Tag: privacy

Tim Cook Ripped Apart Google’s Business Model In Two Paragraphs

Justin Sullivan, Getty ImagesApple CEO Tim Cook. Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote an open letter to customers Wednesday detailing the company’s privacy policy. One portion of the letter sticks out in particular, and it’s a clear jab at the way Google does business. Cook writes that many internet services are free but use your personal data to market products to you. “You are the product,” Cook writes. That’s how Google operates. Its algorithms scan your email, web searches, etc. to show you relevant ads. Facebook has a similar model. Here’s the key part of the letter: A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product. But at Apple…

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Tim Cook Ripped Apart Google’s Business Model In Two Paragraphs

How to Anonymize Everything You Do Online

One year after the first revelations of Edward Snowden, cryptography has shifted from an obscure branch of computer science to an almost mainstream notion: It’s possible, user privacy groups and a growing industry of crypto-focused companies tell us, to encrypt everything from emails to IMs to a gif of a motorcycle jumping over a plane. But it’s also possible to go a step closer toward true privacy online. Mere encryption hides the content of messages, but not who’s communicating. Use cryptographic anonymity tools to hide your identity, on the other hand, and network eavesdroppers may not even know where to find your communications, let alone snoop on them….

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How to Anonymize Everything You Do Online

Why Every Terms of Service Page Needs Summaries

by anthony on 06/03/14

Have you ever read the terms of service agreement that you have to agree to when you sign up for a website? A survey shows only 7% of users read the full terms when signing up for online products and services. Terms of service agreements are so wordy and legalistic it’s no wonder why users don’t read them. One research study found that most terms of service agreements have between 1000-8000 words. On top of that, users need at least a college sophomore reading level to understand them. A related research study estimates that the average user sees about 1462 privacy policies a year. If users read every privacy policy for each new site they visited, they would each spend about 244 hours …

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Why Every Terms of Service Page Needs Summaries

Making end-to-end encryption easier to use

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – posted by Stephan Somogyi, Product Manager, Security and Privacy

Your security online has always been a top priority for us, and we’re constantly working to make sure your data is safe. For example, Gmail supported HTTPS when it first launched and now always uses an encrypted connection when you check or send email in your browser. We warn people in Gmail and Chrome when we have reason to believe they’re being targeted by bad actors. We also alert you to malware and phishing when we find it.Today, we’re adding to that list the alpha version of a new tool. It’s called End-to-End and it’s a Chrome extension intended for users who need additional security beyond what …

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Making end-to-end encryption easier to use

Secure server firm Protonet crowdfunds $1M in just an hour and a half

Looks like there’s a new record for the fastest crowdfunding of $1 million, and it ain’t for a movie this time – it’s for a server company that’s trying to wean businesses off the public cloud. I wrote about Protonet, a German startup that makes secure servers for small teams, last July. It was just after the Snowden revelations began, and the company had duly picked up a $1.2 million investment to help it attract business customers who were suddenly extra-cautious around U.S.-hosted cloud services. There’s no sales pitch like being told your current supplier could be forced to give up your sensitive information to foreign spies. Now Protonet is onto the third version of its orange box. This …

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Secure server firm Protonet crowdfunds $1M in just an hour and a half

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