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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

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Dick Eastman

    Internet Explorer Browser Flaw Threatens All Windows Users

    Are you still using Internet Explorer in your Windows computer? If so, you need to switch to a better and safer web browser NOW! Internet Explorer was first released in 1995 (24 years ago, several lifetimes when measured in Internet years!) and has always had lots of problems with security. Over the years, hackers have again and again been able to steal credit card numbers, passwords, and more from computers […]

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    Avast Releases ‘Aspen’, its Most Secure Browser to Date

    From an article by Chris Wiles in the BetaNews web site: “People tell us they are becoming increasingly wary of using third-party browsers such as those from Opera, Chrome and Firefox. It might come as a surprise, but many average users will opt to stick with their default OS browser, Edge, and a powerful security suite to keep themselves secure. “The question is, is this the most secure way of […]

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    Keep an Eye on BlockStack, It May be Revolutionary

    I don’t get terribly excited about new companies appearing suddenly with claims of their new product(s) that will revolutionize the world. I’ve heard far too many such claims over the years. A few such predictions turned out to be accurate (Google, Apple, Uber, Netflix, and more). However, the majority of them simply faded away over time. One announcement I read recently looks very appealing to me: BlockStack. I really believe […]

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    Probably the Best Laptop Security for use while Crossing Borders

    Computer security expert Bruce Schneier has written about a supposedly fool-proof method of encrypting the entire hard drive of a laptop computer. That means that you can travel internationally without ever revealing the contents of your laptop to Customs or other officials anywhere you travel. Even you will be unable to access the information until some time after you arrive at your destination. Best of all, you can do this […]

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    Facebook Ships Oculus Controllers with the Message: Big Brother is Watching

    OK, so this reportedly was an error by Facebook employees so perhaps we cannot blame the company. Or was it a deliberately-created “error” secretly performed by employees to warn customers about Facebook’s business practices? You can decide for yourself after watching the video and reading the article by Charlie Osborne in the ZDNet web site at: https://zd.net/2VMzz2m. With Facebook’s reputation, everyone knows that Big Brother Facebook is watching everything you […]

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    Microsoft’s Outlook.com Has Been Compromised for Months, Email Addresses and Subject Lines,and More Were Left Exposed

    If you or someone you contact via e-mail uses Microsoft’s webmail services, such as Outlook.com, then it is possible that you have been involved in a data breach. If so, it’s time to change all your online passwords! Microsoft confirmed to TechCrunch this week that the firm’s webmail services have been a victim of a data breach. Data on customers was left exposed through a support agent’s credentials which were […]

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    Google Location History Explained

    Location History is a feature that Google introduced in 2009. It “saves where you go with your devices, even when you aren’t using a specific Google service.” That essentially means that tracking and recording of where you are occurs in the background, even when users don’t actively have a location app (like Google Maps) open on their phone. Each location is shown by a red dot. For instance, here is […]

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