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Firefox 86 brings multiple Picture-in-Picture, “Total Cookie Protection”

Ars Technica – “Mozilla released Firefox 86 yesterday, and the browser is now available for download and installation for all major operating systems, including Android. Along with the usual round of bug fixes and under-the-hood updates, the new build offers a couple of high-profile features—multiple Picture-in-Picture video-watching support, and (optional) stricter cookie separation, which Mozilla is branding Total Cookie Protection…”

A new browser extension blocks any websites that use Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon

The Verge: “The Economic Security Project is trying to make a point about big tech monopolies by releasing a browser plugin that will block any sites that reach out to IP addresses owned by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon. The extension is called Big Tech Detective, and after using the internet with it for a… Continue Reading

How to stop your emails from being tracked

The Verge: “All of those obnoxious marketing emails that crowd your inbox aren’t just pushing a product. They’re also tracking whether you’ve opened the email, when you opened it, and where you were at the time by using software like MailChimp to embed tracking software into the message. How does it work? A single tracking… Continue Reading

A.I. Here, There, Everywhere

The New York Times – “Many of us already live with artificial intelligence now, but researchers say interactions with the technology will become increasingly personalized…Many of us already live with A.I., an array of unseen algorithms that control our Internet-connected devices, from smartphones to security cameras and cars that heat the seats before you’ve even… Continue Reading

Data protection: European Commission launches process on personal data flows to UK

European Commission – “Today, the Commission launched the process towards the adoption of two adequacy decisions for transfers of personal data to the United Kingdom, one under the General Data Protection Regulation and the other for the Law Enforcement Directive. The publication of the draft decisions is the beginning of a process towards their adoption.… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 20, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 20, 2021 – Privacy and security 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… Continue Reading

Experts Say the ‘New Normal’ in 2025 Will Be Far More Tech-Driven, Presenting More Big Challenges

Pew – “A plurality of experts think sweeping societal change will make life worse for most people as greater inequality, rising authoritarianism and rampant misinformation take hold in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, a portion believe life will be better in a ‘tele-everything’ world where workplaces, health care and social activity improve…Asked to… Continue Reading

The Coup We Are Not Talking About

The New York Times – We can have democracy, or we can have a surveillance society, but we cannot have both. Dr. Shoshana Zuboff, a professor emeritus at Harvard Business School, is the author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.” “I have spent exactly 42 years studying the rise of the digital as an economic… Continue Reading

Get a Password Manager Create strong, unique passwords for each account

Consumer Reports – Create strong, unique passwords for each account—and keep them all in a secure place. “Think of a password manager as a secure vault that creates incredibly long, hard-to-crack passwords—a different one for each site or service—and then helps you log in safely and conveniently. To access all those passwords, you enter a… Continue Reading