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Hackers of the world unite as privacy startups answer Snowden’s call | Information Age

Hackers of the world unite as privacy startups answer Snowden’s call | Information Age | Internet Presence |

How the evolution of privacy startups is helping ordinary web users take back control of their data

Addressing the Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference over the weekend, Edward Snowden entreated hackers, engineers and activists to fight surveillance by building a new generation of privacy tools for everyone to use.

In fact, privacy startups are already hard at work building tools to help web users protect their privacy in areas such as analytics, encryption and search.

However, there is still much work to do to put these tools into the hands of the ordinary web user.

>See also: The big debate: do we need a privacy charter for the internet?

Since the NSA revelations last year, this task has continued to grow in significance as more and more privacy scares have grabbed the attention of the general public.

Earlier this month, for example, an employee of Germany's intelligence service was arrested on suspicion of spying for the US.

However, it’s not just the NSA that is the guilty party. Corporations such as Google and Facebook are also building treasure troves of personal information to share with others, often without user consent.

Emerging technology startups from around the world have responded to privacy concerns by building user-friendly products in three key areas: analytics, encryption and search.

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Privacy is becoming a very big issue. The public will not let government just call the shots.

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How to keep the NSA from Spying through your Webcam

How to keep the NSA from Spying through your Webcam | Internet Presence |
Spy tools, whether designed by intelligence agencies, cyber crooks or internet creeps, can turn your camera on without illuminating the indicator light. Online tutorials even instruct neophyte hackers on how to hijack your webcam.

You already know that laptops, desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones are all at risk of being hacked. But did you know that intruders might use the built-in camera to take surreptitious pictures and videos of you and your surroundings or hijack your microphone to eavesdrop on conversations?

The latest story from the Edward Snowden leaks yesterday drives home that the NSA and its spy partners possess specialized tools for doing exactly that. According to The Intercept, the NSA uses a plug-in called GUMFISH to take over cameras on infected machines and snap photos.

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Are we living in a sci-fi world now? This is amazing. The solutions are downright simple.