Canadians have been shocked to learn that police in this country have for the second time this year admitted to spying on reporters. What makes the recent disclosures most ironic is not that police officers were the ultimate targets, or that spying was approved in the absence of an actual judge—but that much of the meta-data sought by Montreal police may have already existed on a government server, and could have been obtained without a warrant, thanks to the enactment of the Anti-Terrorism Act (known as “Bill C-51”).
In fact, in his latest annual report to Parliament, Canada’s Privacy Commissioner identified 58 such instances where Canadians’ information was collected and shared without prior judicial approval in the first six months of this year alone. READ MORE “Why Spy on Reporters When You Can Spy on CEOs?”
Website security certificates are the silent superheroes protecting consumer data and encrypting browser sessions, but do you even know how they work?
How many times have you clicked away browser warnings about expired or incorrect security certificates?
Probably too many for you to even remember, right?
The truth is, most people are totally clueless about how security certificates, “https” websites, and SSL really work to protect their online privacy and data (hint: they’re all the same).
As the staff over at no-track search engine DuckDuckGo tell us, every secure website relies on a two-part process to make sure information is sent securely and received by the correct individuals.
So whether you’re sending credit card information to your favorite online store or uploading your vacation photos to your cloud-based storage drive, security certificates make the internet a safer place—but only when they’re allowed to do their job.
Today we’ll clue you in as to why security certificates matter. We’ll even show you what you can do to make sure your online security isn’t at risk. READ MORE “What Do Website Security Certificates Actually Do for Your Privacy?”
You don’t have to be a high-ranking government official or rich celebrity to have your emails spied on. Learn how to protect the privacy of your emails now:
Email hacks involving celebrities, government officials, and major corporations have become hot news topics, but have you ever thought about the damage an email attack could inflict upon your life?
Sure, you probably don’t think you’re a target since you don’t have millions of dollars in your bank account or the codes to launch nuclear war in your inbox.
But you’d be totally wrong.
Your email data is exactly the kind of prey hackers, advertisers, and employers are looking for.
The real kicker is that most people aren’t even aware that their emails are so vulnerable.
To protect your emails and learn what’s at stake, we take a further look at who’s really peeking in your inbox — and what you can do about it. READ MORE “How to Keep Your Emails Confidential and Secure”
You can’t protect your privacy if you don’t know what you need protection from. We’ll cover the specific online threats you need to watch out for today:
You hear it all the time: The internet is not a safe place.
From foreign hackers to suspicious websites and emails, it’s becoming easier to get access to your most private—and valuable—information online, even though we’re all supposedly becoming wiser to our security vulnerabilities.
Hacking is now a household word, partly because new tools to get the job done faster are becoming more available. Plus, these techniques are becoming so efficient that users with even the most basic skills can accomplish hacks with damaging effects.
Most people believe they’re protected because they have a standard version of antivirus software that came pre-installed on their laptop five years ago. Don’t be this naive.
The key to protecting yourself from online threats is arming yourself with information about them. Then you’ll know how to stop them before they harm your life or business.
Believe us, when a hacker knows your weaknesses, or the security holes you never bothered to patch or update to fix, they’ll totally use this intel to their advantage. You should be just as informed about what they can do.
These are the most common online threats you need to worry about. READ MORE “The Most Common Online Threats You Need to Worry About”
We’ve slowly transitioned from living, breathing humans into nothing more than a set of eyeballs advertisers can buy. How did this happen? We explore in this post.
Every single second you are being sold. Did you feel it? Maybe not. Because it’s subtle. And we’ve grown used to it.
Your attention currently powers the greatest corporations of our time. Most of the current innovations across Google, Facebook, and other internet giants are funded by our eyeballs. Our focused attention.
These giant networks sell our attention to advertisers who then sell us products that are based upon the data these companies provided them. How else do you think the sidebar ads that keep showing up are strangely compelling and begging you to click?
Below we look at why advertisers are battling over our attention and what we can do to protect ourselves from this raging war. READ MORE “Your Attention Is Being Sold to the Highest Bidder: How We’ve All Become Products”