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Free Microsoft Office? Yes, you can get Word, Excel and PowerPoint at no cost

CNET – “You’ll likely need access to a Microsoft Word document, a PowerPoint presentation or the product of another basic tool from Microsoft 365 at least once in 2022 — for either work, school or personal use. Although the software may seem like a necessity, its high price makes some people run the other way. If you don’t want to spend your money on Microsoft 365, don’t stress. There are a few ways to get the service for free. Microsoft’s suite of productivity software consists of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint. The collection typically costs between $70 and $100 every year for subscription access across devices and family members (as Microsoft 365). Microsoft also released a new stand-alone version of Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac, called Office Home and Student 2021 — for a flat price, no subscription required — on Oct. 5, the same day Windows 11 began its rollout..”

How to Get Free Microsoft Office for Students

Make Use Of: “Microsoft Office is the most widely used suite of office tools. It includes a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation program, and several other tools. The company also sells different plans designed for non-profit, business, or personal usage. If you are a school administrator, teacher, or student, you might be eligible… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 11, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, December 11, 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

Video calls can be a pain for hybrid offices. Tech companies say relief is coming.

Washington Post – “Zoom, Google, Microsoft and others say new features and tools will help improve the headaches of hybrid work meetings…As workers brace for a hybrid environment in the long run, makers of some of the most commonly used video conferencing tools are hoping their latest updates and those yet to come will address… 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

Microsoft is going password-free for consumer accounts

Washington Post: “You’ve got a lot of passwords to keep track of for your online bank account, insurance company, social media profiles and even your kid’s school software. But starting today, your Microsoft account doesn’t have to be one of them. The company said Wednesday that it is officially retiring written passwords for personal accounts,… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, August 15, 2021

Via LLRX – 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… Continue Reading

Can Differential Privacy Save the Census?

An interview by MarkUp’s Editor-in-Chief Julia Angwin: “…What is  differential privacy and how does it work? I spoke this week with one of its inventors, Cynthia Dwork. She is the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering, the Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and… 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

Privacy or crime prevention? Big Tech gets cozy with police

Christian Science Monitor: “When United States law enforcement officials need to cast a wide net for information, they’re increasingly turning to the vast digital ponds of personal data created by Big Tech companies via the devices and online services that have hooked billions of people around the world. Data compiled by four of the biggest… Continue Reading

Indicators of Broadband Needmap

“NTIA’s Indicators of Broadband Need User Guide – The Indicators of Broadband Needmap was created by the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The map brings together several different datasets to show information on broadband availability within the United States. Layers in this map were created using data from the… Continue Reading