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Anonymity, privacy, data control, no-tracking

anonymity, privacy, data control, no-tracking

a luxury lost in the cloud


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It is so obvious, that all the traffic that goes over the Internet is tracked and analyzed. That allows to define business markets, user trends and obtain an absolute knowledge, about things that a few decades ago were probably considered personal information. As all the services are keep growing under the concept of a “cloud infrastructure”, our ability to control our own data disappears gradually. It is replaced with an illusion of control as we delegate trust to the service providers. The majority of the users do not understand the impact and they are unaware of the technical aspects of tracking, which runs silently at the background of each offered service.

…because awareness is missing…

...because awareness is missing...

The unavoidable exposure of the information tracking that takes place over the network triggers several actions by communities or individuals, which try to balance our ability to control the information that we will expose to the public. A number of different services around privacy, anonymity and data control already exists and becoming more and more popular. These services try to provide an alternative exit for gain back some control over decision making, that has been lost unconsciously.

…because somebody has to care…

...because somebody has to care...

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The illusion of “data deletion”

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DuckDuckGo, using it almost for a year now.

DuckDuckGo, the minimalistic search engine

I started using about a year back, when I was looking for a good alternative. Duckduckgo is not more than it says that it is! A simplistic, but yet powerful and extensible (via DuckDuckGo Hacks) search engine. An engine that comes with the motto: “We believe in better search and not tracking.” and seems to promote users’ privacy. Explaining how our information flows around, without our consent, creating business revenues.

In general, although that the presented search results are not and can’t be as rich as of other engines, I still made it my default engine. With the provided !Bang I have everything I need for a sufficient and efficient search.

Reasons that I think someone could give it a try:

  1. DontTrack
  2. DontBubble
  3. DuckDuckGo Privacy Policy
  4. …certainly more…
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Side Channels Attacks: A good read for Acoustic Cryptanalysis

Acoustic Cryptanalysis is consider to be possible and despite the fact that you need physical access to the box, that certainly does not make the attack less important.

Adi Shamir & Eran Tromerand have an interesting read. Demonstrating how these attacks can become possible.

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Juliano Rizzo and Thai Duong presented a new attack on the SSL/TLS protocol family using an utility named BEAST.

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