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A concise monthly privacy digest with experienced security insights.

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“Nor has he spent his life badly who has passed it in privacy.” ~Horace

Welcome to the February 2021 edition of the z3r0trust Privacy Newsletter. Please join me as I continue this lifelong journey down the digital privacy rabbit hole and I spread awareness along the way on how to maximize user privacy and security online.

There was an excellent article published in Wired’s Backchannel recently by Arthur Holland Michel that discussed how surveillance capitalism is ubiquitous now and how these CCTV surveillance camera systems are being integrated into Artificial Intelligence…


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Mad Max: Fury Road (Image credit: BusinessInsider)

In 2017, my wife and I bought a ranch-style house that was built in 1957 that sits directly off of a major Los Angeles county thoroughfare street. As a retired Marine, I used my Veterans Administration (VA) home loan to purchase our first home after honorably retiring from the Marines in 2015 after serving 20 years on active duty. Our street is only a 4-lane road, two lanes running North/South each, but it stays busy all day and night. “Welcome to homeownership in a metro,” I could imagine my neighbors saying.

The windows and insulation in the walls of our…


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“I think there should be regulations on social media to the degree that it negatively affects the public good.” Elon Musk

This article is best appreciated while listening to these songs: https://youtu.be/3o3fvFFMF1U | https://youtu.be/mVQpfoqsY8Q | https://youtu.be/TcR1ut6FKYc

Recently I arrived at the decision to delete my Twitter account after over three years of having one and nearly eight thousand followers. It was a decision that was not made lightly since I have invested a lot of myself in it. Perhaps too much investment, in fact, looking back. At times perhaps I was almost living existentially through my Twitter persona and…


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The privacy-themed DuckDuckGo internet search engine (credit DuckDuckGo.com)

“We all need places where we can go to explore without the judgmental eyes of other people being cast upon us, only in a realm where we’re not being watched can we really test the limits of who we want to be. It’s really in the private realm where dissent, creativity and personal exploration lie.” ~Glenn Greenwald in Huffington Post

With a swipe of your thumb or a click of a mouse, you open that internet browser on your computer or your mobile device and search for the information you’re looking for. But what happens to all of those searches…


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You’re being watched by mass surveillance — the Fourteen Eyes (image credit: PrivacyTools)

Global mass surveillance by governments is all the rage these days in case you’ve been living under a rock somewhere. You, being a private citizen “X” of country “Y” may not wish to be surveilled where and when you can prevent it by using “Z” privacy tool. Now, it’s important to first understand that there are certain aspects of using the internet that are beyond your control. There will be digital breadcrumbs that can be traced back to you, that’s almost guaranteed in all instances. …


Un conciso resumen semanal sobre privacidad, con información de un experto en ciberseguridad. Un agradecimiento especial a @151mp137471n por traducir del inglés al español.

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“La postura estándar de nuestros dispositivos y programas informáticos ha sido la de desparramar nuestros datos más sensibles delante de cualquiera que se preocupe de verlos.” — Cory Doctorow

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Es en enero de 2021 y, a pesar del simbolismo de los nuevos comienzos que llegan con cada año, en el mundo de la privacidad digital se siguen librando muchas de las mismas batallas en torno a la privacidad. Como siempre ha sucedido, los…


Un conciso resumen semanal sobre privacidad, con información de un experto en ciberseguridad. Un agradecimiento especial a @151mp137471n por traducir del inglés al español.

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“La postura estándar de nuestros dispositivos y programas informáticos ha sido la de desparramar nuestros datos más sensibles delante de cualquiera que se preocupara por verlos.” — Cory Doctorow

Esta semana en las noticias sobre privacidad digital, te contaré por qué ese televisor inteligente en realidad no es una buena compra en lo que respecta a tu privacidad y seguridad, que Microsoft 365 agregó características que permiten a los empleadores rastrear la productividad de sus empleados…


Un conciso resumen semanal sobre privacidad, con información de un experto en ciberseguridad. Un agradecimiento especial a @151mp137471n por traducir del inglés al español.

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crédito: NPR

“El Tribunal Supremo debe anular el programa ilegal de espionaje del gobierno ya que constituye una violación de nuestro derecho a la privacidad según la Cuarta Enmienda”. −Rand Paul

Esta semana en las noticias de privacidad digital, te contaré por qué tener un teléfono móvil sigue siendo una amenaza masiva a tu privacidad. Además, veremos varias novedades sobre fallas en la privacidad de las aplicaciones, y la guerra por la privacidad entre los navegadores de internet.

Privacidad de las Apps


A concise monthly privacy digest with experienced security insights. This article is also available in Spanish here.

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“The default posture of our devices and software has been to haemorrhage our most sensitive data for anyone who cared to eavesdrop upon them.” — Cory Doctorow

Happy New Year! It’s January 2021 and despite the symbolism of new beginnings that come with each new year, in the world of digital privacy, we’re still dealing with many of the same battles being fought around privacy. As it has always been, those in power or rather those with the money who influence those who…


Un agradecimiento especial a @151mp137471n por traducir del inglés al español

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Tu información biométrica no está a salvo; crédito: GovernmentCIO Media

“Si se prohibe la privacidad, sólo los criminales tendrán acceso a ella. En ningún momento del siglo pasado la desconfianza pública hacia el gobierno ha estado tan extensamente distribuida a través del espectro político como hoy en día.” — Philip Zimmermann, creador de Pretty Good Privacy (PGP)

Bienvenidos de nuevo a la edición semanal del Boletín de Privacidad de z3r0trust. Permítanme preparar el escenario de esta edición poniéndola un poco en el contexto del marco temporal. El mundo ha estado lidiando con la pandemia del Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) durante la…

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