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There are Many Problems With Mobile Privacy but the Presidential Alert Isn’t One of Them | Electronic Frontier Foundation
On Wednesday, most cell phones in the US received a jarring alert at the same time. This was a test of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, also commonly known as the Presidential Alert. This is an unblockable nationwide alert system which is operated by Federal Emergency Management Agency (*not* the President, as the name might suggest) to warn people of a catastrophic event such as a nuclear strike or nationwide terrorist attack. The test appears to have been mostly successful, and having a nationwide emergency alert system certainly doesn’t seem like a bad idea; but Wednesday’s test has also generated concern. One of the most shared tweets came from antivirus founder John McAfee.
cellphones  conspiracy  emergency  POTUS  privacy  security  twitter  EFF 
10 days ago by rgl7194
EFF's DEF CON 26 T-Shirt Puzzle | Electronic Frontier Foundation
In August, EFF unveiled our ninth limited edition DEF CON exclusive member t-shirt. Like previous years, the design of this year’s shirt was inspired by the conference’s theme, 1983. That number isn’t just the year before 1984. It was also the year a brilliant artist named Keith Haring had his work featured in the Whitney Biennial and in the video for Madonna’s Like a Virgin. Haring is one of the most impactful visual artist of the 1980s — he defined the look and the politics of that period for many people. Our shirt design is an homage to Haring and his playful, yet sometimes sinister, view of human nature.
As thanks for supporting our work, we included a secret puzzle hidden within the shirt’s design for our members to solve during the conference. Read on for a walkthrough of the puzzle, or try your hand at solving it! (Warning: spoilers ahead!)
security  privacy  conference  clothing  EFF  mystery 
15 days ago by rgl7194
Facebook Data Breach Affects At Least 50 Million Users | Electronic Frontier Foundation
If you found yourself logged out of Facebook this morning, you were in good company. Facebook forced more than 90 million Facebook users to log out and back into their accounts Friday morning in response to a massive data breach.
According to Facebook’s announcement, it detected earlier this week that attackers had hacked a feature of Facebook that could allow them to take over at least 50 million user accounts. At this point, information is scant: Facebook does not know who’s behind the attacks or where they are from, and the estimate of compromised accounts could rise as the company’s investigation continues. It is also unclear the extent to which user data was accessed and accounts misused.
facebook  security  privacy  data  breach  EFF 
18 days ago by rgl7194
Certbot
Automatically enable HTTPS on your website with EFF's Certbot, deploying Let's Encrypt certificates.
eff  certbot  letsencrypt  tutorials  debian 
4 weeks ago by jaumeb
Coding with EFF | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF needs a few good volunteers. With many important technology projects in the works and a limited amount of staff and time, we are always looking for volunteers with the skills to help us support the open source projects that we run.If you are a designer, programmer, security auditor, QA person,...
code  eff  volunteer  opensource  programming 
6 weeks ago by jheady
Secure Messaging? More Like A Secure Mess. | Electronic Frontier Foundation
There is no such thing as a perfect or one-size-fits-all messaging app. For users, a messenger that is reasonable for one person could be dangerous for another. And for developers, there is no single correct way to balance security features, usability, and the countless other variables that go into...
EFF  InfoSec  privacy  howto  cryptography 
6 weeks ago by jhb
Back to School Essentials for Security | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Going back to school? This is a perfect time for a digital security refresh to ensure the privacy of you and your friends is protected!
It’s a good time to change your passwords. The best practice is to have passwords that are unique, long, and random. In order to keep track of these unique, long and random passwords, consider downloading a password manager.
As a great additional measure: You can add login notifications to your accounts, so that you can monitor logins from devices you don’t recognize.
security  privacy  EFF  schools  passwords  social_media  phishing  encryption  messaging 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
When ISPs Tell Seniors Net Neutrality Laws Will Increase Their Bills, They’re Lying and Losing | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The fight to secure net neutrality protections for Californians keeps showing how far ISPs and their surrogates will go to make a buck off of ending the free and open Internet. The latest maneuver is a flood of deceptive robocalls targeting seniors and stating that net neutrality will raise their cell phone bills by $30 a month and slow down the Internet. It’s not just a lie, it’s proof that you’ve successfully put them on the defensive by contacting your representatives about net neutrality.
The robocalls don’t mention net neutrality by name. Instead, they simply assert that S.B. 822 will raise their bills and slow down their Internet. If ISPs decided to make this true by coordinating to raise prices in reaction to net neutrality legislation it would probably be illegal under federal antitrust law. There is no evidence that says net neutrality harms ISPs to the point where they must raise prices to make money. In fact, the evidence says the exact opposite. The fact that this is even possible reveals that we seriously lack sufficient competition in the wireless market. Such intentional misrepresentations demonstrate the extent major ISPs oppose any legal requirements to keep the Internet free and open, even after it has been discovered that they would go so far as to upsell public safety during an emergency in California.
ISP  net_neutrality  gov2.0  politics  robocalls  propaganda  senior  EFF  california 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
A Click on a URL Isn’t Enough for a Search Warrant | Electronic Frontier Foundation
San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked an appeals court to ensure that a click on a URL isn’t enough to get a search warrant for your house.
In U.S. v. Nikolai Bosyk, law enforcement discovered a link to a file-sharing service that was suspected of being used to share child pornography. Prosecutors got a warrant to search Bosyk’s home based only on the fact that someone attempted to access the link from his home. The warrant application included no information on why or how the user encountered the link, or if he had any knowledge of what it linked to.
In an amicus brief filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, EFF argues that law enforcement should gather more evidence before subjecting someone to an invasive home search. It’s not always clear what kinds of sites URLs link to, particularly with the prevalence of link shorteners or other tools that obscure a link’s destination.
EFF  police  URL  crime  porn 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Victory! California Passes Net Neutrality Bill | Electronic Frontier Foundation
California’s net neutrality bill, S.B. 822 has received a majority of votes in the Senate and is heading to the governor’s desk. In this fight, ISPs with millions of dollars to spend lost to the voice of the majority of Americans who support net neutrality. This is a victory that can be replicated.
ISPs like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast hated this bill. S.B. 822 bans blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization, classic ways that companies have violated net neutrality principles. It also incorporates much of what the FCC learned and incorporated into the 2015 Open Internet Order, preventing new assaults on the free and open Internet. This includes making sure companies can’t circumvent net neutrality at the point of interconnection within the state of California. It also prevents companies from using zero rating—the practice of not counting certain apps or services against a data limit—in a discriminatory way. That is to say that, say, there could be a plan where all media streaming services were zero-rated, but not one where just one was. One that had either paid for the privilege or one owned by the service provider. In that respect, it’s a practice much like discriminatory paid prioritization, where ISPs create fast lanes for those who can pay or for other companies they own.
gov2.0  politics  state  net_neutrality  EFF  california 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Win! Landmark Seventh Circuit Decision Says Fourth Amendment Applies to Smart Meter Data | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Seventh Circuit just handed down a landmark opinion, ruling 3-0 that the Fourth Amendment protects energy-consumption data collected by smart meters. Smart meters collect energy usage data at high frequencies—typically every 5, 15, or 30 minutes—and therefore know exactly how much electricity is being used, and when, in any given household. The court recognized that data from these devices reveals intimate details about what’s going on inside the home that would otherwise be unavailable to the government without a physical search. The court held that residents have a reasonable expectation of privacy in this data and that the government’s access of it constitutes a “search.”
privacy  gov2.0  legal  data  smart_home  EFF 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194

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