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Stories about privacy, identity, and life online.

Oct 19 2021

Is your VPN your friend?

What you need to know about Private Internet Access and other recently acquired VPNs

We recently learned that a former malware distributor, Kape Technologies, acquired ExpressVPN, CyberGhost, Private Internet Access, and Zenmate. We highly recommend you read the full story and research covered by Restore Privacy, but here’s what you …

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Nov 25 2020

The Worst Sites & How To Remove Yourself

"Can I do this myself?" is a question our team gets every so often.

If you're willing to take 2 hours every month to go through the removal request process yourself, then the answer is yes! You have the right to request your personal information be removed from websites violating …

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Nov 16 2020

Mozilla Builders Are Fixing The Internet

Every Company Needs A Community

We were thrilled to be a part of the Mozilla Builders Incubator this summer (2020) and continue to support their mission to fund startups that #FixTheInternet. There is a lot broken with the internet. Ad-network margins, fraud, invasions of privacy, data breaches, monopolized Content Delivery …

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Oct 08 2020

A Conversation With A State's Department Of Justice

This is post 3 of a 3-part series about real world privacy threats. We talked with members of a State Department of Justice about the resources they provide communities and those suffering from harassment, stalking, and abuse.

Because of the sensitive nature of their work, we aren’t sharing their personal …

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Sep 09 2020

From Pitchforks To Keyboards

This is post 2 of a 3-part series about real world privacy threats.

How To Respond To Justice Seekers And Surveillance

Since the dawn of media, public figures have been followed closely and publicly ostracized for sharing their views, having a bad take on a social issue or simply nothing …

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Sep 04 2020

Resources For Emergencies

Our team continues to compile a list of resources to use in the case of emergency. General guidance is to make sure a report gets on file with local law enforcement. If things escalate to legal charges, having a paper trail and records is critical for the law to work …

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Sep 02 2020

Kanary V2

Launching a new and improved Kanary.

It's been 9 months since we posted on Reddit about the initial idea for Kanary. We wanted to see if others saw the problems we saw with existing privacy services. Since that post and initial encouragement, we've been building software, learning from feedback, and …

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Aug 02 2020

4 Tips For Handling Privacy Threats On Social Media

This is post 1 of a 3-part series about real world privacy threats.

Twitter Fame And Viral Posts

A friend of mine became Twitter famous senior year of college. She found her niche roasting the self-obsessed 'wife guys' in her classes, the same types she'd soon work with as a …

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Jun 08 2020

Real World Privacy Threats & How To Prepare


A certain type of story gets the headlines when it comes to online privacy and security. A dark web crime ring gets busted. A network of hacktivists is trying to take down an oppressive regime while wearing Guy Fawkes masks. A celebrity leaks revealing photos and gets extorted …

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Apr 26 2020

What To Ask Before Downloading A Contact Tracing App

Imagine Any Other Winter Before This One

Instead of a global pandemic, flu season is in full swing and everyone needs to get their vaccine. Last week it looked like all your coworkers were home sick or sniffling. You get a message from your insurance provider about an app they're …

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Mar 30 2020

How to Wash Your Virtual Hands for 20 Seconds


Life has moved online. You may be video chatting for work or surfing for a new gig online. Local restaurants, shops, and theatres are asking you to buy a gift card, create an account with another new password, or download yet another app. Of course, you are extra careful …

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