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    Microsoft Confirms Update Warning For Windows 10, Windows 8.1 And Windows 7 Users

    The latest Patch Tuesday update from Microsoft included several critical security fixes. Unfortunately, as Microsoft has now confirmed, it also borked some things. If you haven’t applied that August 13 update and are running on Windows 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, you may want to read an article by Davey Winder in the Forbes web site before you do. Click here to read the article.

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    Facebook has Hired Contractors to Listen in to Users’ Conversations in its Messenger Service

    Here is another reason to stop using Facebook and all of the company’s various services. It seems the company monitors the conversations of its 1.3 billion customers. From an article by Kate O’Flaherty and published in the Forbes web site: “Facebook has just become the latest big tech firm to confirm that external contractors are listening to audio of users’ private conversations. According to a Bloomberg report, Facebook has hired […]

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    Decentralized Network Wants to Return the Internet to Users

    Here’s a radical idea: take away all the control exercised by all the mega-corporations (Google, Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, Twitter and a few dozen others) and let smaller organizations and private citizens define how the Internet will operate. Actually, that’s not so radical after all. In fact, it is how the Internet operated in its early days before the mega-corporations (Google, Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, Twitter and a few dozen others) rose […]

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    The EU could hit Facebook with Billions in Fines over Privacy Violations

    The European Union is reportedly nearing the end of its investigation into some of the cases it opened against Facebook under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, the Wall Street Journal reports. In total, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, which is leading the investigation since Facebook’s HQ in Europe is in Dublin, has 11 cases against the social network.

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    If You Are Using Windows, Read This Now!

    Microsoft has issued a ‘critical’ update warning to millions of Windows users. It describes a newly-discovered security bug that is one of the most dangerous bugs ever discovered in Windows. Even worse, none of today’s anti-virus and anti-malware products will detect the problem. (Hopefully, that will change soon.) Details may be found in an article by Gordon Kelly in the Forbes web site at: https://tinyurl.com/privacy190814a. The article states: “Windows users, […]

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    How to Use Clothing to Legally Trick Surveillance Cameras

    If you want to avoid surveillance by automatic license plate readers, which use networked surveillance cameras and simple image recognition to track the movements of automobiles, one company suggests you wear one of their t-shirts. Or a dress. Or a hoodie. White hat hacker and fashion designer Kate Rose presented the inaugural collection of her Adversarial Fashion line at the recent DefCon cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. Several different items […]

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    How to Quit Gmail and Reclaim Your Privacy

    Switching from Gmail (or any free email service that monetizes your data) to a privacy-focused email provider might seem like a hassle, but productivity expert Jill Duffy shows you how to do it with minimal fuss. You can find the article in the PCMag web site at: https://www.pcmag.com/article/370064/how-to-quit-gmail-and-reclaim-your-privacy.

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