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 where some or all of your family members are located, plus or minus a few feet. This can be critical information when they have been evacuated to a storm shelter of some sort in advance of a hurricane or forest fire or tornado, or if they are simply stuck in a blizzard. Setting up alerts in the app will also allow you to know when family members have made it safely to their next destination.

In order to function, both you and all family members you wish to locate must have the Family Locator app installed on everyone’s cell phones, and each phone must be turned on and communicating with cell towers or wi-fi hotspots.

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A Review of Kolab Now

If you are concerned with the privacy of your information. (We’re looking at YOU Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and a bunch of other well-known privacy-invasive companies!) Kolab Now might be the perfect replacement for your present email, text messaging, calendar, address book, and other services. Kolab Now is an especially good replacement for Gmail, Microsoft’s email services (HotMail, Outlook.com, Microsoft 365, and others), Yahoo, and other services that read your email and other information in order to serve advertisements in your face and to sell information about your personal web surfing habits to any company that wishes to buy the information. Kolab Now also blocks spying by the U.S. government, the United Kingdom government, by China, and by a whole bunch of other governments that spy on their citizens.

There is one major disadvantage to Kolab Now, however:

Most of the above-mentioned services are available free of charge while Kolab Now costs a modest amount of money. For most individuals, Kolab Now monthly charges are about $ 4.50 US, £ 3.45 in the United Kingdom, and € 3.87 in all countries that use Euros. A free 30-day trial is also available. Group accounts, used mostly by corporations and other organizations, costs about $1 US more per month per user. That’s a lot cheaper than running your own in-house servers for email, text messaging, calendar, address book, and other services.

How much is your privacy worth?

What makes Kolab Now’s services worth the money?

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Wasabi: the New, Low Cost Cloud Storage Service

Wasabi is a brand-new cloud storage service. The company is so new that not all the planned “bells and whistles” are yet available. However, the present implementation hows a great deal of promise. In short, Wasabi appears to be perfect for Macintosh and Windows users looking for a simple way to use cloud storage at very low prices.

I signed up for Wasabi a few hours ago and, so far, it seems to work well. I am using Wasabi in the same manner as an external disk drive. Installation and operation was simple. If I do encounter problems with Wasabi in the future, I will publish a follow-up article at that time.

The most obvious advantage of Wasabi is the price: $.0049 per gigabyte/month which equals $4.99 per terabyte/month (all prices are in US dollars).

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Zello Walkie Talkie: Why App Downloads Are Soaring Ahead of Hurricane Florence

Are you facing a hurricane in your area? Or do you want to be able to communicate with friends and/or relatives during a hurricane and soon after? If so, read Zello Walkie Talkie: Why App Downloads Are Soaring Ahead of Hurricane Florence in the Yahoo web site at: https://yhoo.it/2p3WBTM.

You can also read my previous articles about Zello by starting at: https://privacyblog.com/?s=zello.

Microsoft to ‘warn’ Windows 10 Users not to Install Chrome or Firefox

The next update to Windows 10, to be released in October, is expected to “warn” users to never install Microsoft’s biggest web browser competitors: Chrome or Firefox. The pop-up message reportedly says that these two big-time competitor are not as safe and secure as Microsoft’s own Edge browser.

Don’t believe it. Experience has shown the opposite to be true: Both Chrome and Firefox have proven to be more secure than Microsoft’s Edge web browser. Microsoft apparently is weary of their customers switching to more secure web browsers created by other companies and is not against generating misleading FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) about the competitors.

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Tor Browser 8.0 is Released

Tor is probably the best-known privacy network and also one of the best at protecting your personal data. It is free software for enabling anonymous communication.

According to Wikipedia:

The name is derived from an acronym for the original software project name “The Onion Router”. Tor directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer overlay network consisting of more than seven thousand relays to conceal a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis. Using Tor makes it more difficult to trace Internet activity to the user: this includes “visits to Web sites, online posts, instant messages, and other communication forms”. Tor’s intended use is to protect the personal privacy of its users, as well as their freedom and ability to conduct confidential communication by keeping their Internet activities from being monitored.

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With the Next Version of Microsoft Windows, Say Goodbye To Your Windows PC As You Know It

Huge changes are coming from Microsoft. A new rumor is going around that claims Microsoft is switching from SELLING Windows to RENTING it instead. Some users think it will be an improvement while others believe it will be a major step backwards to computing in the way it was done in the 1970s when very expensive mainframes did all the computing and all data input and output by humans was done by using remote “dumb terminals.”

Microsoft is getting ready to replace Windows 10 with the Microsoft Managed Desktop. This will be a “desktop-as-a-service” (DaaS) offering. Instead of owning your own copy of Windows, you’ll “rent” Windows by the month. Microsoft already does this with Microsoft Office 365. Other companies, notably Adobe, also have software rental models, replacing the old concept of purchased software.

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