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André Bacard's Privacy Page
Ukrainian Translation at:
"We are frisking each other.
Picture yourself going to work tomorrow,
handing over blood and urine samples,
taking a quick turn with the house polygraph,
turning out your pockets and walking through some new fluoroscope.
You object? Whatsamatter, you got something to hide?"
-- William SAFIRE, NEW YORK TIMES
Computer Privacy Handbook is a must read to save
-- G. Gordon LIDDY
Radio Talk Show Host
Organizer, Watergate Burglaries (1972)
People, Software & Ideas to Protect
Your Computer, Financial, Internet & Political Privacy
|Who Is This?|
Article in Playboy Magazine
published an interview with André Bacard, which you can read at
The Computers Have Eyes.
YOUR Privacy Under Attack
The bad news...
YOUR privacy, YOUR hide, is under attack from
multiple directions. Big Brother (and many Internet users) can easily search
and monitor your personal and political postings. Websites can deliver
spyware, key loggers and other (secret) programs into your computer.
Your e-mail, medical, financial and telephone records (plus much more!)
can be available to criminals, snoops, and/or Big Brother for a cheap price!
My friends, this is not science fiction. This is not paranoia. This is business-as-usual
in our Computer Surveillance Age. YOUR "secrets" have become economic commodities traded
by Big Business & Big Government in the name of Orwellian "Free Speech", "Free Markets"
and "Freedom from Terror"! I visit many universities (bastions of so-called "free inquiry"!)
which use keyloggers (software or keyboards which record every keystroke you type) plus
cameras to link your face with your passwords, bank accounts and email exchanges. Hollywood
films, such as Sandra Bullock's
The Net and
Will Smith and Gene Hackman's
Enemy of the State
capture the flavor of this escalating threat against Democracy and Human Rights.
The good news... Since this F.A.Q. started, circa 1994, public consciousness about privacy
and surveillance has increased vastly. If you are awake, you are not alone. The Founders
of the United States and the United Nations are on our side!
Amendments 9 and 10 of The United States Bill Of Rights
protect the right to be free of unwarranted and unwanted
government intrusion into one's personal and private affairs,
papers, and possessions.
Article 12 of The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human
Rights states, "No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference
with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks
upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the
protection of the law against such interference or attacks."
1. Practical Privacy FAQs ("Frequently Asked Questions"):
2. Practical Pro-Privacy People and Software:
This sections offers you places to investigate in search of
private e-mail, internet surfing and computer data. Being a thinking
person, I cannot agree with everything you'll discover below. As a
fellow thinker, you might already know that clever criminals and
voyeurs set up "honeypots". These websites pretend to provide
"anonymous proxies" or "secure email". In reality, they steal
passwords, credit card numbers, etc.
Please send me your updates, recommendations and feedback. I'm available at
Contact André Bacard and
André Bacard's "Facts, Fables & Foibles".
Let the Buyer Beware!
(L'Acheteur Prennent Garde!)
Before going further, I should say that my personal computers use the open-source
Ubuntu Linux operating system. I do
use proprietary software. If you value practical computer freedom, I urge you
to study and support Richard Stallman's
Free Software Foundation,
based in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Ad-Aware from LavaSoft
helps detect and remove spyware from your hard-drive.
- The Anonymizer provides various
anonymous surfing and internet services.
- Anonymouse.org allows
you to surf anonymously. It also supplies AnonEmail. You can send emails without your
email address or any information about your identity.
- CookieCentral explains
- CyberRights offers secure email.
|Electronic Frontier Foundation|
- Electronic Frontier Foundation,
founded by Mitchell Kapor and John Perry Barlow, is a membership
organization that is very active in cyberspace. EFF, which is
physically based in San Francisco, operates an outstanding privacy
archive. I've attended many of EFF's events. Mitch Kapor wrote the
Introduction to my book.
- Electronic Privacy Information Center ,
based in Washington, D.C., does a great job monitoring and fighting for
privacy legislation. To keep updated on current battles, you can sign-up
for E.P.I.C.'s online newsletter.
- Escape Artist is a great resource
for persons whose minds go beyond international borders. In particular, search their
sections on "maildrops" and "virtual offices".
- Hushmail provides secure web-based
email and the "Human Authenticator" spam filter. If you have Java active/installed on
your computer, you can get even greater security by selecting
ENABLE JAVA when you open your free-of-charge
Hushmail account. If you have a Hushmail account and email my Hushmail account, your
message can be encrypted from inside your computer until it is inside my computer.
I've enjoyed Hushmail since it was founded.
- IdentityTheft.Org provides
valuable information about how to protect your identity and, if you
are already a victim, what to do next. I've referred many persons to them.
- IDZAP can help you search the Web
without leaving information about yourself to marketers and snoops.
- Mail Drop Guide lists thousands of
mail forwarding services around the globe.
- MuteMail offers secure email.
- OpenSSH offers software to encrypt all
traffic in/out of your computer.
- Opt Out at Steve Gibson's site helps detect and
remove Spyware from your hard-drive. Steve is an Internet treasure.
- Paladin Press, based in
Boulder, Colorado, publishes nitty-gritty privacy and surveillance books.
Paladin has been called "the most dangerous press" in America. More
dangerous than mainstream television and film, which glamorize violence
and cultivate couch potatoes? Judge for yourself.
PerfectlyPrivate offers secure email.
is the top-rated software created by Phil Zimmermann that protects your e-mail
and computer files from snoops. Freeware versions are available for personal
(non-business) use. Go to
Download International PGP.
I encrypt all my important data and email with the free implementation of OpenPGP
- Privacy.Li provides a wide range
of services including secure tunnels, email, and storage. It also offers
offshore hosting and anonymous domain registration.
- Privacy Net provides a PRIVACY TEST
to show what your Internet Service Provider and websites can tell about your
computer and, quite possibly, your physical location. I recommend you take
this test from your home computer (be prepared to be scared!) and them
from an anonymous proxy described elsewhere on this page.
- Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
offers consumer advice; for instance, what to do if someone steals
your credit card and how to protect yourself against identity theft.
- Proxy.org lists thousands of web-based
proxies. To reach Google.com without transmitting your IP or computer data
to Google.com, you can select one of Proxy.org's proxies or you can let
Proxy.org select a proxy at random. Many proxies have checked boxes,
which tell you their default settings. I use
proxies with settings such as "Remove all scripts (recommended for anonymity)".
I avoid proxies with messages like "You have
- Proxy Servers
are explained in this article. Proxy servers permit you to bypass blocked/censored
websites. I stayed in a hotel which blocked ESPN basketball scores. My local
public library blocks a Parisian museum blog (Art has always been subversive!).
Therefore, I use proxies at home and wherever I travel.
- S-Mail offers secure email.
- SourceForge.net is
the world's largest Open Source software development web site. You
can download first-rate, free-of-charge software here. Where are you
more likely to encounter secret, malicious programs such as spyware?
Hidden inside secret, proprietary software? Or inside open source, open
code software, which any qualified programmer can inspect?
- The Sovereign Society
publishes a newsletter for individuals who have a global perspective and
who value freedom, privacy, and prosperity in a world in which "democracies"
look increasingly like high-tech, totalitarian regimes.
- TorProject.org provides a secure
way to surf the internet without leaving your IP and other data at the
websites you visit. I use Tor everyday. How did I live without this?
- Truecrypt.org provides a way to
encrypt your data and your entire disk. I use Truecrypt everyday. How
did I live without this?