Secure Cloud Storage – Mission Impossible?

 Can you keep your stuff secure in the cloud?  When Google, Microsoft and other cloud providers, not to mention the NSA and GCHQ, can scan through your uploaded files, what price your privacy? The power of Google was demonstrated when I uploaded to YouTube a video of an interview with Edward Snowden by the German television station ARD.  Within seconds of the upload, Google blocked the video, because of ARD’s copyright.  Maybe that was justifiable, maybe not (you can’t even pay to see the video legally, although you can in fact view it at  But clearly the scanning technology … Continue reading

Tails – The Secret Agent’s IT Toolkit

Are you a spy? An investigative journalist? A political dissident? A reforming activist? Someone living under a repressive regime where saying, writing, or surfing the wrong thing is likely to land you in jail (think China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, even at times the UK or the USA)? Or just someone who would really rather not have the government, Google, or the cyber-criminal fraternity rifling through your private communications? Then you need TAILS. TAILS is The Amnesic Incognito Live System; you can’t get much more anonymous than an incognito amnesiac. On one flash drive, it contains everything you need to surf … Continue reading