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All These Cyberattacks Could Have Been Stopped

Less than a month after much of the United States' digital arsenal was leaked, the vulnerabilities are resurfacing as malware. This could—and should—have been stopped. Starting Friday, a ransomware attack known as "WannaCry" has infected computers in over 99 countries, targeting both critical infrastructure and standard »

Signal is Not a Magic Solution to Privacy

Signal is considered the gold standard in mobile encrypted messaging by governments and dissidents alike. The app, which is completely open-source, allows its users to securely text, call, and videochat each other. Signal has become ubiquitous among privacy enthusiasts and journalists, and derives much of its popularity from its frequent »

Facebook Isn't Opt-In

For as long as I've known the internet, I've tried to restrain myself from creating a Facebook account. I was successful until recently, when I needed to make an account in order to run a Facebook ad. I avoided Facebook on principle: I did not want to contribute my information »

The Social Media Paradox

It is undeniable that social media has reshaped how we communicate with one another. It has allowed for friends living across the world from one another to remain in close touch, but there is little control as to who sees what, elevating even our most distant friends to social intimacy. »

Privacy in the Public Eye

According to a recent study by Pew Research, 86% of internet users have taken steps to preserve their online privacy. These steps range from using incognito mode for sensitive browsing (which has a minimal effect on one's "online footprint") to using the privacy-conscious but inconvenient Tor browser. According »

On the Patriot Act

In short, not so patriotic after all. In the aftermath of 9/11, the Patriot Act was passed. This bill, introduced on October 23rd 2001 and signed into law just three days later on October 6th, allowed for the violation of many Constitutional rights in the name of increased security. »

The Commoditization of Privacy

Privacy is no longer the inalienable right that it once was. Instead, it is now a currency. It is bought and sold, under-regulated, and invisible. "If you're not paying, you're the product." It's become clear that there are multiple sources of surveillance in the United States: the government, »

The Unintended Consequences of "Do Not Track"

The idea behind the Do Not Track request is simple: send a message to the websites you're visiting that you don't want to be tracked, and they will comply. In theory, this is much more effective than content blockers (such as Ghostery), because it is preventative as opposed to reactionary. »

I've got nothing to hide

I've got nothing to hide. I promise. If you were to release my hard drives, my passwords, and my texts to the world, the worst thing that could happen would be a bit of embarrassment over failed romantic pursuits and perhaps some regret that I wasn't more articulate in late »