Over a third of the world is in lockdown; now is the perfect excuse to sort out your privacy. Here are my 6 tips:

#1 — Browser

There is no excuse to use Google chrome or Safari.

Firefox does everything they can do with built in privacy protection. Switching is as simple as going onto their website and clicking download. On top of this you should download these add-ons:

If you are feeling extra technical then this is a collection of privacy-related “about:config tweaks” that will further enhance the privacy…


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Sen. Lindsey Graham — Cover image: Gage Skidmore

As the world finds itself preoccupied with COVID-19, the United States government is trying to pass a law to ban encryption.

It’s called the EARN IT act, and while it claims to combat the sexual exploitation of children online, it has potentially devastating repercussions for encryption and companies that use it.

EARN IT focuses specifically on Section 230, which has historically given tech companies freedom to expand with minimal liability for how people use their platforms. Under EARN IT, those companies wouldn’t automatically have a liability exemption for activity and content related to child sexual exploitation. …


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According to Wikipedia:

Surveillance is the monitoring of behaviour, activities, or information for the purpose of influencing, managing or directing.

It is by no means a new concept, as the ability to know what your population is doing at any given time is extremely useful when trying to enforce laws. This is why even in the Bible, there are examples of what is thought to be surveillance:

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent…


Why Privacy Matters Even if “You have nothing to hide”

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Original image by Scott Webb.

The overwhelming majority of people these days don’t seem to care about privacy. They say things such as “why should I care about privacy, I have nothing to hide”.

There are so many things wrong with this statement.

Privacy is a basic human right, to quote Ed Snowden, the famous NSA whistle blower:

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”

Why would you not…


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Image by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash. (Edited by Freddy Marsden)

According to wikipedia:

“Compartmentalisation is the limiting of access to information to persons or other entities on a need-to-know basis to perform certain tasks.”

It was originally used by the Greeks to keep the secret of Greek fire, but now it is used by people all around the world for lots of different reasons.

I like to think of it as a floor of a house. You have different rooms for different purposes, and you don’t mix things up. For example, you wouldn’t sleep in the kitchen, nor would you cook in the bedroom. …

Freddy Marsden

I’m Freddy, a privacy and security conscious, open-source, amateur developer and writer.

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