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Your car knows too much about you. That could be a privacy nightmare.

Mashable: “The car you drive says more about you than you think. Over the last few decades, technology has given drivers remarkable improvements in both safety and convenience — but it has also turned cars into data-gathering machines. What information is collected, and where it ends up, is not always clear to car owners. That’s a potential privacy disaster waiting to happen. As Jon Callas, the Electric Frontier Foundation’s director of technology projects, explained to Mashable, newer cars — and Teslas in particular — are in many ways like smartphones that just happen to have wheels. They are often WiFi-enabled, come with over a hundred CPUs, and have Bluetooth embedded throughout. In other words, they’re a far cry from the automobiles of even just 20 years ago. If your car knows where you go, and how long you stay there, it, like your cellphone, also hypothetically knows whether you’re a churchgoer, attend AA, or made a recent trip Planned Parenthood. And, depending on what features you’ve enabled, it may not keep that information to itself. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg…”

More cell phone data use is negatively affecting Wi-Fi performance, study finds

Citation: “Hidden-nodes in coexisting LAA & Wi-FI: a measurement study of real deployments.” – UChicago researchers find competition between networks decreases performance – “If service becomes slow when you’re trying to send a quick email on your smartphone, you might scroll through your network options and discover how many Wi-Fi networks there are. In fact,… Continue Reading

How to set up a Wi-Fi extender

PC World: “A Wi-Fi extender is a gadget that sucks in Wi-Fi signal, then spits it back out on the same network name and frequency. Think of it as a radio repeater, because that’s essentially what it is. It’s a relatively easy and inexpensive way to extend your network into those hard-to-reach spots in your… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 27, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 27, 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

Alexa, what other devices are listening to me?

CNN Business: “More and more, the devices in your home are listening to you, your friends and family. It sounds Orwellian. It’s billed as convenient. As the Internet of Things proliferates, it creates a world in which everyday devices are interconnected via a web of sensors, apps, software and Wi-Fi. That means you can lower… Continue Reading

NSA – Limiting Location Data Exposure

NSA Cybersecurity Information: “Mobile devices store and share device geolocation data by design. This data is essential to device communications and provides features—such as mapping applications—that users consider indispensable. Mobile devices determine location through any combination of Global Positioning System (GPS) and wireless signals (e.g., cellular, wireless (Wi-Fi®1), or Bluetooth®2 (BT)). Location data can be… Continue Reading

Libraries Strive to Stay ‘Community Living Rooms’ as They Reopen

The New York Times – “Safely lending books is just the beginning. Libraries are figuring out everything from how to remain welcoming spaces to how to respond to changing reader behavior. In pockets of Virginia, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio, there are books sitting in quarantine. They are public library books that have been returned, and… Continue Reading

State of Cybersecurity at Top 100 Global Airports

ImmuniWeb – 97 out of 100 of the world’s largest airports have security risks related to vulnerable web and mobile applications, misconfigured public cloud, Dark Web exposure or code repositories leaks. ” The 2020 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) urged the consideration of emerging cybersecurity challenges in the aviation industry, as addressed… Continue Reading

Find the WiFi Password For Almost Any Airport Lounge Using This Free Map

LifeHacker: “Fortunately, we’re at a point where most of the airports in the United States offer free WiFi in some form. Yes, sometimes you have to watch an ad to get there, but it’s there. That said, sometimes you end up an airport that doesn’t have WiFi, or one that has free WiFi that’s restricted… Continue Reading

The Complicated Role of the Modern Public Library

Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities: “There aren’t many truly public places left in America. Most of our shared spaces require money or a certain social status to access. Malls exist to sell people things. Museums discourage loiterers. Coffee shops expect patrons to purchase a drink or snack if they want to enjoy the… Continue Reading