Thursday, 13 February 2020

You are being robbed!

"I have nothing to hide."

It's a common refrain when people are confronted with questions about the security measures they take to protect themselves online, as if only criminals need to protect their online identities. You are far more likely to have your identity stolen than your house robbed, yet billions of dollars a year are spent on protecting homes from would be invaders while most people spend pennies on online safety. Indeed, the false sense of online security, the "I have nothing to hide" defense, is so prevalent that people voluntarily put surveillance devices made by large tech corporations into their homes, opening themselves up to hackers and cyberthieves.

A quick Google search on home invasions leads one to a host of misinformation about the threat of burglary, including one that claims one in five homes "encounter a violent home intrusion or burglary." We'll file that one under "extreme lying." You can scroll through pages and pages of articles written by home security companies trying to scare people into buying their products.

The reality is that 0.4% of Americans are victims of burglary, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Contrast that with the number of Americans who are victims of online theft. According to a 2018 report by NortonLifelock, there are 27 cybercrime victims every second and 117 million identity theft victims. That is more than one third of the population of the United States, which is twice the global average.

You don't need an expensive program to protect yourself online. VPN encryption can help hide your information from would be thieves. In fact, you can use SumRando VPN for free. Get 1 GB free per month or unlimited data starting at $6 US per month.

 

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Your Phone Number Is Extremely Valuable - Don't Just Give It Away

We saw this tweet today:

Now is a good opportunity to mention that while SumRando Messenger does provide the ability to link your account with your phone number or email address to make it easier for other users to find you, there is no mandatory link between your SRM account and your phone number or email.

We are committed to providing human rights activists, journalists, LGBTQ, women, and anyone who needs true privacy and anonymity with the tools they need to stay safe and secure.

Download SumRando Messenger at https://sumrando.com/messenger.aspx.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Tools of Resistance

Whether you are a seasoned veteran in an authoritarian country like Iran or Egypt or someone who is facing authoritarianism for the first time, you know that it takes more than a retweet to be part of the #TheResistance. It takes funding. It takes organization. It takes safe and secure communications tools.

SumRando Cybersecurity takes your privacy seriously. We exist to fight for human rights. Whether it is helping you to circumvent censorship and social media blackouts, communicate securely, or transfer important documents without the prying eyes of governments and spies, we have the tools for you.

Download our VPN, Messenger, and Stash at https://sumrando.com today.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Protecting journalists during potentially violent elections

South African elections take place on 8 May 2019. The Committee to Protect Journalists has published a safety kit for journalists to prepare for the elections. It guides journalists through such things as physical safety, basic device preparedness, identifying bots, dealing with online harassment and trolls, securing and storing materials (our specialty!), and psychological safety and dealing with trauma. These tips do not apply only to South Africa, but across the world.

Some highlights, and where we come in:

"Journalists should check the content in messaging applications, such as WhatsApp. They should save and then delete any information that puts them at risk. Media workers should be aware that WhatsApp backs up all content to the cloud service linked to the account, for example iCloud or Google Drive." Our advice: Don't use WhatsApp at all. Use SumRando Messenger. You can even destroy your messages on the receiver's phone, ensuring there is no trace of your message.

"Think about where you want to back up information. You will need to decide whether it is safer to keep your materials in the cloud, on an external hard drive or on a USB." Our advice: Store your info in SumRando Stash, a secure document storage app that requires a secure key and password to access and automatically deletes your documents after a certain number of days of your choosing.

"It is a good idea to encrypt any information that you back up. You can do that by encrypting your external hard drive or USB. You can also turn on encryption for your devices." Our advice: One thing they did not mention is using VPN encryption to secure your info and protect your privacy. You can download SumRando VPN for Windows or Android free or get the openVPN config to use with other systems with a subscription.

If you are not a journalist but want to help, purchasing a subscription to SumRando VPN helps us provide these free apps to journalists and activists across the globe.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Internet darkness in Zimbabwe?

We don't even know what is going on in Zimbabwe anymore. Is the internet on? All of it? None of it? Some of it? Is it off in some regions but not others?

We know not all of it is working, as many Zimbabweans have reached out to us and thanked us for providing them with a means to access their favorite websites.

A court ordered access be restored, but has it been? Will it be? Will the government ignore the court order? Will the government stop detaining people simply because they oppose the Mnangagwa regime?

Protests are no excuse to shutdown the internet, violence or not. There is never an excuse to shutdown the internet.

Let's call this shutdown what it is: a power grab by President Mnangagwa as he continues to push Zimbabwe towards authoritarianism.

We're here for you, Zimbabwe, whatever happens. Get your free VPN download here, and unblock those websites.

For those of you outside of Zimbabwe, help us help them get the internet freedom they deserve. A subscription helps us keep offering free VPN to those who need it most.