You know that situation? When you've finally got hold of that book you've been looking forward to ('s ) but you need to finish that other great book you're currently reading first ('s ) 📚🔏

So glad I discovered . Finally I can easily sync encrypted backups to my @nextcloud instance. The only thing that I find strange is that setting a trailing slash at end of destination path doesn't seem to transfer files to the directory preceding the slash, instead overwrites. I may be getting this bit wrong so will need to continue to experiment with this great tool.

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Wired, 1993: Rebels with a Cause - Your Privacy. "On the cover were Eric Hughes, Tim May, John Gilmore, holding up an American flag, faces hidden behind white mask, their PGP fingerprints written on the foreheads. Gilmore even sporting an newly-founded EFF T-shirt. (from Thomas Rid, CS Monitor)"

Wired, 2019: YOU'RE IN PRIVATE MODE. To continue using a private window, sign in or subscribe. The title of the article being denied reads "It's Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser. Ad trackers are out of control".

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As part of the "Making Tax Digital" initiative HMRC has changed the way businesses used to submit their VAT returns. This now must be done only by digital means without any manual entry or copy-paste involved.

This has an unfortunate effect on anyone maintaining their books on spreadsheet (and / or not using the variety of commercial systems) in that they will be unable to submit their VAT returns until they use a bridging software or a commercial offering.

On principle, I don't think one should be forced to pay money to submit their tax returns and in practice, I don't want to evaluate a load of different services which may or may not be safe to use. It was actually easier and safer to write my own solution, building on the work done by another developer - more power to OpenSource :).

I had to do this in my free time but the solution is now HMRC approved and fully functional. It is open-source, available free of cost for anyone to use from my hosting or can be self-hosted.

The tool is available here -->

Hope this will help some.

#opensourcesoftware #MTD
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Worldviews I would kill to stop 

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Tor Project :tor: : Updates from the Onion (August 2019)

– Details on recent updates and upcoming features (including Tor Browser for Android).
– They consider switching from FF ESR to FF since FF is more secure than ESR.
– Tor Browser 9.0 is scheduled for October 2019, bringing an improved user interface.
– Infos about Snowflake (

#tor #torbrowser #anonymity #infosec #security #cybersecurity

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The government of the United States has just announced a lawsuit over my memoir, which was just released today worldwide. This is the book the government does not want you to read: (link corrected)

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"Free as in Sausage Making: Thoughts on Freedom within the Debian Project" by Sam Hartman

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If you could change the world, would you? Six years later, I talk to @EwenMacAskill and the @guardian.

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The surveillance state is growing.

A new project by @eff and the University of Nevada allows you to explore a map of where known cell-site simulators, smart street lights, and mobile biometric technology have been deployed.

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About a quarter of the page visible on load and four clicks to clear out the banners. What is this nonsense.

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We would be wise to look at the bigger impact of the #Amazon / #Ring surveillance model that allows the police to provide warrant-less video access to Ring doorbell #videos.

Amazon has sold (as of 2019) over 100 million Alexa devices.

If Amazon is willing to share unwitting information via the Ring Doorbell, what is to stop them from sharing wide-scale audio as well?

This is potentially a much bigger deal than Ring.

Let your friends know that their always-on devices can be used for no good.

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Privacy, freedom of expression, and access to information are human rights, yet these rights are denied online around the world.

You can help by running a Tor bridge. #RunTorBridges

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Weekend project: Are you helping your family to change their social media settings to be more private? You might want to try this lesson plan by the Security Education Companion

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"You would have to be pretty desperate with all of its history of privacy scandals to give Facebook any more insight into your life than you already have,” EFF's @jgkelley says of Facebook's new Dating service

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🧪 There's a new experimental version of Tor Browser out now.

Tor Browser 9.0a6 is the first alpha release based on Firefox ESR68, so it contains several important changes such as the rebasing of our Firefox patches, toolchain updates, integration of Torbutton directly into the browser, and updates to Tor Launcher to make it compatible with ESR68.

I've finally persuaded my partner to put 10 aside and let me set up a laptop for her running MATE (her one condition was to have so I installed it with Wine and PlayonLinux). Now I'm just itching for her to start using the damn thing! Next job is to set up her CyberGhost CLI tool and make it easier for by assigning some simple aliases using .bashrc.

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Tor-focussed :tor: operating system Tails 3.16 released:

– updates for Linux kernel (4.19.37-5+deb10u2, fix for the SWAPGS variant of the Spectre vulnerability), and Tor Browser (8.5.5)
– updates for most firmware packages
– removes LibreOffice Math by default (additional software), and predefined configuration in Tor Browser and Pidgin

#tails #tor #torbrowser #privacy #anonymity

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