Your Right to Privacy
We are greatly concerned with the right to privacy of our students. The
files of visiting students who eventually register for our courses are kept
absolutely confidential; we request mailing address (and not their
physical residential address), and telephone calls to the students are mostly limited for rescheduling
classes in the event that there is inclement weather in the city. Moreover, we even have students in the Internet
who, for their own particular personal reason (that we respect, we never judge and
question), use a pseudonym. In regards to Internet instruction, it does
not matter knowing the name of the student, provided that the
"pseudonym" is kept on record --and remains the same-- for the
continuity of lessons via eMail.
Here is a list of web sites that sell and/or
speak about privacy and/or privacy-enhancing software. Please be advised
that The Gnostic Association -- City of New York does not endorse any ads in
these web sites and/or cookies these web sites may place inside your computer
with or without your knowledge or consent. The performance of the software
these web sites speak about is, to the best of our knowledge,
satisfactory. These web sites also seem to be reliable. (You are
welcome to peruse our Disclaimer page.)
Secure Mode. SSL is
short for Secure Sockets Layer. It enables our web site to use Server101's
global secure server facility and have content from this website encrypted
between the server and the browser. When you view a web page, the web
browser on your computer requests the web page from the web server, which can
literally be on the other side of the world. The web page must then travel to
your web browser so you can view it.
Your browser would show a padlock icon (
) in the bottom
border when engaged in any web site in SSL mode.
Normally, any data going to and from your computer is not encrypted, so anyone
with the inclination and the know-how can actually see what you are browsing.
More importantly, private information (such as credit card details and
passwords) that you enter into a web page can also be seen.
When you view a web page using SSL, the web server encrypts the web page before
sending it, and your web browser decrypts the web page before you view it.
Anyone sniffing around for information will be unable to see the web page you
are browsing or read the data you entered.
SSL is generally used when someone is asked to enter private information into a
web page form. That way, the information entered won't be seen by anyone other
than the intended recipients of that information.
Those of you who receive a message such as:
should select "No", in order to remain with our web site's SSL
SSL is now being implemented for our selected advanced students, who will be
downloading advanced lessons that could confuse beginners in our studies and
those who belong to the public lecture group.
||GRC is an independent group of computer technicians and
researchers who are greatly concerned about the vulnerabilities of today's
most popular computer operating systems, and on what these vulnerabilities
imply to the computer if it is connected to a network or to the Internet. Their research is not
biased and their statements are verifiable by the most competent
researchers/technicians in the Information Technology (IT) field. We
recommend browsing the GRC web site every now and then, and to join their e-Mail
notification system for new updates on
computer viruses and other operating system security vulnerabilities being
discovered by their research team.
||Evidence Eliminator is a software that erases all tracks
left in web browsers. Its uses are many, however here our intent is to
let know of its uses in maintaining web browsing habits absolutely private.
||There are web sites and software that install special
commands into the computer and in particular into the computer registry that
enables certain people have access to private data stored inside the
computer (like credit card numbers, web site addresses recently visited,
private files and documents); this kind of software is known as spyware,
and is installed usually without knowledge and consent of the computer
user (we quote): "Any product that employs a user's Internet
connection in the background (the ""backchannel"") without their knowledge
or explicit permission, and gathers/transmits info on the user or their
behavior. Products include Aureate /Radiate, Conducent / Timesink,
Transcom's BeeLine, Comet Cursor, GoHip, and Web3000. Spyware products wrap
other commercial products, and are introduced to machines when those
commercial products are installed." We strongly alert against
spyware such as "InternetALERT,"
a self-proclaimed computer user internet "protector" that authorities in the
IT field affirm it installs spyware inside your computer without your
knowledge and consent (see http://www.safersite.com/PestInfo/db/i/internetalert.asp).
Pest Patrol has an extensive list of registered spyware and is enabled to
detect and delete spyware found on the user's computer; this list is being
continuously updated and it is advisable to update Pest Patrol software from
time to time as well.
||Freedom is a software that enables browsing
"anonymously". The effectiveness of this software and the
Freedom service depends, according to the Freedom team, on whether your web browser
acts and behaves as it should. They recommend using not-so-popular
web browsers such as Opera (available through ZD
||Anonymizer enables one to surf anonymously on the
Internet. It does not require software like Freedom does, and if
you're on a relatively sensible budget, you can subscribe to their services for as low as
US $5.00 per month (paid at least on a quarter basis). Some links
therefore disabled by Anonymizer serivces. Please let us
know if our web site within Server 101 does not enable you to make use of
Anonymizer services; we would then try to solve this issue. You are
supposed to be able to peruse this web site anonymously through the
||ZoneAlarm is an outstanding software that acts as a computer
firewall. It has a version that is free of charge (for home and
not-for-profit organizations). ZoneAlarm renders a performance beyond
expectations. It alerts the computer user, while browsing the
Internet, whenever someone is attempting to access the computer
files. There is also a professional version known as
ZoneAlarm Pro, which is for sale.
||When two people subscribe to Hushmail, there is an
end-to-end encryption and privacy in the e-mail and attachments. Its
newest version is now PGP-enabled. We recommend Hushmail for
e-mailing us very confidential questions on advanced topics (e.g.,
alchemy). Our e-mail in Hushmail is GnosisNY20@Hushmail.com.
||CookiePal is a software that alerts the computer user
whenever a file (known as cookie) is being placed inside your computer by
the web site being visited. You may configure CookiePal to accept
specific cookies (e.g., subscribed web sites, bank accounts) and to reject
other specific cookies.
|PGP Personal Security
||This program enables to have files encrypted into special
folders known as "PGP disks". These PGP disks act just
like a hard drive (as viewed in the Windows Explorer) when mounted.
Personal and confidential files may be saved in these encrypted files and
the computer user may unmount the PGP disks in order to browse the
Internet with more privacy.
PGP Personal Security is developed by Network Associates.
||AdSubtract is a software that blocks banner ads, protects
privacy and speeds up the web. It is still free for personal
use. There is a professional version, AdSubtract
Pro, that has even more features. You can block unwanted web
items like ads, pop-up windows, animations, music and more. You can
protect your online privacy by blocking unwanted cookies (files stored
into your computer by a web site being visited) and managing the many
cookies already present on your computer. AdSubtract Pro can block "referrers"
that inform each web server how you came to their site. It supports
most popular web browsers and operating systems.
||[DO NOT forget to check our Disclaimer
page.] THIS WEB SITE WAS RECOMMENDED TO US BY ONE OF OUR WEB SITE
VISITORS, DUE TO THE RELATION IT HAS TO PRIVACY (ONE OF OUR MAIN CONCERNS
FOR OUR INTERNET STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE LESSONS PRIVATELY AND CONFIDENTIALLY
VIA THE WORLD WIDE WEB.) OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO R.M.
EmailPrivacy.info investigates risk of
compromising your mail security and privacy and offers you the ways to
reduce this risk to a minimum.
The Internet provides one of the easiest communications tools ever
afforded mankind. It is quick, convenient, cheap... and as unprivate as it
is quick, convenient, and cheap. E-mail is as public as a postcard! Every
letter you send through the Internet can be easily snatched up and scanned
for interesting details by anyone with the right know-how. Privacy is
virtually nonexistent online. But you ask, "Why should I worry about
privacy? I'm not a criminal or a terrorist. I've got nothing to hide." If
you really think that helps, you probably shouldn't be here after all. Show
me an e-mail user who has no financial, sexual, social, political, or
professional secrets to keep from his family, his neighbors, or his
colleagues, and I'll show you someone who is either an extraordinary
exhibitionist or an incredible dullard. Show me a corporation that has no
trade secrets or confidential records, and I'll show you a business that is
not very successful.