Discussion: How do “Normal” people remain anonymous on the internet?

BlurA recent article by privacy expert @TroyHunt (creator of https://haveibeenpwned.com/) is discussing ways to help “normal” people remain private and anonymous while on the web.

In this post, we’ve taken some of the comments directly from his article, in addition to the comment thread from Hacker News, and addedour comments highlighting – we admit selfishly! – how our solutions address some of these issues.

The theme of a number of the discussions is how to make online privacy practices easy enough for average users (e.g. not super-technical).  This is a key mission of Abine.     Read More

Supreme Court Ruling on Spokeo vs. Robins and how it relates to DeleteME

US Supreme CourtSupreme Court ruling on Spokeo.com

If you’re concerned about your personal information being out there in public online and especially if you’re a customer of Abine’s DeleteMe service, we thought you’d be interested in hearing about the recent Supreme Court decision concerning the data broker Spokeo.com.  Spokeo is one of the many data broker web sites which DeleteMe removes you and/or your family’s personal information from.

It is not often the Supreme Court rules on a case involving online privacy and personal information, and this case (Spokeo vs. Robins) is very important for anyone concerned with how companies are storing and using our personal information.  Read More

Blur “white lists” sites that block Ad Blockers

This week, we’re introducing Blur’s Dynamic White-Listing for online publishers known to block ad blockers in our Blur software.

This dynamic white-listing will automatically turn tracker blocking off by default at a growing number of news web sites and other sites that have installed technology to stop consumers browsing with ad-blockers from reading articles or accessing content. Read More

What are virtual credit cards and why are so many people using them?

Masked CardsVirtual credit cards – also known as one time use cards, disposable cards, or for Abine’s Blur customers, Masked Cards – are all very similar to the prepaid or gift cards one sees on the racks in drugstore chains or other retail stores. These cards make a great birthday gift for someone that you may not be that close with, and they’re ideal for online shopping, because most of them cannot be “reloaded”, and can only be used for the original amount that the card is funded with.

As data breaches are rapidly becoming more frequent, more and more people (and businesses) are turning to virtual credit cards as an additional layer of protection from thieves and hackers online. At Abine, we strive to make easy-to-use tools for consumers to control what personal information companies, third parties, and other people see about them online. Read More

Opera’s New Free “VPN”

donottrackme-3-0-available-for-operaGreat news privacy fans! In a recent update, the folks over at Opera Software  have implemented a free Virtual Private Network (VPN) service into its Opera browser. Although this update is currently only available for the developer version of Opera, the company claims that this feature will be readily available for all of its millions of users in future updates.

In addition to this VPN implementation, Opera has also included a free ad-blocker in a recent update from last month. Last week, we examined how crude ad-blockers are “breaking the internet”, and how Blur differentiates itself as a unique Tracker Blocker that can be easily customized based on user preferences.

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