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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 17, 2021

Via LLRXPete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 17, 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 increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Six key takeaways from Biden’s Russia sanctions announcement; Bill Would Prohibit Sale of Americans’ Personal Data to Adversarial Countries; Better than the best password: How to use 2 Factor Authentication to improve your security; and Cybercriminals Put Out Facebook Ads for a Fake Clubhouse App That Was Riddled with Malware.

Reading in the Age of Distrust

Project Information Literacy: “As soon as they begin college, course reading awaits them. Often students will be required to read texts closely, not just to glean important facts and figures, but to arrive at understanding through context, inference, and making connections of their own.For college students in America today, these reading competencies are not only… Continue Reading

Opinion – Data Brokers Are a Threat to Democracy

Wired – “Unless the federal government steps up, the unchecked middlemen of surveillance capitalism will continue to harm our civil rights and national security…Enter the data brokerage industry, the multibillion dollar economy of selling consumers’ and citizens’ intimate details. Much of the privacy discourse has rightly pointed fingers at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok, which… Continue Reading

Online platforms: Economic and societal effects

European Parliamentary Research Service Report – Online platforms: Economic and societal effects: “Online platforms such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook play an increasingly central role in the economy and society. They operate as digital intermediaries across interconnected sectors and markets subject to network effects. These firms have grown to an unprecedented scale, propelled by data-driven… Continue Reading

How to record separate audio for each person in a Zoom call

Tech Republic – “Recording a Zoom meeting can be helpful for lots of reasons, and creating separate audio files for each participant can make post-meeting editing much easier than trying to parse one big file. Let’s say you’re in a Zoom meeting. Someone says something profound or important about the topic at hand, but the moment… Continue Reading

Revealed: the Facebook loophole that lets world leaders deceive and harass their citizens

Julia Carrie Wong – A Guardian investigation exposes the breadth of state-backed manipulation of the platform. “Facebook has repeatedly allowed world leaders and politicians to use its platform to deceive the public or harass opponents despite being alerted to evidence of the wrongdoing. The Guardian has seen extensive internal documentation showing how Facebook handled more… Continue Reading

5 Sites Like Rotten Tomatoes to Find Average Ratings and Reviews for Anything

Make Use Of: “Track reviews from top critics to find the best-reviewed books, music, gadgets, games, and cryptocurrencies. Rotten Tomatoes is great for movies, but what about the rest? These sites track reviews from top critics to find the best-reviewed books, music, gadgets, games, and cryptocurrencies. With so many newspapers, magazines, websites, and YouTube channels,… Continue Reading

A Hacker Is Selling the User Data of 500 Million LinkedIn Users Online

Make Use Of: “To prove that the data is real, the hacker posted the personal info of two million LinkedIn users to the online forum… On April 6, Cybernews reported that an archive containing user data scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles had been posted to unnamed “popular hacking forum.” And ust in case you… Continue Reading

Data scraped from 500 million LinkedIn users found for sale online

Tech Republic: “A massive trove of LinkedIn account data has been found for sale online, containing 500 million user records including email addresses, phone numbers, links to other social media profiles and professional details Reported by CyberNews researchers, the leak was posted to a forum popular with hackers by a user asking for a “four-digit… Continue Reading

Social Media Use in 2021

Pew Research Center – “A majority of Americans say they use YouTube and Facebook, while use of Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok is especially common among adults under 30. Despite a string of controversies and the public’s relatively negative sentiments about aspects of social media, roughly seven-in-ten Americans say they ever use any kind of social… Continue Reading

Americans are super-spreaders of COVID-19 misinformation

“Infodemic pathways: Evaluating the role that traditional and social media play in cross-national information transfer” by Aengus Bridgman, Eric Merkley, Oleg Zhilin, Peter John Loewen, Taylor Owen, and Derek Ruths was published in Frontiers in Political Science. DOI: http://doi.org/10.3389/fpos.2021.648646 “Misinformation about COVID-19 is spreading from the United States into Canada, undermining efforts to mitigate the… Continue Reading

National Archives can’t resurrect Trump’s tweets, Twitter says

Politico: “Twitter will not allow the National Archives to make former President Donald Trump’s past tweets from his @realDonaldTrump account available on the social media platform, the company told POLITICO on Wednesday, in the latest display of Silicon Valley’s power over communications channels used by the U.S. government. The statement came as the National Archives… Continue Reading