stay anonymous? To have the data protected from leaking? Well, hardly. And that is the biggest problem of this concept. How would you be able to protect yourself from data leaks when you have so many devices that are connected to the network. Devices that are sharing information with the rest of the world. This would be a paradise for hackers and government agents that are collecting data from every citizen. Internet of things presents a real danger to us all. At least to all of us who appreciate their privacy. If this comes to life, you won`t have to protect only your PC, you would need to protect all of your electronic devices in your home.

 

 

 

The real danger of Internet for Things concept:

There is a danger that hackers would get all the data about you and your habits, what kind of coffee do you like, when do you wash your clothes, when do you watch TV and etc. Now imagine that hackers take control over all of your devices in your home. They could destroy pretty much every electronic device that you own in your home. Or far worse, they could hurt or your loved ones. Some devices should never be connected to the internet, because if you connect them to the web, then you have open the door to the numerous security and privacy problems.

And what kind of info could someone gather from your home? Not only your internet searching habits but pretty much about everything that you do at home. They could even take control over your security cameras and watch what you do. They could connect to any device that has a camera and monitors you. If that does not sounds scary that we don`t know what does.

 

Final thoughts:

Internet of Things is a good idea on the paper, but it will be pretty bad idea in practice. There is no system other that is impenetrable, hackers always find a way to hack pretty much any system that they want. And in the same way, they would be able to hack your home and all of your electric devices if the Internet for Things become a reality. Future of online privacy definitely isn`t bright, who knows what other problems will the future bring. What kind of attack on online privacy will we need to endure, how we will endure it? Only time will tell. But when that time comes, be sure that you have done all you can to keep your online privacy as safe as possible.


Online Privacy

Online Privacy Tips-5 Things you need to know

Introduction:

So, you are worried about you online privacy. You want to something to keep your online browsing private but you don't know what you should exactly do. There are much information online about the online privacy and things that you can do to stay anonymous online. In this article, we will give you 5 tips you need to know about online privacy and how to stay private online. So let`s start

 

  1. Avoid all popular customer services (Facebook, Google and etc.):

If you really appreciate your privacy then you should stay away from Facebook and Google. Facebook and Google are well known for their gathering information about their customers. They pretty much have all the possible info about you. They know all of your preferences, political views, internet search habits and etc. If you use any of this services then it is pretty much impossible for you to stay anonymous online. The best thing you can do is to delete your accounts and use some other browser programs. But, if you really need to use any of these platforms, then use them to a minimum. Put as least as possible data online and never search for sites that could be used by those sites for gathering data about you.

 

2.You should encrypt your hard drive:

Pretty much any hacker, government agent and etc. can get access to your hard drive remotely if your PC is connected to the net. The best thing that you can do to avoid that is to encrypt your hard drive.you can do to avoid that is to encrypt your hard drive.  Also, encrypting your hard drive will protect your hard drive if someone ever steals your PC and tries to access the stored data.  Nowadays, new operating systems offer encryption programs like Bitlocker. So if you want to protect your privacy, this is the step that you need to take.

 

3.Avoid any kind of online tracking with browser plug-ins:

Nowadays, almost every advertising company collects a huge amount of data from the web and your web searching habits. That way they are trying to personalize the shopping experience and ads that will show on your browser when you are browsing the web. The problem is that other people can use the same data to find something about you and your online browsing habits. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from those kinds of data collecting is to use Google Crome that offers do-not-track setting. But you can also install some programs that will protect you from advertisement plugins. Ghostery is one of the best choices on the market for protection from those kinds of data gathering.

 

  1. Encrypt online communications in chat and mail:

This should be the obvious choice when you are considering to browse the web privately. You should encrypt pretty much every type of online communications. There are many options out there from which you can choose. There is service that will even encrypt the communication from your mobile phone. Silent Circle is one of the best options for mobile privacy. It will protect you from widespread data collecting.

 

5.Use Tor for online browsing:

Tor is a great choice for online browsing security because it offers multiple layers of protection. Tor stands for „The Onion Router“. The way that Tor works is that it bounces your internet communication through network relays, making it almost impossible for anyone to track your online activity. Also, websites aren`t able to collect data that could expose your information and physical location. Tor can almost solve all of your anonymity problems and you should definitely use it.


cookies why do they matter

Internet And Privacy: What are Cookies and why do they matter?

Introduction:

If you use the internet, then you probably have heard about the cookies, but many people don`t know what they are and what is their purpose. The simplest explanation is that cookies are small files that are stored on the user`s computer. Their purpose is to hold a modest amount of data that is specific to every client of the site. They can be accessed by the web server or by user`s computer. This, in the end, allows the server to deliver a page that is specifically tailored to a particular user, or the page may contain some script which can be aware of the data in the cookie. That way cookie is able to carry information from one visit to the website to the next. But are the cookies harmful to your privacy? Can they give too much information to the people that should not have that info? We will tell you in this article.

 

Why do websites use Cookies?

Why do really websites use cookies? Well In this day and age they do. Especially if they want to put advertisements that are specifically tailored to you. Cookies allow them to find your online habits automatically, without spending working hours or paying employees for doing that kind of job. Cookies find everything they need to in a matter of seconds, they will almost instantly put the advertisements that are specially tailored for you and for every other visitor to their web page.  Nowadays, pretty much when you visit every site, the site will give you the notice to activate the cookies on their site, for, how they put it „Better surfing experience“. When the matter of fact is that they want to get the info about your internet habits and about things that you are looking for and buy online. You won`t find any modern page that does not feature a Cookies on their website, that is for sure.

 

Can Cookies be used for illegal data collecting?

The main use of the cookies is just to get the info about the customer and their shopping habits so that wright advertisements would be put in place. But does Cookies present security problem? Can Cookies be used for the illegal information gathering? Unfortunately, they can. Pretty much any hacker can get the info about you and your habits if they use Cookies as an entry point to your computer. In even worst case, the government can collect the info about you and all of your habits, they can spy on you, and know pretty much everything that you do online. This is a big problem and breach of anonymity and security. No one would love to be spied on, especially from their own government. This only shows how big of a problem are cookies and how many flaws they have. Of course, every single computer program has some flaws, but cookies present some troubling flaws that are very concerning in every way.

 

Should you allow entrance to Cookies on your PC?

In our opinion, you should block every attempt of third-party Cookies that are trying to get installed on your computer. Sure, it can be great and awesome when advertisement agencies know exactly what you like and things that you would want to buy. But the security problems are big, enormous. The same way that the advertisement complies know what you are looking for online, hackers and governments can find the same information, or even more. So please, don`t allow access to your PC, don`t let any Cookie program to be installed on your PC or your browser. It is easy as that. But how can you delete all of those cookies that are already installed on your PC or internet browser. And how can you block all of those cookies from installing on your PC?

 

How can you protect yourself from Cookies?

There are many ways in which you can protect yourself from Cookies. First, when a website asks you if you want to install cookies, just press no. You can also change the option in your web browser to not allow Cookies to get installed on your computer. Especially third-party cookies, you should always deny them access to your PC. Only safe way is to completely block the third-party cookies entrance to your PC, and you will be safe.

 

Can you surf the net the same way with Cookies blocked?

This is question has a simple answer, yes, you can. Cookies, especially third party Cookies are only used for gathering the info about your internet searching habits and about things you buy online. Nothing more. Sure, you won`t get the specific advertisements made just for you, but it is a story better option than having your personal data given to the hands of people that should never have it in the first place. So you know what is the best option that you have, block all of the third-party Cookies. And you will finally feel a little bit safer while surfing the web.

 

Conclusion:

Cookies can be useful, sure, they have some benefits, but they really do present a big security breach to your PC and your privacy. Cookies are mostly an invention of the advertisement companies that want to get all the info about you and your online shopping habits. Sure, for the advertisement companies Cookies are the perfect solution to get all the info about their potential customers. So, should Cookies be replaced with some other kind of program? Should they be banned? Well, they shouldn`t get banned, but they should be definitely changed if it is possible. The potential damage that they can do is really concerning. They can destroy all the privacy and anonymity that we have online. Make every your internet search, every your post, every your chat public. This is a big problem now and it could be an even bigger problem in the future. So protect yourself and block all of the third party Cookies. And finally feel a little bit safer.


Protection Privacy Confidential Identity Security Concept

How To Protect Your Online Privacy?

Introduction:

In the last few years, online privacy has become a real issue. It is pretty much impossible to stay private online. There are even talks about banning the anonymous names. Even the governments of many countries are spying their own citizens every day. With the social media it is even harder to stay anonymous, pretty much everyone that you know will know what are you doing and etc. Even google has some info about you and your preferences. What are you searching online and etc. Privacy as we know it almost died. But can you stay anonymous online? Can you protect your privacy and what can you really do? In this article, we will give you all possible options that can help you to stay anonymous online. So let`s start.

 

1.The Onion router (Tor)

If you are only after the web anonymity, then The Onion Router (Tor) is the simplest solution that you have and need. This system uses a vast network of computers to route all of your web traffic through a number of encrypted layers to obscure the origin of entry. Tor is mostly used by political dissidents and whistleblowers to help them share the information anonymously. And as such, it can help you to stay anonymous online and protect your privacy.

The first step is to download Tor Browser. It is customized for Firefox which automatically connects to the Tor network, and also offers some privacy-enhancing browser extensions that can be used to further improve your anonymity. Tor is the best option if you want a simple solution for your anonymity.

 

2.VPN

But if you are really serious about keeping your online print anonymous, then you should consider some VPN solutions like TorGuard or Private Internet Access. In a nutshell, VPN service allows you to discuss your internet traffic. Your IP address will be hidden from the rest of the world. All of your internet traffic will stay indecipherable to nosy ISP-s or your government. Even if your government actively looks for VPN traffic, then you can benefit from so-called „stealth VPNs. TopGuard will offer your their own stealth VPN without any additional cost. And the best thing is that it will make your nosy government very hard to accomplish their goals to monitor your internet activity.

 

3.DNS leak testing

Even if you use a VPN to hide your IP address, there is still a possibility that you will live some clues about your identity via your DNS traffic. But thankfully, it is very easy to detect if your configuration is leaking your own DNS information.

The whole process is simple, head over to DNSLeak Test.com, and then run the extended test. If the final result shows the third party DNS service that you might be using (like TorGuard) then you are safe and sound. But if your ISP`s DNS shows up, then you have a DNS leak. Then you should follow the steps listed under „How to fix DNS leak“ page. After that do the test again to see if everything works as it should.

 

4.Virtual Machines

Your browser isn`t the only part of internet access that third parties invade. PDFs and other harmless files can serve as homing beacons for the third parties, and they can potentially alert the government when you are viewing planned contraband. So if you want to prevent those kinds of privacy breaches, then you should open the suspected files inside of the virtual machine.

First, you should load up your favorite Linux distribution inside your Virtual box, then configure it to your liking, and then save a snapshot of your VM. Then download your desired file, and then shot off your virtual machine`s access to the internet. When you are completely sure that your VM is cut from network completely, then you can open the file safely.

 

5.Social Media profiles and posting

Privacy can be really hard to accomplish if you are posting pretty much everything that you do every day. Especially if you put your personal info on the social media site. So, if you want to protect your privacy you should first put the minimum of the info on the social media site. That is easiest and very effective solution. Remove all the data that could be compromised. But if you can live without social media, then you should delete all of your social media accounts. That is the most effective solution when you are trying to keep your online print private.

 

6.Blocking third party cookies

Third-party cookies are one of the most common ways that marketers track your browsing habits. If you visit two websites that features same advertising service, then this is the sign that advertiser is keeping the information on your internet browsing habits. The good thing is that pretty much every Web browser service has an option to turn off tracking cookies.

 

 

7.Blocking location data

In recent time, many websites had started to use your location data to offer you specific products and services. Even if mapping applications have some legitimate reasons to gathering location data, the problem is that the same technique can be used to find out your real identity. Any good browser should let you turn off your location data off. We definitely recommend you to keep it off the whole time. That is the best way to keep your browsing private.

 

And there you have it, our tips how to keep your internet browsing private and keep your identity anonymous. It can be really hard to stay private while browsing the net, we know that. But there are the thing that you can do to fix those problems. Many of them are free, you only need to access them inside you browser options or computer options. Some cost you some money, but they are worth it. Keep your browsing safe and private because you never know when and who could use your internet data against you. So stay safe and browse the net safely.


Smart TV

Can a Smart TV Endanger Your Privacy?

Introduction:

After the craze for the next best 3D TV, there have come another revolution in TV market. Smart TV. Nowadays almost every new TV that is bought is a smart TV. Smart TV is practically like a smartphone, they share many functions, the difference is obvious, one is TV and one is a smartphone. But now comes the question.  Does a Smart TV endanger your privacy? Can you get sprayed on through your Smart TV? Does it presents any kind of danger for you and your loved ones? Well, we will try to answer that question in this article.

 

Do Smart TV-s really present a danger to your privacy?

Well, we have to tell you the truth, that's the whole point of the article, isn`t it? And the truth is that Smart TV-s do present a danger to your privacy. It is very simple, Smart TV is almost like computers, they pass data through, process data, collect data. All of that data must go somewhere. And that is when hackers, government agents, and advertisers can get what they want. They will know all of your viewing habits, when do you watch TV, how long, which days do you watch it the most and etc. They will know the exact time when the best commercials should be put on and etc. Some TV companies and TV providers will sell all the data that they collected from you to the advertisement companies so they would know what kind of adverts should they show to you. Isn`t this just a little creepy? That advertisement companies and TV companies know more about your viewing habits that yourself?

 

Can you really do something about flaws in Smart TV security?

We now know what kind of dangers does Smart TV present to your privacy. But can you do something to decrease the danger of privacy exposure? Well, there is some good news considering the Smart TV-s. Nowadays Smart TV-s come with a security protection which will protect you from the security breaches of your Smart TV. But how can you stop the privacy breaches? First, and easiest thing that you can do to avoid all of the smart aspects of your smart TV, and you can do that by disconnecting the TV from the internet. And this is probably the only sure way that you can protect yourself from companies taking the data from your Smart TV.

 

Are Features of Smart TV enough to overlook all the security features?

This is a good question. Are the capabilities that Smart TV offers good enough to overlook potential privacy breach? Well, it depends on from person to person. Some people really don`t mind that much that TV or internet companies collect data about them, about their habits and etc. If you are that kind of person, then you should buy yourself a Smart TV and enjoy all the benefits that its offer to you. But if you are one of those people that really cherish their privacy, that doesn't like that companies have collected data about them and about their habits. Then you should look for a different kind of TV. If there is no other option, then don`t plug your smart TV to the web, because that is an only way to be safe that no one will collect data from your Smart TV.

 

Final Thought:

Every time when technology improves, we lose some of our privacy. With today`s smartphones, it's practically impossible to stay private, anonymous. You have all the data on the palm of your hand, and advertisement companies have all the data that they need on you. Same goes with Smart TV. It is hard to think that you would be able to function without the smartphone in modern society. But you can definitely function without the Smart TV. Especially if you had never owned one because you never created the habit of having the Smart TV. Believe us, if you really value your privacy, then you should never buy a Smart TV. TV is one of that product that doesn't really need all of those features, for most of those features you have your PC, smartphone and etc. So, if you can, don`t buy the Smart TV which will, in the end, give you the privacy that you wanted.