Facebook Filed a Patent To Calculate Your Future Location

Many people worry about companies and governments that track their movements. Now Facebook has filed several patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for technology that uses your location data to predict your FUTURE movements and also predict when you’re going to be offline.

An article in BuzzFeed News reports:

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How to Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location

According to an article By Jennifer Valentino-DeVries and Natasha Singer in the New York Times:

“At least 75 companies receive people’s precise location data from hundreds of apps whose users enable location services for benefits such as weather alerts, The New York Times found. The companies use, store or sell the information to help advertisers, investment firms and others.”

You can read more, including instructions on how to stop Android phones and Apple iPhones from collecting and giving this information away at: https://nyti.ms/2C1ZxHX.

Trump’s Pick To Be the Next Attorney General Has Opposed Net Neutrality Rules For Years

William P. Barr, President Trump’s pick to become the nation’s next Attorney General, is a former chief lawyer for Verizon who has opposed net neutrality rules for more than a decade.

Barr’s appointment would be welcome news for at least three major internet service providers and a trade organization—including Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association—that have spent more than $600 million lobbying on Capitol Hill since 2008, according to a MapLight analysis.

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Australia is About to Pass a ‘Dangerous’ Anti-Encryption Law

On November 6, 2018, I published an article: Australian Bill Spells Trouble for Data Privacy Around the World. I wrote, “Perhaps the silliest part of this proposed legislation is the fact that it won’t work. The bill would require tech companies and platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook to build ‘vulnerabilities’ or ‘backdoors’ into their own products and services so government agencies can access the private data of their users on-demand — with virtually no judicial oversight.”

Well, silliness is winning. This controversial anti-encryption bill is one step closer to becoming law, after the two leading but sparring party political giants struck a deal to pass the legislation. Once passed, it means Australians as well as any company doing business in Australia has to weaken their privacy-protected information so that it is susceptible to hackers around the world.

Would you want to have money in an Australian bank or stock brokerage after this bill becomes law? I wouldn’t!

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Facebook Exposes Nonprofits To Donors—and Hackers

Yes, our least-favorite web site is in the news again. This time it is about still another data leak at Facebook. The company has been embroiled in one scandal after another since the 2016 US presidential election.

Details about the latest breach may be found in an article by Louise Matsa in the Wired web site at: https://www.wired.com/story/nonprofits-facebook-get-hacked-need-help.

Next-Generation Aegis Fortress L3 USB Drive

Need a secure place to keep your digital secrets or to transport them to a different computer, possibly some distance away? An encrypted flash drive is a good solution for up to 256 gigabytes of data. However, what do you do if you have more data then that to be kept secure.?

Portable hard drives are available from a number of manufacturers at reasonable prices. Of course, if the information is sensitive for any reason (business data, personal secrets, medical records, financial information, or more), you might prefer to use a high security portable hard drive that is designed specifically for security considerations. One strong candidate is the new Next-Generation Aegis Fortress L3 USB Drive.

The following is an announcement written by Apricorn:

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If Your Printer is Producing Spam Messages, Turn it Off

A new form of spam has appeared. Just what we need, right? More obnoxious intrusions into your personal privacy.

A Twitter user hacked over 50,000 printers last week to send out unwanted and unsolicited advertising. The same hacker is advertising that he or she will continue to do this as a “service” for advertisers willing to pay for it.

The messages take advantage of the “print over the Internet” functionality that is included with many modern printers. The hacker found a bug that allows sending to printers without first obtaining permission, a user name, or a password. The printed spam messages all originated from an I.P. address of 194.36.173.50, an address known for generating quite a lot of obnoxious spam traffic. “We have the ability to reach every single printer in the world,” claims a website launched on Sunday. “Reservations are limited.”

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