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For Companies Like Facebook and Google and others you are not their customers.

You Are Their Product.

How To Protect Your Personal Data.

Recent stories regarding the use of people’s Facebook data and it’s use by Cambridge Analytica/Trump campaign has many thinking about their privacy.
A good rule of thumb : if massive corporations offer their services are free, they must be making money in some fashion. Often this is through using your data to gain advertising customers.
A few easy steps can greatly improve your online privacy, and keep the amount of data these companies are collecting from you to a minimum.
First and foremost, keep your software up to date. Whether using a Mac or PC, when you get alerts for software updates, do them. If running an outdated version of Windows or macOS, consider upgrading if possible.
Unless you have compelling reasons not to, if you’re using a PC and haven’t upgraded to Windows 10, you should. It’s a change, but the newer security features (particularly in Windows Defender) are worth the learning curve.
Same applies to macOS. The current version of Safari added intelligent tracking prevention, designed to prevent companies from tracking your online behavior.
Most browsers offer some form of extensions or add-ons. Many of these can be useful. Ghostery, NoScript, and others are designed to allow you to see/block tracking that sites are attempting to carry out.
As an alternative to Google, consider using @DuckDuckGo for searching. Same functionality without the privacy concerns.
Same thing applies to email. Many people’s personal needs can be covered with a free @ProtonMail account, and their plans are affordable if you need additional features.
Use a VPN. There are free ones out there, but typically your paid options are going to give a better degree of privacy. @ExpressVPN is affordable and very easy to setup and use.
If you want to use social media, familiarize yourself with the privacy settings, and read the privacy statements so you know precisely what the company is allowed to do with that data, and what third parties can do as well.
Companies aren’t charities. They’re making money from something, and if you’re not paying them you’re not their customer. At best you’re a user, at worst you’re the product. Keep this in mind when deciding what data you trust these companies with.
If you are interested in our online security thread it is here.

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Aug 21, 2018

So Russia has reportedly moved on from Hacking our Election Infrastructure. Moving on to other things. Don’t believe it. They are everywhere in our Election System. They know the importance of the Midterms.

And Now This!

Parts of an operation linked to Russian military intelligence targeting the US Senate and conservative think tanks were thwarted last week. The domains were associated with the Russian government and known as Strontium, or alternatively Fancy Bear or APT28
"Hackers could have used the domains to send emails to Senate staffers or people working for the Hudson Institute or the International Republican Institute in an attempt to trick them into handing over information, like their passwords."
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If this stands we need to start a major effort to provide transportation in this county. We will need drivers, volunteers and people to help distribute notices and spread the word.
This is also what we should be doing in any heavily Gerrymandered area where there is a difficulty with people traveling the long distance to their polling places.
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More than 250 Trump Organization Subdomains are in Communication with Computers in Russia!!

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Remote Access Software used by ES&S Voting. They finally tell the truth. At least some of it. Thank you to @KimZetter for pursuing her initial story from February. I am afraid we are missing the bigger point here.

States have given over their Election Systems to a myriad of Private Companies. The States in many cases have absolutely no idea what is happening with their Elections.
Ask yourself why did the States notified over a year after the 2016 Election not know that they were being targeted by Russia? How is that possible? What does that mean for the possibility of having a free and fair Election?
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Jul 15, 2018

Michigan, ES&S and the Voting Machines that couldn’t count!!

Why are States Buying and Using Machines that don’t pass testing?

It is infuriating!!

All along there have been problems with electronic voting. Again and again election officials and observers have spoken up, only to be ignored.
In 2008 an election official in Oakland County Michigan noticed something alarming.with ES&S optical scan machines. Here is the story.
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We are going to be dropping a ton of research on exactly this. Why do States willfully do this. Would a state actually know if something went bad ? Let's talk more about Spearphishing.
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