Duck Duck Go

Privacy, Tech Tip
You're likelty using Google as your default search engine; and they're undoubtably good at search. The challenge to me is what are they doing with the information they receive, and that is what this article is about. In the last year I've started using DuckDuckGo as my search engine of choice. The main reason is their excellent privacy policy. You can read their one line of "DuckDuckGo does not collect or share personal information" which is something that Google, Bing, or no other search engine I'm aware of offers, and I suggest you read through their entire policy which explains why this is important. For the techies reading this, check out these enhanced techy search queries, and for the rest of you, check out their general enhanced goodies not to mention their handy…
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I’m showing your MAC with my Apple

News, Privacy
News broke yesterday that iPhones have been keeping user's travel patterns in both the iPhone, as well as the computer it is being backed up to. Thanks to Alasdair Allan (alasdair@babilim.co.uk @aallan) and Pete Warden (pete@petewarden.com @petewarden) for releasing this finding, they even released an open source app that can demonstrate these maps called the iPhone Tracker. Last night at Ideas - Victoria, my good friend Kevin McArthur (@kevinsmcarthur) started looking at the files that the iPhone left. We quickly realized that not only was his travel logged and can be mapped, we started seeing some other interesting tables. After a little more digging, we realized that his iPhone was also logging MAC addresses with latitude and longitude! This is what Google Streetview took all of the heat for in regards to privacy in many…
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Detect and block website trackers with Ghostery

Privacy, Tech Tip
For anyone that attended the Privacy and Security talk tonight at Social Media Club - Victoria, I mentioned a browser plugin that allows you to see who is tracking you on a given website, as well as the ability to block them. This browser based plugin is called Ghostery. They currently have a plugin for Firefox, Safari, Chrome or Internet Explorer. It's free, and open source! Download now.
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Your printer is giving you up!

Privacy
Did you know that most printer manufacturers have secretly ensured there are watermarks on everything you print? These are tiny tracking dots barely visible by the human eye that allow one determine which printer a given printed piece of paper came from! The Electronic Frontier Foundation has started a list of printers which do or do not display tracking dots. You should bookmark this URL, and make sure you give it another look over before your next printer purchase.
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