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Category Archives: Privacy

Use the DuckDuckGo Extension to Block FLoC, Google’s New Tracking Method in Chrome

Via DuckDuckGo News: “Google has created a new tracking method called FLoC, put it in Chrome, and automatically turned it on for millions of users. FLoC is bad for privacy: It puts you in a group based on your browsing history, and any website can get that group FLoC ID to target and fingerprint you.… Continue Reading

How to Protest Without Sacrificing Your Digital Privacy

Vice: “Thousands of protesters are filling the streets of American cities to protest the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, and police brutality writ large. Police officers have shown they’re more than willing to escalate violence with pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets, vehicles, and other dangerous crowd suppression measures. In addition,… Continue Reading

How to Stop Spam Calls

Wirecutter – The research:” When people talk about spam calls, they tend to refer to four types of calls: Telemarketing: These calls originate from a live person who is trying to sell you something from a legally registered business. Such calls are annoying but generally not fraudulent. Legal robocalls: Legal robocalls are automated calls for… 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

How to check if hackers are sharing your Facebook data

Follow up to 533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online, see also Mashable: “At this point, there’s a good chance your Facebook data has been hacked, sold, leaked, or generally misused by third parties. Now, at least in the case of the latest troubling Facebook-related incident which made the… Continue Reading

Surveillance Nation

“A BuzzFeed News investigation has found that employees at law enforcement agencies across the US ran thousands of Clearview AI facial recognition searches — often without the knowledge of the public or even their own departments. A controversial facial recognition tool designed for policing has been quietly deployed across the country with little to no… Continue Reading

Are my passwords on the dark web? Protect your data after a breach

CNET – “By the time a company tells you your data’s been stolen as part of a breach, your information may already be on the dark web. Here’s how to keep pace with the hackers. Your personal data’s been stolen, but you often won’t learn about it until long after Facebook, Equifax, Marriott, Yahoo, DoorDash or some… Continue Reading

How to pick the perfect password

PCWorld – Best practices for storing and creating: “Picking the perfect password comes down to a battle between two competing priorities: creating safe passwords that are lengthy and unique, and creating ones you can remember. You might think to yourself, I already have more passwords than I need! I’ve created passwords for years!  But with the rise… Continue Reading

533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online

Business Insider – “A user in a low level hacking forum on Saturday published the phone numbers and personal data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users for free online. The exposed data includes personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US,… Continue Reading

Dark patterns, the tricks websites use to make you say yes, explained

Vox: “How design can manipulate and coerce you into doing what websites want. If you’re an Instagram user, you may have recently seen a pop-up asking if you want the service to “use your app and website activity” to “provide a better ads experience.” At the bottom there are two boxes: In a slightly darker… Continue Reading

12 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Firefox

Gizmodo: “We’re coming up on the 20th anniversary of Mozilla’s Firefox web browser next year, and a lot of features have come and gone in that time. If you’re using Firefox as your daily driver, make sure you’re using it to its full potential by checking out some of these lesser-known tools, options, and features…” Continue Reading