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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.

Software

A Chromebook’s Superb Security Is Another Good Reason To Leave Windows 10’s Update Failures Behind

I have written several times about the excellent security and privacy offered by Chromebooks. You can find my past articles about Chromebook security by starting at http://bit.ly/2UyLIqi. Now Kevin Murnane obvious agrees, based on his recent article in the Forbes web site. Murnane’s article focuses on the advantages of Chromebooks versus the many recent problems with Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. For that comparison, I’ll refer you to Kevin Murnane’s […]

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Firefox Announces Send, Providing Free Encrypted File Transfers while Keeping your Personal Information Private

I just tested this and found that it also works with Chrome and I suspect it will work with other web browsers as well. The sender and the recipient can be using either Windows or Macintosh. Additionally, Send will also be available as an Android app in beta later this week. Best of all, it is very easy to use. Not bad for FREE software! The following is an extract from the […]

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Google Duo Video Chat App is Available on the Web

This article is “off topic.” That is, it has nothing to do with privacy. However, it concerns one of my favorite video chat apps: Google Duo. I thought I would share this info with anyone else who is interested. Google has begun the rollout of the web version of the video calling service, Google Duo. It has always been available on Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch), as well […]

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Will a Chromebook Computer Run My Favorite Programs?

I recently published an article (at https://wp.me/p5Z3-76Q) about an inexpensive Chromebook computer that is on sale right now. I have also published numerous articles in the past about Chromebooks. Every time I publish an article about Chromebooks, several people write and ask, “Will a Chromebook computer run my favorite program(s)?” I decided to answer here so that everyone can read my reply. The short answer is: a Chromebook probably will […]

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TAILS 3.12 ; The Highest Level of Privacy Available in a PC or Macintosh

Linux has long had a good reputation for maintaining privacy of the individual. Amongst all the versions of Linux (called “distributions” or “distros”), The Amnesic Incognito Live System (TAILS) has the reputation of being the MOST PRIVATE. TAILS can be installed on almost any computer designed to run Windows or Macintosh. Yes, unlike some other Linux operating systems, TAILS has versions available for a Macintosh computers as well as for […]

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Windows 10 Logs Your Activities to the Cloud Even When You Tell It Not To

This isn’t much of a surprise. “Although Microsoft appeared to answer critics, and even lawmakers at the beginning of the year by incorporating even more privacy controls into Windows 10 (which really just adds to the flood of settings you now have to be mindful of) it would appear that the toggles do little to nothing in reality.” Details may be found in an article by Steven Parker in the […]

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Keep Loved Ones Digitally Close with Family Locator

Every time we have a disaster, I think of the cell phone app called Family Locator. I am in Florida at the moment, and news about this week’s Michael hurricane certainly reminded me of the need to find and even track the whereabouts of family members. This app answers an age-old question: “Where are you?” The Family Locator app for iPhones, Android phones, and even BlackBerry phones lets you know […]

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