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How to copy an iPad….

iPad CopierNo, I’m not referring to how to make a cheap iPad tablet knock-off. If you’re interested in cheap, low-quality iPads you can buy those in the computer centres all over Hong Kong.

I’m referring how to copy an iPad – with a copier… Read More…

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Encryption 201: Encrypt your emails

In last weeks post I provided a bit of theory into the field of encryption. This week, let’s do the real stuff. Let’s encrypt our emails. I will explain how to encrypt emails using the free software PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) on a Mac together with Apple’s built-in Mail client.  Read More…

Encryption 101: How do I protect myself against nosy secret services….

EncryptionSo you read everything about the recent NSA scandal and ask yourself: How can I make sure my data is safe?

The answer: ENCRYPTION!

Only through strong encryption and strong passwords you can make sure you data is save from nosy secret services or hackers. And it’s actually quite easy as this series of posts will show you.  Read More…

What’s App – and what’s the appernative?

What's App I’m sure you’ve heard about “What’s App”. If you haven’t, “What’s App” is an application available for smartphones such as the iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and more. It allows you to send messages, similar to SMS, to friends who also use the same application. On the upside, it’s free of charge (you only need to pay for the internet traffic generated), on the downside it’s very insecure. But what are secure alternatives out there?

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ownCloud – the Dropbox alternative. Control your own data!

ownCloud

Mr Snowden’s revelations have confirmed that the “land of the free” has transformed itself into an Orwelian nightmare. So what to do? Don’t use IT and cloud computing anymore? Well, good luck. If you don’t rely on technology, good for you. But I don’t want to miss the convenience of IT services and cloud computing. So I was looking for an alternative for Dropbox, box.net or iDrive. And I found one. I’m proud to introduce ownCloud to you!

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Get your hands (or your algorithm) off my data!

Big Brother is Watching you

I’ve never posted about privacy or data protection. Having lived in Mainland China, I have first hand experience of internet censorship though. No Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, that’s really annoying. News sites such as the BBC or New York Times are frequently blocked, unless you go around the great firewall with a VPN.

Since I moved to Hong Kong, these problems disappeared. I can enjoy ultra-fast internet and use cloud services. But, given the “bad” Chinese, I used services based in the United States. Surely, the country which always holds up freedom of speech wouldn’t dare screwing around with my data. How we were all wrong…. Read More…