@EikeHein is the treasurer of KDE e.V. and long-time Plasma and Konversation developer. So he's actually more knowledgeable on the tech side of KDE than I am.
This reporter blocked each of the five "tech giants" for a week—
Then, for the 6th week, she blocked all five for a whole week! https://gizmodo.com/i-cut-the-big-five-tech-giants-from-my-life-it-was-hel-1831304194
Here's how to try it yourself: https://gizmodo.com/want-to-really-block-the-tech-giants-heres-how-1832261612
Some popular iPhone apps are secretly recording your screen:
– apps include Air Canada, Hollister, Expedia, Hotels.com
– these and other apps use a "session replay" feature of Glassbox
– Glassbox session replays are essentially real-time videos of how you interact with the app
Turns out the current German federal data protection commissioner, @ulrichkelber, has an active Mastodon account!
It's really great to see that Mr. Kelber is active where much of the IT - and especially privacy - community are, instead of only on the big, privacy-violating social networks.
LIFX smart light can leak your WiFi password (and more):
– tested with LIFX mini white
– credentials were stored in plaintext within the flash memory
– there is no secure boot, flash encryption, or any attempt to disable JTAG
Also keep in mind that your IP cameras at home can leak your WiFi passwords (and more):
Was excited about this talk almost more than any other at #fosdem.
@ExodusPrivacy@twitter.com is doing amazing work in identifying surveillance patterns in native apps on Android.
And their learnings are set up to be dev-ready, easily used in your own projects.
Donate to support them!
Facebook has found a novel way to violate privacy: pay children to install root certificates on their devices.
Are you about to set up a web server for your projects, blog, or website?
Check out our Web server security series:
We cover SSH and TLS hardening, HTTP response headers, ModSecurity, Fail2ban, and server-side DNS configuration. There's more to come.
Ideas and feedback are welcome.
Motherboard: 'Criminals Are Tapping into the Phone Network Backbone to Empty Bank Accounts'
"Motherboard has identified a specific UK bank that has fallen victim to so-called SS7 attacks, and sources say the issue is wider than previously reported."
Surveillance across the board
Google announces date of death of consumer Google+:
– DOD will be April 2, 2019
– Google announced to delete Google+ accounts, pages, photos, videos, and album archive of consumer users
– G Suite users aren't affected
– all Google+ APIs will be shut down in March 2019
Breaking: Google has also been found using a shady research app to monitor and analyze user traffic and data, a day after Facebook's app was uncovered to violate Apple's rules.
#PeerTube is a free open alternative to YouTube:
It's federated through ActivityPub, so you can follow PeerTube channels on Fediverse sites like Mastodon etc.
It uses peer-to-peer technology so even viral videos won't bring an instance down. The more people watch, the more bandwidth they contribute.
There are several apps:
Holy shit, Facebook is paying teenagers to install a root certificate on their phones so they can snoop on all of their internet traffic
Not a joke, this is actually a thing which is happening right now
'I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything'
"The more frequent effect of the Google block though is that the internet itself slows down dramatically for me.
"Most of the websites I visit have frustratingly long load times because so many of them rely on resources from Google... On Airbnb, photos won’t load... Because I’m blocking Google, Dropbox thinks I’m not a real person and won’t let me sign in."
Fosstodon is a Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.