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Why Edward Snowden Is The Greatest Snitch Of All Time

Remember what they said in school? “Nobody likes a tattletale.” This old adage is especially true for the U.S. government who depends on secrecy to operate. Things just work a whole lot better when everyone knows exactly what they should, and no one asks any difficult questions. The government claims to protect its citizens—and sometimes

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How The Great Firewall Of China Made An Enemy Of The Internet

The truth is not always popular, especially in countries where watered-down reality and propaganda are the diet of choice. Once people have information, they have power—to think, to speak, to act—and this can be a real problem for governments who fear political and cultural destabilization. So you can imagine how the internet, aglow with knowledge,

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Is The Department Of Labor Exposing Your Employee Benefits To Attack?

In the U.S. and Canada, the first Monday of September is dedicated to Labor Day, a public holiday established to honor the social and economic achievements of hard working Americans throughout history. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the event recognizes how the average employee has directly contributed to the current strength and prosperity

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You Need To Discover The Joy Of An Encrypted Message

With the intense level of “following,” monitoring, tracking, and general oversharing going on these days, it’s easy to forget some people in the world still care about privacy. But as people and businesses continue to shake off old perceptions of security and embrace more online protections, encrypted email services are becoming increasingly attractive. With ongoing

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How The Youngest Hacker In The World Exposed Microsoft At Just Five

Typically, children at five-years-old are in the throes of developing greater independence, self-control, and creativity, not to mention they are beginning to concentrate more readily on the various tasks and toys they see in front of them. Most kids at this age enjoy singing, rhyming, imaginary play, and other silly, energetic pursuits older parents might call

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Why Mixing Your Cryptocurrency Is Still The Best Shot At Privacy

Let’s face it, finding online anonymity these days is hard—really, it’s impossible. And finding someone you can trust? Even harder. In this new era, where the threat of an imminent attack is always present, it has become increasingly important to protect your most valuable assets—namely, money and information. This is particularly true in the world

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The Risk Of Online Surfing Without A VPN Will Blow Your Mind

Regardless of your online prowess—or lack thereof—understanding the need for personal protection is almost instinctual. It doesn’t take much to know you need warm clothes to protect yourself from the elements and a seatbelt to protect yourself from injury. These, among thousands of other measures, are simple ways we keep ourselves safe in the real

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White House Now On Red Alert In The Wake Of Russia’s Attack

Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats revealed in a recent threat update issued by the American Intelligence Community (IC) that the U.S. government has launched several investigations looking into the cyber-warfare tactics deployed by foreign states. In a speech addressed to the Hudson Institute, Coats spoke about Russian involvement in recent attacks and labeled the country

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Welcome To The Beauty And Horror Of The Dark Web

Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of the internet is not visible to the average user. In fact, regular online surfers are only seeing about four percent of what’s really there. So, where’s the rest? According to that statistic, approximately 96% of the world’s biggest public network sits in relative darkness and can only

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This Is What Happens When Your Boss Is Really A Russian Scammer

The Russian anti-malware firm, Kaspersky, has recently found a spear phishing scam affecting “email and other electronic communications targeted at specific individuals, organizations, or businesses.” These exploits are specifically designed to steal information for malicious purposes by installing secret malware on unsuspecting systems. And the kicker is, they do it by posing as your boss.

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