PRIVACY COINS – a brief digest

Crypto's best secrets kept? Whilst some may consider Bitcoin a haven for criminals and for those who are generally up to no good, the advent of privacy coins has raised the hackles of many observers and people critical of cryptocurrencies. But hey, what's wrong with wanting to protect your data and maintain your anonymity online? It doesn't mean th...
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Revolution or revelations?

Most things in life start with good intentions, Some would say the road to hell is paved with them! From the “Splitting of the Atom” on December 17th 1938 to the invention of the “Magnavox” in 1915, one only needs look to the past for the confirmation that all things even seamlessly harmless inventions like the printing Press to the convincing...
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Cloudflare - why the fuss?

​ Cloudflare has spent the last 10 years building itself into one of the world's largest cloud service providers, however, after recent revelations regarding their network being 'hijacked' by paedophiles, terrorists and drug runners as well as the continuing concerns about the way they manage data and connectivity have taken the shine off their rec...
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​Opting Out - A Review of the Hackers Congress in Prague

Another vibrant Hackers Congress in the cryptoanarchist hub of Paralelni Polis in Prague, advocating for personal liberty, innovative thinking and social development. The sixth annual Hackers Congress was held in Prague over the weekend of 4th-6th October, bringing together crypto-anarchists, activists and innovators from around the world. The even...
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Criminal Cryptos or Filthy FIAT?

Op-Ed: The case for the defense ​ The all-mighty premise I think by now we have all seen the headlines which suggest that cryptocurrencies are used by criminals to hide their activities. The naive implication then being that all cryptos are bad and should be banned. Needless to say, this is the line trotted out on a regular basis by a mixed cast of...
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Libra - An existential threat to human rights, data privacy and national sovereignty

It makes sense if we talk about Robocop...   Specifically the 1987 original film where the director Paul Verhoeven lays out his dystopian vision of the future of Detroit. In that future a corporation, Omniconsumer products (OCP) has essentially taken over the city of Detroit. They've bought out the police force and own pretty much all emp...
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From Tweeting to Tooting!

The case for a privacy driven 'twitter'.... There is no doubt that Twitter is a great place for finding and following news, information, trolls and agenda pushing platforms. Some even run entire countries on it (or think they do, hahaha) :) However, Twitter has been caught out supposedly 'accidentally' collecting data and sharing user data with uni...
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Relocating the town center

Why moving away from the big e-retailers could well be good for you and the future of the internet The emergence of e-commerce has proven to be the route to safety for some major retailers and the ruin of others as witnessed by the wholesale destruction of the main & high streets and shopping malls & centers of North America and the UK. It ...
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Blockchain Network Using Bitcoin Codebase Adds RingCT and Bulletproofs

Privacy is something we all value, but some value it far more than others. Transacting in cryptocurrency has its inherent advantages, but not all cryptocurrencies are totally private or secure.Let's look at Bitcoin for example. Before Bitcoin became mainstream, people were using it on the dark web to buy drugs, guns, organs and just about anything ...
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Hey dude? Now you see it, now you don’t!

Or how I learned to love the bullet(proofs)! I am just like the next guy when it comes to personal space and my privacy but accept that you have to work hard to preserve both....... you need to be aware of what’s going on around you and in the world and gravitate towards the best places and adopt the best processes to accommodate you and your lifes...
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Discord - Secure or not so secure?

After looking into Threema , Signal , Riot and Telegram , we come to another messaging app that is heavily used by gamers and more recently has also made it’s mark in the crypto world..... Discord ! It’s geared specifically toward video game players, providing them with a means to find one another, to co-ordinate play and chat whilst playing. It su...
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Telegram - Secure or not so secure?

Today we continue our journey through the world of messaging applications, ‘Secure or not so secure?’. Having covered off Threema , Signal and Riot so far, let’s continue our quest with Telegram So what is Telegram ? Telegram is a cloud-based messaging app developed by Russian entrepreneurs and brothers Nikolai and Pavel Durov. Although its founder...
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Are Amazon and Alibaba dead?

And will Particl Disrupt the Disruptors? sponsored post The thing that has really excited me the most this year up to and including Consensus NYC was not digitized gold, it was not the infrastructural growth of Bitcoin, it was not the tokenization of real estate or the latest smart contact platform nor has it been the number of companies that were ...
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Riot.im - a secure messenger?

Having reviewed Threema and Signal in recent days, we are now going to bounce over to a more team orientated messenger: Riot/Matrix When I say ‘team orientated’, well, Riot is more like Slack in so far as it is a ‘person to person’ chat which allows you to communicate with someone as an individual (under People as per Riot ) or within a group (or R...
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In Defense of Privacy

More and more, our privacy is being eroded, Big Tech is utilizing the tools we use to communicate, shop, and live our lives to spy on us and sell ads and our personal information; they will do the bidding of governments around the world to expand their reach. Those who would stand up to this invasion have embraced technology such as ...
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Signal: A Secure Messenger?

In my last article of this series, we reviewed Threema , one of the messengers I personally love and use daily, as part of a series of articles about messaging services available today. Over the next two weeks, we will write reviews about the best options for you and your cellphone examining their startup, evolution, compatibility, security,&n...
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Threema - Secure Messengers - or not so Secure?

​Almost three years ago, we published the series ‘Secure Messengers...or not so secure?’ here on Decentralize.Today. At the time, Threema was one of our top picks when it came to privacy. Let’s see what has changed, what has improved and what is missing, if anything, before we draw any conclusions as we move towards our overall pronouncement o...
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Secure Messengers... Or Not So Secure? - 2019

Hi, my name is The Privacy Advocate, and I will be writing regularly on Decentralize.Today (DT) on all matters privacy. I will initially cover messengers, encryption, protecting your computer, cellphone and other devices, how to avoid Google and the likes, as well as how to replace them with equally good or better products ...
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The Privacy Coin Guide [Part 1]

If you're looking for a quick and easy way to assess what the best privacy coin in the current space is, which has the best features, or which is most likely to give high returns, then this is not that guide. My goal is to give you the power to make your own decisions, to clearly state my biases, and educate. I really wanted to understand this nich...
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The Truth About Altcoins

Have you noticed that as the price of Bitcoin goes up, altcoin prices go up? And have you also noticed that as the price of Bitcoin goes down, altcoin prices go down? This might seem like basic information if you are already a crypto-enthusiast. But perhaps, like myself, you would like to have a deeper understanding of what exactly is happening wit...
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