Equifax and why Identity Protection needs to be destroyed and recreated

It’s not just Equifax. The entire iequifax_tickerndustry is full of itself, corrupt, and hawking
services with close to zero value. It’s hard to find the perfect words but the best
descriptor for current identity protection is probably simple: “insurance fraud”.
The problem of managing our identity online is real – we live increasingly digital
lives with the inevitable result that our information is more and more exposed.

At the same time hackers and the tools they use for finding data online are always
improving. The Equifax data breach is literally the last demonstration the public
should need to see clearly that big company solutions today claiming to protect our
identities are a joke. They need to be destroyed and recreated from the ground up. Read More



Blur V. 7.6: Improvements, Updates and Bug Fixes

blurIt feels like it’s been FOREVER since the last Blur update! Last week, we finally released Blur v. 7.6, our first update in a few months. It may not be obvious at first, but we’ve been hard at work over the past several months improving our backend structure, a wide variety of Blur features, in addition to improving our DeleteMe service.

Check out our favorite Blur improvements below: Read More



Snap Maps: Your Newest Social Privacy Concern

snapchat-logo-10A few weeks back, Snapchat introduced its newest feature: Snap Maps. The app’s newest attribute allows you to share your current physical location with anyone that you’re already friends with on the app.

While Snap Maps seems like a great idea from a social standpoint (as demonstrated by the Snap Map introduction video), it clearly raises a variety of privacy issues that individuals have never had to deal with before. Read More



Firefox Blur Users: Data Update Required – Prepare for Firefox 55

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To all Firefox Blur users:

Firefox recently introduced “Web Extensions” — a revised framework for Firefox add-ons making them faster and more secure. You can read more by clicking this link.

You must login to Blur on Firefox to keep from losing any of your stored Blur data like accounts, passwords or auto-fill identities. Read More



Online, you are guilty even after being proven innocent

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Once you’re arrested, your name is tarnished forever.

Internet privacy is more relevant than ever. More and more people are having “Google problems.”  They usually look like this:

a) someone got arrested; b) the local newspaper wrote about it; c) prosecutors dropped the charges completely; d) the person’s record was expunged (in other words, the slate was wiped clean); but e) the original arrest article, however, is still online.

Now whenever anyone searches that person’s name, the arrest is one of the top Google results even though they’re weren’t guilty.

Google:  Your new permanent record

You can imagine the trouble this causes for the individual seeking the article’s takedown: difficulty getting a job, a promotion, or even a date.  It seems unfair that even though the judicial system saw fit to remove all traces of the arrest from the person’s record, there’s no corresponding requirement that the local newspaper do the same.  What’s the point of expunging a record when anyone with internet access can bring up an old, bogus arrest? Even if a court of law drops the matter, the court of public opinion has condemned that person for life.  Read More