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Category Archives: E-Mail

How to make your Gmail account self destruct, and why you really should

Mashable: “What happens after you die doesn’t need to be a mystery. At least when it comes to your email, that is. As we move through life there are few things that we truly take with us. A family heirloom, perhaps. Your loved ones, if you’re lucky. And, more and more frequently, one of those things happens to be an email account steadily filling up with personal correspondence, bills, medical records, and embarrassing moments from your past. And thanks to the modern wonder of cloud computing, that collection will likely long outlast you. Unless you set your entire Google account to self destruct after your death — which, thanks to Google’s Inactive Account Manager, you can do…”

Should I email, text, or call? Researchers have discovered the answer to an age-old question

Fast Company: “Whatever you do, don’t email. Or text. That is, if you want someone to actually help you. A new research paper finds that in-person communication is the most successful way to get the assistance you need. Should that not be an option, a phone call or video call are second best. “In-person requests… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 28, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 28, 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… Continue Reading

Amazon Web Services (AWS): A cheat sheet

TechRepublic: “The rise of cloud computing provides businesses the ability to quickly provision computing resources without the costly and laborious task of building data centers, and without the costs of running servers with underutilized capacity due to variable workloads. Amazon Web Services was the first large vendor of easily affordable cloud infrastructure and services, and… Continue Reading

New ABA Legal Fact Check explores conflict over presidential executive privilege

“A new ABA Legal Fact Check released [November 17, 2021] examines whether a former U.S. president can constitutionally assert executive privilege to block the release of presidential documents held by the National Archives and Records Administration and subpoenaed by Congress. The question of whether former President Donald Trump has a legal basis to block a… Continue Reading

Workplace monitoring is everywhere. Here’s how to stop algorithms ruling your office

ZDNet – A new report lays out five recommendations to protect us from the rapid rise of automated workplace-monitoring and decision-making tools…The group’s report, The New Frontier: Artificial Intelligence at Work, came as the European Commission’s Joint Research Council published separate research on electronic monitoring and surveillance in the workplace. It too found that explosive growth… Continue Reading

You Are the Object of a Secret Extraction Operation

New York Times Opinion, Dr. Shoshana Zuboff, professor emeritus at Harvard Business School and the author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism –  “Facebook is not just any corporation. It reached trillion-dollar status in a single decade by applying the logic of what I call surveillance capitalism — an economic system built on the secret… Continue Reading

The Internet’s Unkillable App

The Atlantic, by Dave Pell: “The noisier our digital lives get, the more popular the humble newsletter becomes. The Romans brought the newsletter into existence. Later, in the Middle Ages, newsletters became common forms of communication among extended families, traders, and those looking to share information in a format that eventually led to what we… Continue Reading