MAT is a toolbox composed of a GUI application, a CLI application and a library.
What is metadata?
Metadata consists of information that characterizes data (e.g. Word documents, pictures, music files, etc). In essence, metadata answers who, what, when, where, why, and how about every facet of the data that is being characterized.
Why metadata can be a risk for your privacy?
Metadata within a file can tell a lot about you. Cameras record data about when a picture was taken and what camera was used. Office documents like pdf or Office automatically add author and company information to documents and spreadsheets. Maybe you don't want to disclose this information on the web.
Why MAT is not the ultimate solution?
Mat only removes metadata from your files, it does not anonymise their content, nor handle watermarking, steganography, or any overly customized metadata field/system.
If you really want to be anonymous, use formats that do not contain any metadata, or better: use plain-text. And most important, be careful: every format can be watermarked, even plain text! (e.g. the SNOW project)
How does MAT work?
Currently supported formats:
For now, MAT fully supports the following formats:
- Portable Network Graphics (.png)
- JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg, …)
- Open Documents (.odt, .odx, .ods, …)
- Office OpenXml (.docx, .pptx, .xlsx, …)
- Portable Document Fileformat (.pdf)
- Tape ARchives (.tar, .tar.bz2, …)
- MPEG AUdio (.mp3, .mp2, .mp1, …)
- Ogg Vorbis (.ogg, …)
- Free Lossless Audio Codec (.flac)
- Torrent (.torrent)
Where does MAT live?
What does it look like?
Check the screenshots page.
Who talks about MAT?
- This paper summarizes MAT developement/research
- The German Privacy-handbook
- Tristan Nitot - Principal Mozilla Evangelist
- MAT is accepted into Debian Unstable
- Reporters Without Borders
- DeadDrop/StrongBox Security Assessment - B.Schneier, J. Appelbaum, Tadayoshi Kohno and others
Check the changelog.
What's next/What does(n't) work
Check the bugtracker.
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