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November 25 Clubcast now Available: Eighth meeting: The Parinoia Podcast and unrelated imigration conversation

November 25th, 2014 by


We are still here. I am really sorry for the delay.I fell a little behind this week, but finally, here is our last meeting.

We were a small group, but we had a great discussion. It was a bit paranoid. The first half of our meeting was stories from the news: 1) Detekt – a scanner, endorsed by the EFF and Amnesty International that removes surveillance software from your computer. 2) DOJ Dirtyboxes, flying overhead, collecting your phone data. 3) A website that indexes everybody’s personal ‘unsecured’ webcams for the whole internet to find, use, record, etc. Wow, lots of privacy and security issues in the last meeting, but we still had time for a bit about immigration.

As always, you can listen to the link bellow, or subscribe (for free) to our podcast in the iTunes store (search for The San Carlos Computer Club),  and catch our live stream on Tuesday from 9:15-10:15am at http://sccClub.org.

Please leave comments.

Thanks for listening, I hope you enjoy it.
Until next Tuesday. Tech On!
Scott, nerdGuru at International Computer Solutions

Are You Being Bugged? ~Amnesty International and the EFF backs a Tool to Scan your PC for Surveillance Software

November 25th, 2014 by

Just because youre paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you” ― Joseph Heller, author Catch-22.

Hi Clubbers,

I just caught up with this news. A security researcher has developed a software (named “Detekt”) that detects know surveillance software that may have found it way on your computer. This software is being endorsed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Amnesty International, and other  international digital rights and human rights organizations. It has been made freely available for download from a GitHub repository you can find at this link:

Download Detekt from: https://github.com/botherder/detekt/releases/tag/v1.8.


I have already downloaded and tested this. It very easy to run. Just download, then click  (or double-click). No installation is needed it runs in place. Detekt can only find software it knows about, similar to an antivirus program, but in this case it’s looking for know software that state (and private) organizations use for listening to your computer’s microphone, and watch your computer’s webcam, grab copies of your email, as well as, your instant messenger conversations, and more. The software is only compatible with Windows XP – Windows7. I imagine soon we will see a Windows 8/8.1 version, as well as, a Macintosh version.

Follow the link bellow to read more in the Guardian’s article.

from the Guardian’s article…

“Detekt was developed by Germany-based security researcher Claudio Guarnieri after discussions with human rights activists. It will be launched on Thursday in partnership with Amnesty International, British charity Privacy International, German civil rights group Digitale Gesellschaft and US digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation.”…

via Amnesty backs Detekt tool to scan for state spyware on computers | World news | The Guardian.

Wow! How Secure is your Instant Messenger? Check out the EFF’s Scorecard for Instant Messenger| Electronic Frontier Foundation

November 7th, 2014 by

Hi Clubbers,

I had to share this!

Follow the link to see how your favorite Instant Messenger program score’s on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Secure Messaging Scorecard | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Highlights: AOL Instant Messenger has one of the worst security scores, but it’s quick followed by Facebook, Google Hangouts/Chat, Skype,  WhatsApp, and SnapChat. I haven’t ever heard of the majority of the most secure instant messenger apps . I can’t make any recommendations, however maybe this is a good reason to explore a new instant messenger app.


The problem with instant messenger apps is that you use the app your friends and family, and clients use. Switching IM apps is much hard then you’d think. You really need a whole community to change or you’ll always be going back when you need to reach people that didn’t change.

Anyway,  it’s an interesting table. Check it out at: https://www.eff.org/secure-messaging-scorecard



Who Has Your Back? 2013 – Which services are sharing your information: when, and why

May 5th, 2013 by

If you have ever wondered how Amazon, Apple, ATT, Comcast, Dropbox, Yahoo, etc. share your information with the government then this table is for you.

The table, published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, gives star ratings to service providers based now how and when they share your information.

Categories like: Requires a Warrant for Content, or Tells Users about Government Data Requests, or Fights for Users’ Privacy Rights in Courts (or in Congress,) etc.


Click the link bellow, and look up your favorite services. You will be surprised how they treat your privacy.

Who Has Your Back? 2013 | Electronic Frontier Foundation


refering link: https://www.eff.org/who-has-your-back-2013