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Tor – Privacy, Browsing, Tracking And Your ISP

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Most of us don’t mind giving up a part of our privacy for our personal protection (airport scanners), or a good deal (loyalty shopping programs). We even voluntarily sign up for social networking sites that track every move we make and then sell aggregate information to marketers. But what about all the times we’re on the web and are not really sure about what search and browsing activities our ISP, or other company or agency is tracking? (In repressed countries this becomes even more of an issue as one compromised e-mail can mean torture or death to the sender.)

Let’s be realistic: the only way to not be tracked in any way online is to not go on online at all. Actually, you’d better leave your computer turned off, because many applications and programs on your computer automatically check for software updates and also track and record meta data.

Tor is free software and an open network that claims to help you defend against a form of network surveillance that “threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships. It prevents your traffic from being analyzed by distributing your transactions over several places on the internet, so no single point can link you to your destination.” One of the ways Tor works is by sending your e-mails through several relays, so it’s impossible to find out where the e-mail originated and where it was meant to end up. Maybe not every ISP uses traffic monitoring services – do you know if yours does? Even if you think it doesn’t, it’s a good idea to never search for your social security number and name, or passwords with any personal info.

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Free Visual Editor for XML

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If you’d like to give a visual XML editor a try, you may like the free Vex editor. Vex provides a wordprocessor-like interface and is best suited for “document-style” XML documents such as XHTML and DocBook rather than “data-style” XML documents.

Hardware and Software For Non-Profits

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OK, the products on this site aren’t free, but many are available at a substantial discount, or for only a small administration fee. Choose from over 600 tech products that might be useful for your non-profit.

Techsoup.org offers all kinds of hardware, software, security products, hosted applications, credit card processing etc. Products on Techsoup are donated, or refurbished and are ‘provided by corporate and nonprofit technology partners.’ For example, we’ve recently spotted Norton Internet Security 2009 (CD) for $15, or Office Professional Plus 2007 (Includes Software Assurance) for $20. Not free, but a great deal!

Lightweight WYSIWYG HTML Editor

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NVU is an open source WYSIWYG HTML editor. This web authoring system is not as powerful as Dreamweaver, but it does a pretty good job. NVU also keeps your code neatly organized, unlike some other free web authoring programs.

GIMP Graphics Editing Program

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Nobody denies that Adobe Photoshop is a great program but it’s pretty expensive. There are other graphics editing programs and one of them, the open source GIMP is sometimes called “Photoshop killer” because it is a real alternative to Photoshop.