Barton Gellman

Barton Gellman is TIME's contributing editor at large, a fellow at the Center on Law and Security and author of the bestselling Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he is a mild-mannered reporter who dons the cloak of CounterSpy to protect confidential sources.

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The Snoop In Your Browser: An Alternative

In my last post I said some companies do better than others at scrubbing your confidential search logs as time passes. Google appears to be the worst of the major search engines from a privacy point of view;, with AskEraser turned on, is among the best.

But there’s a far better answer than looking for the search company that …

The Snoop In Your Browser

Everyone and his Big Brother wants to log your browsing habits, the better to build a profile of who you are and how you live your life — online and off. Search engine companies offer a benefit in return: more relevant search results. The more they know about you, the better they can tailor information to your needs. But you pay a …

The Case of the Stolen Laptop: How to Encrypt, and Why

There’s an investigator I know, top of her profession, who once put her laptop in the trunk of a cab. By the time she reached her hotel, the laptop was gone. This happens thousands of times a year at airports, train stations, libraries and coffee shops. Sometimes the thief wants your hardware. Sometimes your data turns out to be more …

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