Sunday, March 23, 2014

exploring the darknet and more

darknet (or 'privacy network') systems:
To get you started, here is the link for the Hidden Wiki. This is where most people start their journey.


Namecoin is creating a higher quality 'darknet' which cannot be censored, through the power of virtual currency. .bit web surfer for google chrome

dot-bit-proxy-extension for google chrome

There is a lot of confusion in the media about this topic. Firstly, the darknet is sometimes confused with the deep web. The deep web refers to all parts of the internet which cannot be indexed by search engines, and so can't be found using Google searches. Expert estimates suggests that this deep web is hundreds of times larger than the 'surface web' (i.e. the internet you can get to from Google), leading to a certain amount of hysteria in some quarters. In fact the deep web includes large databases, libraries and members only websites which are not available to the general public. Most of the deep web is composed of academic resources maintained by universities, and contains nothing sinister whatsoever. Alternative search engines are available which are able to access parts of the deep web. One example of this which is aimed at the academic community is

Disconnect: open source extension makes the web more private, secure, faster

>> 51 free tools to stay invisible on the internet

IRC (internet relay chat) - a tool to connect you with people on the internet

Resources: 01, 02

Monday, March 10, 2014

android privacy options

cyanogenmod with privacy guard - Granular control over permissions for each app with a simplified control interface

or openpdroid, or both. the cool thing about openpdroid is that you can spoof location requests too. also, i don't think any other privacy app allows you to block requests to sim and imei info

I believe XPrivacy looks more promising than OpenPDroid. First of all Xposed Framework feels easier to integrate - no need to mess with full-fledged ROM embedding, just light patch to the Dalvik and reboot.

Info originally from this article

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Stream Media to ChromeCast

Push content from your mobile to your tv with $35 ChromecastRight now, you can only stream Web-based media content, but that may change soon? And as of yet, there is no XBMC hack either...

So do take a look at the Roku or other Android TV sticks that basically let you add the Android OS and all its functionality to your TV via an HDMI port. Such devices include the Mini iMito MX1, Favi SmartStick, and Plair 2.  

>> ChromeCast - supported media file types
>> iPhone app for ChromeCast
>> Android to ChromeCast
>> reddit community discussion on ChromeCast, and another
>> AVS ChromeCast forum
>> XDA community discussion
>> XBMC forum on ChromeCast

For more advanced users:

>> Plex to ChromeCast
>> FlashCast for ChromeCast
>> Local Media Playback for ChromeCast (via any OS? computer)
>> ChromeCast emulation app
>> Turn Your PC Into A ChromeCast With Leapcast
>> Google ChromeCast on OSX without a Chromecast Device
>> RemoteCast beta for Android
>> BubbleUPnP
>> BubbleUPnP playing XBMC video to ChromeCast
>> ChromeCast: Cast movies from your Desktop Computer
>> Google Cast (chrome extension)
>> ChromeCast photos - chrome extension
>> QuikIO HD (acquired by yahoo)
>> QuickIO on iTunes
Use your ChromeCast with Gallery, Dropbox, Google Drive?

>> More information may be found in this article

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

security, privacy and more

If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear. I used to think the same thing. However, it is not explained away so easily... You have no idea if you have something to fear or not, because you do not know what the government does with the data it collects. And how exactly it can use it against you - or to threaten you. And, if they can get this data - so can hackers. So why not try to protect/encrypt what you can? 

Im not asking you to act or be paranoid, but to try to be more knowledgeable about the subject.

Privacy Is Not Secrecy; Debunking The 'If You've Got Nothing To Hide...' Argument
>> 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06

Google is able to provide free services such as google voice, gmail, google docs - by having access to your data, and using it. Microsoft, Yahoo, and others probably do as well. Would you pay for these services - if they were not looked at by corporations?

Do you want to see some of the basic data you are currently sharing?

>> Orweb for Android
>> Snowbunny for iOS
>> browzar for Windows
Start using the https extension when you visit any website. Whether you are using your desktop or mobile device. Even if you dont install the extension, you can add it to the URL you are visiting manually.

Block Ads, Scripts, and Popups with AdBlock Plus (Firefox/Chrome extension).

>> More browser extensions that can protect you
>> More advanced info
>> More browser security information

If you have the option of 2 step verification, you should implement it. Google, facebook, microsoft, and others are using it - and you should too. There is also multi-factor verification, but few are using it at this time.

Use this for web searches:

>> Article: Free texting app has military-grade encryption, messages self-destruct
>> MyWICKR app for android / iphone
encrypted sms
encrypted chat


encrypted mobile calls

>> Article: The dangers of public wifi

>> Cloudfogger - Free File Encryption for Dropbox and the Cloud

- Don’t use pop or telnet
- If you can : Use a VPN connection
- Always activate your personal firewall

This is from a videogame, but it may give a glimpse into the future:

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

more info on LiteCoin, NameCoin, PeerCoin

First of all, no matter what you read, I have not found a way to purchase any of these ALT Currencies directly with a credit card. At the bare minimum, you have to be verified, which means a high resolution passport or drivers license image, and some form of address verification. The whole process is quite frustrating and not easy to understand. All of the websites that Ive used so far do not provide a clear explanation of how to use their websites.

Crypto-Currency Market Capitalizations (charts for many of the ALT currencies)

this looks like a chart showing countries that own bitcoin

'Litecoin Is Silver To Bitcoin's Gold' — Here's What That Actually Means

Ex-Googler Gives the World a Better Bitcoin

reddit litecoin

reddit namecoin

reddit ppcoin or peercoin

where to buy litecoins?

lots of things to look at here

New Finance Weekly: Litecoin & Bitcoin, Ripple Wallet, and Coinbase

5 Best Bitcoin & Litecoin Websites: to Buy, Trade, or Learn

Nationwide Comcast test/trial 300GB cap with additional charges.

So we got the letter in the mail at my house yesterday. Sure they say that they are testing it, but it does give an idea of what the future holds (pay per use). And with the way things are moving (into the cloud) - the more data that users puts into a cloud service, the more they may end up paying to back-up, sync and restore it.

The cap is more likely about them losing revenue from their cable T.V. service because people are cutting the cord and streaming video through the internet instead...

However, downloading video from Comcast over its new Xfinity On Demand service for the Xbox 360? Exempt.

Why Comcast really cares about data caps and tiered plans

Implications of Comcast’s 300GB monthly broadband cap

Monday, November 25, 2013

P2P currency exchanges / market

Ripple allows anyone to make currency trades directly without requiring brokers or centralized Forex markets. Any Ripple user — a professional currency trader, someone looking to diversify their currency holdings, or a traveler preparing for a vacation abroad — can submit a currency trade order to the Ripple network. The Ripple protocol automatically searches the network, finds the best available matching order, and completes the trade. No brokers or central exchanges are required. There are no broker fees or trade delays. Ripple allows real-time, direct, P2P currency exchanges on a global network.
$1000 daily limit, 2-3 business days interaction btwn ACH banks
Is there a snapswap/ripple mobile app?