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Facebook Fixes Privacy Bug Spotted by Consumer…

Facebook Fixes Privacy Bug Spotted by Consumer Reports:

Facebook Fixes Privacy Bug Spotted by Consumer Reports

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Öffi (public transport) app now GPL’d (and in …

Öffi (public transport) app now GPL’d (and in f-droid):

Öffi (public transport) app now GPL’d (and in f-droid)

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Looking Through the Eyes of China’s Surveillan…

Looking Through the Eyes of China’s Surveillance State:

Looking Through the Eyes of China’s Surveillance State

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Downloaded Linux themes and now paranoid about…

So I downloaded some linux themes from gnome-look . org & opendesktop . org and I’m starting to worry about viruses. There is nothing acting up on my computer (running Debian btw) that would make me suspect there’s a virus; everything’s working fine. But spyware and malware can be active without the user knowing.

These websites have had a case or two of malware being inside a theme someone uploaded, though it was like ten years ago.

I did a virus scan with the clamav or clamtk thing, but it doesn’t make me feel any better about it tbh. Because Idk how/if that works.

Also, some of the themes originated from users in China. And due to Chinese mass-surveillance and all the cases of data being sent without users knowing on Chinese phones sold in the US (Huawei and ZTE phones a few years back), it makes me even more skeptical. (yet is it kinda hypocritical that I worried more about software from China when I unhesitatingly downloaded themes from US or UK…who are also known for their mass-surveillance…)

Am I being overly paranoid? Do you think its reasonable to reinstall my operating system, to be on the safe side?

I’m thinking in the future it would probably be safer to stick to downloading things mostly from just the repositories. (thru apt-get or synaptic). and if I want something that isn’t there, I should be very careful about what I download online, and limit it to things I trust (like downloading the latest Firefox to replace FF ESR).

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What’s Next for the Reasonable Expectation of …

What’s Next for the Reasonable Expectation of Privacy?:

What’s Next for the Reasonable Expectation of Privacy?

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Edward Snowden describes Russian government as…

Edward Snowden describes Russian government as corrupt:

Edward Snowden describes Russian government as corrupt

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Best/easiest way to destroy dead external hard…

So you may have noticed I’m going through and donating or dumping a great amount of old tech. Anyway, I have a couple of old external hard drives that had some stuff backed up on them. I tried connection them to my computers (both a mac and a pc) and neither computer recognized the drives. I have a place (FreeGeek) where I can donate them or get them recycled, but obviously I’d like to clear the data off them first. Do I have any options or should I just ask FreeGeek (which means going there in person because I can’t get through to anyone on the phone there).

Any help appreciated.

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What do you think about ProtonMail start loggi…

They changed their privacy policy.

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A major site got pwned and wasn’t hashing pass…

<!– SC_OFF –><div class=“md”><p>Notice to all, just had 2FA alerts for 4 different websites which all used the same email/password combo I orphaned a few years ago. I no longer use that e-mail and have a password manager to manage my active accounts. The e-mail I was attacked on does NOT appear as pwned on haveibeenpwned, so it doesn’t appear like I was caught up in an old attack.</p>

<p>I was targeted on:</p>

<p>Coinbase</p>

<p>Poloniex</p>

<p>Microsoft/Live</p>

<p>Google</p>

<p>Attacker used a Turkish IP: <a href=“https://5.24.33.42”>5.24.33.42</a>.</p>

<p>Be careful and always make sure to USE UNIQUE PASSWORDS and 2FA!</p> </div><!– SC_ON –>

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China takes surveillance to new level with dro…

China takes surveillance to new level with drone birds:

China takes surveillance to new level with drone birds

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