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Blackhat EU: Breaking Big Data by https://is.gd/fvOE3d

David Venable spent time as an employee of the National Security Agency”Privacy as we know it is dead”, said David Venable of Masergy Communications, as he began his talk, Breaking Big Data: Evading Analysis of the Metadata of Your Life at BlackHat Europe 2016.

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Tor Users Might Soon Have a Way to Avoid Those Annoying CAPTCHAs by Joshua Kopstein via vice_motherboard_logo

“…a new repository on CloudFlare’s Github page shows that the company is developing an alternative method for anonymous users to access sites without having to repeatedly solve annoying CAPTCHA puzzles—something privacy advocates will likely see as a step in the right direction….”

“In essence, the protocol allows a user to solve a single CAPTCHA and in return learn a specified number of tokens that are blindly signed that can be used for redemption instead of witnessing CAPTCHA challenges in the future,”

 

 

Test your VPN through Terminal – Linux Tips

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Do you use a VPN to connect to Internet and increase your privacy? If you are one of the many you would be sure that the VPN you are paying is really working properly.

You can always use, via browser, one of those dedicated websites that check your Ip and, in some cases, test the real effectiveness of VPN and/or use Terminal.

But, for my experience, if you prefer to test your public IP without using the Terminal, the best tutorial for this specific task has been published by http://www.tecadmin.net.

Get Public IP using Linux Terminal

Recommended!… if you are looking for an extra test that you can manage directly from Terminal.

3 Good Reasons to persist in using Google ncr = no country redirect

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Since some weeks ago, I used:

http://google.com/ncr

for my web search and I was able to open the main Google Homepage without to be redirected to any local Goole site.

What I usually obtained was:

1 – less “personalized” search results: the algorithm will be not “contaminated” by my local IP and I will able to find information “cleaned” by local trends;

2 – the possibility to use the “same” Google even when I am abroad;

3 – the security that my searches were always up-to-date respect the global actual trends. For my experience when I search some particular topics as “marketing” I obtain, in the first Google page, fresh news only using Google in its NCR version. If I try to use my local Google homepage I have to spend more time setting the Google’s “advanced search” or trying to understand what information are “really” fresh new.

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I found the right solution when I visited ycombinator.com and I found the post created by newman314 that submitted a link that combined NCR and SSL protocol (for a little bit of more privacy).

https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=test&qscrl=1&n…

https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=test&qscrl=1&ncr=1

Where the word “test” is what I am looking for.

Then I also found a faster solution by dragop:

http://www.google.com/?gfe_rd=cr&gws_rd=cr

and, in the same webpage, a shorter version from 3dfan:

http://www.google.com/?gws_rd=cr

On my side I prefer to use this other URL that gives me the same results through an SSL connection:

https://encrypted.google.com

To be sure that the results were really the same and not simply related with the English language and influenced by the IP, I tested this URL comparing them from what I obtained from the above mentioned:

http://www.google.com/?gws_rd=cr

I discovered that what I “received” using encrypted.google.com are really the same links and they are not just the standard local results in the English language.

I know that cookies will not allow me to have real “septic” results but this is the first step to a less passive use of Google search because I would like to be a more active user and not just a passive customer pampered by Google.

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What Do Star Wars and Recent Data Breaches Teach Us About Cyber Ethics?