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Tor Browser 8.0.9

Changelog:
Tor Browser 8.0.9 — May 7 2019

  • All platforms
    • Update Torbutton to 2.0.13
      • Bug 30388: Make sure the updated intermediate certificate keeps working
    • Backport fixes for bug 1549010 and bug 1549061
      • Bug 30388: Make sure the updated intermediate certificate keeps working
    • Update NoScript to 10.6.1
      • Bug 29872: XSS popup with DuckDuckGo search on about:tor

For the most up-to-date information about this release, visit blog.torproject.org/new-release-tor-browser-809.

Our recommendation is that you upgrade now!

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Russia is the most cyber-attacked country according Kaspersky

https://cybermap.kaspersky.com/

Accoding cybermap.kaspersky.com Russia is the most cyber-attacked country in the world. Kaspersky’s sources are mentioned on their site.

Think twice!

As usual we highly recommend everyone to think twice before believing this information. Even if Kaspersky Lab is not controlled from the Kremlin, one can imagine that Kaspersky or its owner will gain benefits by acting in a special way. In other words it’s time to be sceptic as we don’t know why they claim Russia to be the most cyber-attacked country in the world.

Think twice because it’s about Russia?

No! Of course you should be equally sceptic about statements made by US companies. Or Chinese companies. You should also be sceptic even if Kaspersky was a Swiss or Norwegian company claiming that Switzerland or Norway was the #1 cyber-attacked country.

With above said, we can’t forget that eastern part of Ukraine is occupied by Russia, not by the governments in Bern or Oslo. If Kaspersky gain benefits for their statements we remind you that benefits are given by one LGBTQ hostile government!

Believe those you trust!

Another example about think twice is when Mr Edward Snowden’s endorsement of the Signal messaging app. Signal could be as good as Mr Snowden claims, but don’t forget how is his host.

Try to find multiple sources before you decide what you think is true!

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UK train passengers offered smart tickets

According BBC more UK train passengers will have the option to use paperless tickets.

From a privacy perspective it is very important you can buy these tickets using cash and without any registration needed. If not, please remember that information being stored not only can but for sure will be hacked.

There is no reason for a public transportation company to know who is traveling, the only thing you have to prove is that your ticket is paid.

In case you say something like I have nothing to hide and therefore accept being registered, please remember that history will repeat. Who could in the 1880’s imagine what would happen in Germany 50 years later. Who could think that it would be life-threatening to say that you were Jewish?

Please remember that privacy and integrity is a human right according UN!

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Best VPN?

Mullvad Logo

We’ve just found another web site putting a Best VPN 2019 label on a VPN service. The new thing about this site is that they even mention “Best alternatives to Mullvad VPN”.

Affiliate Programs

When you visit one of all those sites giving you recommendations what VPN service to use, please take into consideration why the site recommends either this or that service.

Many VPN services offer so called Affiliate Programs meaning they give a kick-back to companies selling their services.

Money talks?

Could it be so that money talks when a site gives a recommendation? We expect that it’s technical and integrity aspects but we can’t be sure, can we?

News sites

Even serious(?) news sites use those Best VPN sites when they publish articles about what VPN service to use.

Mullvad

We strongly recommend Mullvad VPN. On their site they publish their privacy policy.

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Is it over with satire now?

Perhaps you have heard that the EU decision on Article 11 and Article 13 means that the satire on the Internet is over.

We have higher thoughts about internet users. The filters that Google, Facebook and other actors will be forced to use will of course be circumvented.

Imagine what good it would be if the EU did not have agree to the two articles, but at the same time you have to respect those who want to publish their works with copyright instead of making them freely available to everyone to use. No, Article 11 and Article 13 is not the optimal for the free speech.

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Mark Zuckerberg asks for new rules

In The Washington Post Mark Zuckerberg says that Internet needs new regulation in four areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability.

…effective privacy and data protection needs a globally harmonized framework.

Mark Zuckerbeg

Mr Zuckerberg also say that “it would be good for the Internet if more countries adopted regulation such as GDPR as a common framework”. We agree to this.

What also is very important is that governmental agencies shouldn’t be allowed to force companies to store information about their citizens. We understand that information, including meta data, about individuals in some cases are important for agencies to have access to, but as per now companies in many countries have to store data in case the agencies later would need it.

We ask for rules that makes is mandatory for telephone operators, ISP:s etc to immediately start collecting information about a specific phone number or IP address after a court order. Until the police and other agencies have a court order, the rest of us should be treated as innocent!