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John McAfee’s call to arms: If you want freedom, resist Google (video)

Above: John McAfee, founder of McAfee

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi

Cybersecurity pioneer and outspoken playboy John McAfee has a message for people using Google.

Wise up.

If you think that Google’s collection of personal data is innocuous, McAfee wants you to think again.

“Google … would like us to believe that if we have nothing to hide, we should not mind if everybody knows everything that we do,” McAfee said during an appearance at the Defcon security conference in Las Vegas August 8, captured on video by the BBC, below.

“If everybody knew everything about everybody else, what would human behavior become?” McAfee asks. “You need to think this through.”

Watch the video below to see McAfee’s call to arms for privacy.

“We cannot have intrusions into our lives and still have freedom,” he said.

“And freedom is all I have. And it’s all you have, if you think about it.”

We’ve also included an earlier interview with McAfee, from January, 2014, in this playlist, in which he talks about the dangers behind botnets running on the Internet of things. He also explains that the antivirus company he founded, which is now part of Intel, no longer bears his name.

Also at Defcon, McAfee announced that he’s starting a new project, called the Brown List, to help people fight injustice.

More information:

McAfee, headquartered in Santa Clara, California, is the world’s largest dedicated security technology company. McAfee delivers proactive and proven solutions and services that help secure systems, networks, and mobile devices around... read more »

Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major glob... read more »

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20 comments
Info Sec
Info Sec

John McAfee 3:25 minute mark - John said he would be releasing 17,000 hours of stolen data he says he is blackmailing the Belize Government with. http://bloom.bg/1l0mRJB


He said he would be posting it on on his new website Brownlist on Monday August 18, 2014 though he has repeatedly made these asinine claims and failed to deliver. It fits his chronic liar needing attention personification of a human turd with feet.

John does not have money in Belize banks. His properties in Belize were foreclosed and everything was auctioned to cover his overdue balances. 

Concerning Google: If John McAfee hates Google so much why is his Official Website loaded with Google Adsense Advertising?

Aisha Taylor
Aisha Taylor

I thought McAfee was a ill crazy...didn't he just come out of hiding or something? Why is anyone printing what he says?

Jason Ball
Jason Ball

Just by being on FB you're far from 'Google free', LOL!

Michael Jon Axl
Michael Jon Axl

Interesting to hear this guy talk but he is about as crazy as the come.

Chris Wells
Chris Wells

Something he learned marketing his software: look crazy to get attention..

Padraic Tynan
Padraic Tynan

This man is wearing a tank top covered in kittens.

Alex Avery
Alex Avery

We should definitely throw crazy murderers in jail. Creators of malware are arse hats too, they should at least be fined: that's you John McAfee. Go to jail. Go directly to jail.

MrFester *
MrFester *

Find it funny that the people bitching are signing in from Facebook,  the company who has the worse privacy policies.  

Emerson Crux
Emerson Crux

Privacy is the best currency these days. Think about it!