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Download MVPS HOSTS File Converted to Unix EOLs

Periodically I’ll be doing an ad-hoc deploy of MVPS HOSTS file on a Mac or Android system, and have to improvise a means to accomplish the required conversion from DOS to Unix line termination from the shell prompt.

Posted in Android, Linux, Mobile Security, Privacy

Leaving Windows for Linux on my Primary System

Fedora

Few outside the technology business may be fully aware that Windows 10 arrives in the context of a major strategy shift at Microsoft. Feeling the heat from Google, Apple, and others, Microsoft needs to mutate and evolve its business models

Posted in Linux, Privacy, Windows

How To Deploy MVPS HOSTS File on an Android Phone

Confirming superuser

I have replaced the default HOSTS file on my Android device with the MVPS HOSTS file, a blacklist for blocking advertising, tracking and malware-distributing server names. Installing this blacklist confers the same browsing security, privacy, and performance benefits on my

Posted in Android, Mobile Security, Privacy

CyanogenMod Breaks New Ground on Mobile Privacy

CyanogenMod

While Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook are busy bending knee to their government handlers and/or telling marketing departments what color underwear you have on, the incredibly smart and capable developers of the CyanogenMod aftermarket Android distribution are cooking up compelling

Posted in Android, Encryption, Mobile Security, Privacy

Recommended Practices for Browser Security and Privacy

Block Third Party Cookies

Historically, advertisements were limited to operating in one direction: from your newspaper, radio, or television screen to you. Enter the full duplex, bidirectional intertubes, and now advertisers have a slew of lucrative new methods to target the awful nuisance of

Posted in Privacy, Windows
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