We’ve Reached Peak Internet Advertising: What’s Next?

adsIt is likely consumers will never see more online ads than they are seeing today– we have reached “peak internet advertising”. Actions taken recently by consumers and advertisers alike virtually guarantee a drop in intrusive and annoying ads as well as a decline in overall internet advertising. However, fewer ads will prove a pyrrhic victory for consumers who will have even more of their digital lives tracked, profiled, sold, and re-sold. Fewer ads seen by consumers will, ironically, correlate with more data being brokered behind their collective backs. Less ads: even less privacy. A handful of recent trends help illustrate how this is coming to fruition.  Read More



Using ProtonMail with Blur

proton-mailIn 2013, three researchers came up with the idea for ProtonMail due to their combined interest in protecting civil liberties online. Today, their company goal is to build an internet that respects privacy and is secure against cyberattacks. At Abine, we love ProtonMail, and we think you should too, so we created this blog post. Read More



It’s Tax Season: Do You Have Your Online Privacy Protection In Place?

taxesIt’s tax season, and every year, the IRS warns consumers of IRS tax scams that end up costing the American consumer millions of dollars. In 2016, identity theft was at an all-time high, and it’s clear that criminals aren’t backing down anytime soon.

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WikiLeaks vs. the C.I.A.

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Last week, in one of the most controversial stories in recent history, WikiLeaks released a trove of documents that details the tools that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) uses for hacking into personal computers, web servers, smartphones and even televisions.

WikiLeaks, the website that has become notorious for its publishing of secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources, is in the news once again with its most recent data dump. Read More



Abine, Adam Tanner and Big Data: Who knows your medical history?

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Many of us have friends or family with serious medical conditions—or cope with our own medical conditions—be it mental health, cancer, or other conditions.  What many of these people who visit doctors may or may not know, is that data about their medical records and conditions is being bought and sold to data brokers like IMS Health (among others) for a profit.  Read More