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Use a privacy oriented search engine

Search engines are one of the primary resources used to spy on you. I personally know that search engines have been spying on people since the beginning.
There is a clear privacy leader for search engines: DuckDuckGo (
This is a great search engine and they are privacy focused. This protects you online and greatly improves your privacy/cybersecurity posture.
You should switch all of your web browsers to use DuckDuckGo as your search engine. Including:

  • Your desktop
  • Your mobile devices

Switching is easy and it is never too late. You will start benefiting immediately.

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Improving the privacy and security of your web browser

We recommend the following extensions/plugins for you web browser.
uBlock – remove ads and trackers automatically be sure to use the one by Raymond Hill

uBlock Matrix – control exactly what is allowed to see your web activity via explicit authorization per web site. Be sure to use the one by Raymond HillDuck

Duck Go Privacy Essentials – protect your search history online, some ad/tracker blocking

Privacy Badger – block invisible trackers

Decentraleyes – alternative Content Delivery Network to prevent common code libraries from tracking where you go online.

Using these will greatly help protect you online. Nothing is a perfect answer to all the dangers in the Internet world, but this will get you very far down the road.

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Your web browser

Most people’s use of the Internet is web browsing. Big tech has invested heavily in gaining information about you and your interests via your web browser activity. Now they are moving to censorship and suppression. This forum area includes writeup on all the technologies, but this post is about making a recommendation.
We recommend using the Brave web browser.
This browser is based on Chromium. The Google Chrome web browser is also based on Chromium, but Chromiu is not Chrome. Additionally, the variant that the folks at Brave operate do not monitor or sell their users activities to anyone.
We also recommend uninstalling:

  • Firefox – Mozilla now is in the censorship and suppression business.
  • Opera – a Chinese company that operates in Norway.
  • Chrome – Google is well underway to censoring any opinions other than what they approve of or fits within their narrative.
  • Microsoft Edge – too many security issues. Long history of failed security.

There are massive efforts underway to prevent people from moving big Tech’s controls with lots of disinformation being spread. Know that once n organization starts down the path of censorship, they never return. remove them forever.

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Suspected Russian hack is much worse than first feared: Here’s what you need to know

The scale of a sophisticated cyberattack on the U.S. government that was unearthed this week is much bigger than first anticipated. 

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in a summary Thursday that the threat “poses a grave risk to the federal government.”

It added that “state, local, tribal, and territorial governments as well as critical infrastructure entities and other private sector organizations” are also at risk.

CISA believes the attack began at least as early as March. Since then, multiple government agencies have reportedly been targeted by the hackers, with confirmation from the Energy and Commerce departments so far.

“This threat actor has demonstrated sophistication and complex tradecraft in these intrusions,” CISA said. “Removing the threat actor from compromised environments will be highly complex and challenging.”

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Hackers’ broad attack sets cyber experts worldwide scrambling to defend networks

(Reuters) -Suspected Russian hackers who broke into U.S. government agencies also spied on less high-profile organizations, including groups in Britain, a U.S. internet provider and a county government in Arizona, according to web records and a security source.

More details were revealed on Friday of the cyber espionage campaign that has computer network security teams worldwide scrambling to limit the damage as a senior official in the outgoing administration of U.S. President Donald Trump explicitly acknowledged Russia’s role in the hack for the first time.

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Microsoft to quarantine SolarWinds apps linked to recent hack

After only showing detection alerts, Microsoft moves to block trojanized SolarWinds apps from running, opening the door for some IT issues for some of its customers.

On Sunday, several news outlets reported that hackers linked to the Russian government breached SolarWinds and inserted malware inside updates for Orion, a network monitoring and inventory platform.

Following the company’s official statement, Microsoft was one of the first cybersecurity vendors to confirm the SolarWinds incident. On the same day, the company added detection rules for the Solorigate malware contained within the SolarWinds Orion app.

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2020 PDS Conference

Asif is the CEO & President of PDS. They have a conference every year and this year it was virtual on October 11, 2020. He delivered a great keynote. His message is spot on regarding our current challenges and OPPORTUNITIES. His message is a message for hope and that we should continue to leverage our leadership and IT wisdom, skills and experiences. 
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Cyber Security Breaches

Cybersecurity breaches have skyrocketed as the world continues its move to work and learn from home. Are you properly protected?

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Teach Your Employees Well: How to Spot Smishing & Vishing Scams

One of the best ways to keep employees from falling victim to these social-engineering attacks is to teach them the signs.

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All Con, All the Way Down: Bad Guys Spoof Phishing Link Hover Texts

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