The internet really doesn’t want you to be untraceable

Right after I started using a VPN for all my internet traffic, so that I could remain anonymous in my browsing habits, I started having technical troubles. It started with Amazon. I don’t shop Amazon all that much (I think … Read MoreRead More


Online trust, or How to figure out your biggest threats online

Greetings from Seattle, Washington! Actually, hello from Charlotte, North Carolina! On second thought, salutations from somewhere in Azerbaijan! It’s fun to be anywhere at the click of a button. By this I mean, anywhere as far as my computer traffic … Read MoreRead More

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How I tried to buy something totally anonymously online

My experiences with trying to buy something online without revealing anything about my identity, and why this is so difficult. (I talk about using products or services, but I received no commission for this. I do not do affiliate marketing. … Read MoreRead More

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Why it’s so hard to buy online and maintain any privacy

In a perfect world, no one would have any right to know what I buy, where I go, and what I do unless I gave them that access. This seems rather quaint now. Today, everything you do is scrutinized, advertised, … Read MoreRead More

3 reasons to get a post office box

  I visited Portland for the summer before I moved there. While I was there, I signed up for a post office (PO) box for getting mail. My thinking was that it would be nice (and possibly advantageous) to jumpstart … Read MoreRead More

Why you never have to give out your email address to get online

  Don’t you hate it when you can’t get online unless input your email address? How frustrating. Well I say, the hell with them. I’m talking about WiFi captive portals. These are the screens that show up when you first … Read MoreRead More

Why you have something to hide online

  Google’s Eric Schmidt famously said that “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” I get writer’s block thinking about all the ways that this statement … Read MoreRead More

The four questions to ask yourself before posting anything online

  Hi everyone. Read about any compromising pictures of famous people being leaked online lately? Pardon me while I bang my head against the wall. I’m not sure if I’m more angry at some people or mortified for others. I … Read MoreRead More