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Daily Archives: December 25, 2022

What Is the Smartest and Safest Way to Store Your Passwords?

MakeUseOf – It’s vital you keep login credentials for online accounts safe from cybercriminals. But what’s the best way to do that? [Spoiler alert – “You may think that using something as simple as paper to store your passwords would be unwise. But paper is a great way to keep your passwords safe in an offline setting, completely isolated from remote attacks…”]

Mastodon 101: how to follow (and unfollow) other accounts

The Verge – You can follow whoever you want, no matter which Mastodon ‘instance’ they hang out in. “The torrent of former tweeters streaming toward alternative social networks seems to be ongoing, and the social network that is probably gaining the most attention is Mastodon. This open-source network of independent servers (called “instances”) had jumped… Continue Reading

How to Use ChatGPT and Still Be a Good Person

The New York Times: “The past few weeks have felt like a honeymoon phase for our relationship with tools powered by artificial intelligence. Many of us have prodded ChatGPT, a chatbot that can generate responses with startlingly natural language, with tasks like writing stories about our pets, composing business proposals and coding software programs. At… Continue Reading

Brave launches FrodoPIR, a privacy-focused database query system

Via Brave – FrodoPIR: a new privacy-preserving approach for retrieving data. “To read more about our FrodoPIR scheme, you can find details here. The paper has been accepted to the Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETS), Vol. 2023, Issue 1, and will also appear here.” Bleeping Computer: “Brave Software developers have created a new privacy-centric… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 24, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 24, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading


“FediScope lets you find fediverse accounts for people in a field using Wikidata. You can then compile a custom CSV and import it into Mastodon. It was made by @[email protected] (code | toggle dark mode).  Privacy: This tool directly interacts with Wikidata from your browser and does not log your queries. Wikidata creates records for… Continue Reading

How Much Lifetime Social Security Benefits Are Americans Leaving on the Table?

How Much Lifetime Social Security Benefits Are Americans Leaving on the Table? David Altig, Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Victor Yifan Ye, November 16, 2022: “Americans are notoriously bad savers. Large numbers are reaching old age too poor to finance retirements that could last longer than they worked. This study uses the 2018 American Community Survey to… Continue Reading


“FlightAware provides accurate real-time, historical and predictive flight insights to all segments of the aviation industry”. #Flightdelays #Transportation #Airlines #Aviation Continue Reading

The FDA Now Says It Plainly: Morning-After Pills Are Not Abortion Pills

The New York Times: “The Food and Drug Administration on Friday [December 23, 2022] significantly changed the information that will be in every box of the most widely used emergency contraceptive pills to make clear that they do not prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb. The agency explained in an accompanying document… Continue Reading

Welcome to Hotel Elsevier: you can check-out any time you like … not

Dr. Eiko Fried: “In December 2021, Robin Kok wrote a series of tweets about his Elsevier data access request. I did the same a few days later. This here is the resulting collaborative blog post, summarizing our journey in trying to understand what data Elsevier collects; what data Elsevier has collected on us two specifically;… Continue Reading