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Can You Trust LinkedIn With Your Personal Data?

MakeUseOf: “LinkedIn is still the most trusted social platform according to the 2020 Digital Trust Report. It has consistently ranked number 1, ahead of other social media giants like Facebook and Twitter, for years. According to many consumers, the platform for the world’s business community is the one people are most confident in storing their private data securely.… Continue Reading

How to stop your cell provider from sharing (some of) your data

Mashable: “Smartphones are intimate companions: We cradle them in our hands, and hold them close to our chests. They greet us each morning, and whisper in our ears at night. We tell them our secrets. Unfortunately, when it comes to keeping those secrets, our phones have mixed allegiances.  On Feb. 23, T-Mobile, which completed its… Continue Reading

The Coming AI Hackers

The Coming AI Hackers – Bruce Schneier – “Artificial intelligence—AI—is an information technology. It consists of software. It runs on computers. And it is already deeply embedded into our social fabric, both in ways we understand and in ways we don’t. It will hack our society to a degree and effect unlike anything that’s come before.… Continue Reading

FTC – Protecting Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Year in Review

Protecting Consumers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Year in Review – “The Federal Trade Commission is a bipartisan independent agency that protects consumers and promotes competition. The COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant economic fallout touch on the full breadth of the Commission’s mandate. The FTC has applied its resources to investigate and respond to issues… Continue Reading

Connecting Libraries and Learning Analytics for Student Success

The Corkboard: “A recent library learning analytics project highlights the wide—if not widening—gap between advocates of the technology and those concerned that the value of student privacy isn’t being fully attended to. The project argues that privacy “hinges” on confidentiality. In this brief post, I will succinctly argue why confidentiality is not privacy, but privacy… Continue Reading

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

Via LLRX – Pete 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… Continue Reading

All about your coronavirus vaccine card (and what to do if you lose it)

Washington Post – “There are various ways to document that you received a coronavirus vaccine. Some people have snapped selfies proudly displaying the Band-Aid on their upper arm. Some vaccination sites are handing out stickers. But the official form of documentation is the small white vaccination record card issued by the Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

EFF Partners with DuckDuckGo to Enhance Secure Browsing and Protect User Info on the Web

EFF: “Boosting protection of Internet users’ personal data from snooping advertisers and third-party trackers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today announced it has enhanced its groundbreaking HTTPS Everywhere browser extension by incorporating rulesets from DuckDuckGo Smarter Encryption. The partnership represents the next step in the evolution of HTTPS Everywhere, a collaboration with The Tor Project and… 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

Better than the best password: How to use 2FA to improve your security

ZDNET – “You are one data breach away from having your entire online life turned upside down. The problem is passwords, which are hopelessly fragile ways to secure valuable resources. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the belief that creating a longer, more complex, harder-to-guess password will somehow make you safer… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 10, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, April 10, 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

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