By Patrick | August 23, 2012
In this video, 3 former NSA employee’s describe exactly what kind of power the NSA has, and what they are collecting on everyone. They also briefly discuss the new NSA data center in Utah and it’s capabilities.
See the full article here @ Current.com
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By Patrick | June 11, 2009
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By Patrick | June 10, 2009
I’ve been asked by a couple people when would this site/blog get updated again. That’s a good question. I had mainly quit updating this site due to the simple fact that I wasn’t building a readership for any other topics other than my discussion on Anonymous Credit Cards.
Also, I hadn’t decided what direction I wanted to take this blog. Was it going to be just privacy from 3rd parties and commercial entities? Or was it privacy from oppressive governments? Was I just contributing to providing resources for illegitimate gain and use? Or by shedding light on ways to remain private and anonymous, would these useful methods soon be eliminated or disallowed? Would these legal “loopholes” be closed by more attention being drawn to them?
Finally, the answer came to me. This is The Privacy Guy blog. The blog should cover all topics of privacy. Why pigeonhole it into one niche area? Having said that, I’m going to try and put together some ideas and topics to cover in the coming weeks. I have no doubt that the anonymous credit card topic will remain the most popular, however, I’m hoping the new content will be intriguing and useful. So, until next time, stay low.
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By Patrick | February 16, 2009
In case you haven’t heard, Facebook has changed their Terms of Service ever so quietly. On February 4th, Facebook announced a change of their TOS on their corporate blog, but no where else. Until today, no one had really paid any attention, or even known for that matter about the new TOS. That is, until Chris Walters over at The Consumerist broke the story Facebook’s New Terms Of Service: “We Can Do Anything We Want With Your Content. Forever.”мебели пловдивbackgammon free casino money free craps game play free black jack craps video poker strategy play black jack online how to win video poker casino game online uk best casino online casino secure online gambling jackpot casino online casino black jack learn to play craps how to win at video poker craps online blackjack casino game online casino betting free on line video poker casino games no download casino online gambling casino play free casino slots video poker machine bonus video poker free on line slots double bonus video poker free video poker games free casinos roulette online craps rules free on line casino rules of craps online casino free money blackjack 21 internet casino how to play craps free casino game download fortunelounge online casino free casino download free casino card game free roulette gamemach zehnder modulator free casino play no deposit free money casino internet casino online
While Facebook has released a couple statements detailing the what’s and why’s of this change, and frantically insisting that your privacy still supercedes all, I just don’t buy it. Looking back to a previous post I had written, Facebook and the Government, we are reminded of the possible government tie-ins that Facebook has. Plus, since this change was made without any notification whatsoever, what’s to keep them from changing it again with even more restrictive or invasive language? Granted, after this last change I’m sure people will be on the Facebook TOS like hawks. At least until they get complacent.
This also serves as a good reminder to all of us to be careful about what we put online. Do we really need a Facebook account? Isn’t an email or a phone call still sufficient? I’ll admit for a while I’ve let my privacy-paranoia mindset take a back seat. I’ve gotten lazy. I’ve said “It’s just so convenient having a Facebook page, or a Linkedin page, etc.” Now I’m reevaluating all of my online presence offerings.
Whether or not you were pleased with the 2008 elections, you have to agree that regardless of the party in office, government wants information, and more specifically your information. They can deny it all they want, but information and knowledge is power and Facebook is a gold mine of both. 1984 here we come.
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By Patrick | December 15, 2008
I recently found out about the Open Security Foundation and their Data Loss Database.
The OSF Data Loss Database offers a number of reports detailing things like the latest data loss incidents and the most discussed data loss incidents. My favorite offering of this website is the RSS feed of latest data loss incidents: OSF Data Loss Database – Latest Incidents
The OSF DLD also has an interface on their website that allows you to drill down and see occurrences of data loss by data type (SSN, medical, financial), Sectors (Business, Education, etc) or Source of the loss (Outside, Inside Accidental, Inside Intentional).
This website not only keeps you up to date of the latest incidents, but it also serves as a reminder of why we should always be mindful when and where we give out personally identifiable information.
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By Patrick | July 4, 2008
“The University of Florida is sending letters to more than 11,000 current and former students to notify them that their Social Security numbers, names and addresses were accidentally posted online.”
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By Patrick | December 30, 2007
PLEASE READ – UPDATE – July 6th, 2008: This post has been merged into a page. Please go here for the full information: http://www.theprivacyguy.com/anonymous-credit-debit-cards
So here’s the list of Prepaid Credit Cards I will be investigating and detailing the conditions and requirements:
- Vanilla Visa
- All-Access Gift Card
- Simon Gift Card
If anyone can think of anymore I should review, please let me know. Reviews on the above cards coming in January. I’m afraid however the news won’t be good. Most cards all appear to be checking for SSN’s and verifying them due to the Patriot Act.
I’ll keep you posted.
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By Patrick | October 10, 2007
Many of you already know that I am an avid reader and supporter of Michael Hampton’s Homeland Stupidity. I’ve used his blog entries in my own posts in the past and I’ve come across another article I want to share. “How to stay out of government databases” is a neat article that Michael wrote back in July of 2007. It’s kind of a brief, high level HOWTO with some suggestions and ideas on how to stay low and off the governmental radar per se.
You may find many of Michael’s suggestions can’t be implemented in your own personal life without significant lifestyle changes, but don’t be discouraged just yet. This article can serve more as a general guide and as a good reminder of how we need to change our thinking and question every time someone – commercial or government – asks for information from us. No matter how small or unimportant a certain tidbit of information may seem to be at the time, you can be assured that it is being requested for a reason. A reason that may or may not be supported by legitimate necessity.
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By Patrick | September 27, 2007
For those of you who might have missed the announcement (like my wife), Facebook has opened up their site to external search engines like Google and Yahoo earlier this month. What does this mean to you? Not a whole lot except now when someone types in your name to a search engine, they might be able to find your Facebook profile. However, they will only see a limited public profile like the one below.
There is no immediate cause for concern as there won’t be a huge amount of information available. However, for me personally, I don’t want any part of my Facebook profile indexed. So to ensure that your profile does not become available to the major search engines you can disable that feature by going to the Search Privacy page in your Facebook profile.
For more detailed instructions check out this blog posting from Of Zen and Computing.
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By Patrick | September 14, 2007
Word coming out a couple hours ago on the AP Newswire (via MSNBC) that TD Ameritrade has been hacked and information has been compromised.
Information such as email addresses, names, addresses and phone numbers was retrieved from this database and affects TD AMERITRADE retail and institutional clients.
Client assets held in accounts with the Company remain secure as UserIDs, personal identification numbers and passwords were not stored in this particular database.
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