Tagged: Privacy

Send Naked Selfies for Your Next Loan?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWould you send a naked selfie to get your next loan? It’s a thing in China and some people are getting caught up in it. Also talk about Orlando, my trip to Las Vegas, LG Urbane, and the hot coffee that came from the fridge. Morning Geeks! Episode 8 Show Notes: – E3 Gaming news from Microsoft, Playstation – WWDC and news of iOS 10 – Weird Al’s upcoming box set – Finding Dory – The CGI Carl’s Jr. Burger – Star Trek: Bridge Crew – Pete’s Dragon first look – Superman comes to Supergirl – Superman is the best equipped superhero

Drawing Lines in the Sand: Google+ is Not Facebook. At Least Not Just YET… 1

Drawing Lines in the Sand: Google+ is Not Facebook. At Least Not Just YET…

There are a lot of people that snapped up the Google+ invite when they had the chance. It’s right now mostly made up of Tech-savvy and Social Mediates.  Since it’s introduction last week, there has been a lot of Buzz about it (no, not Google Buzz) – Some have even made the statement that they are moving to Google+ from Facebook. That may not be the best move right now and we’ll talk about why. The Google+ Project Google+ was created to compete with Facebook. Who are you and what are you doing with audio, pictures and video. Google+ is (right now) a social network. People sharing items back and forth with others, people commenting and giving a “+1” (compared to the Facebook Like button). Google+ big difference is how you catalog your friends. You can put them into circles, from the 4 categories they give you (Family, Friends, Acquaintances and...

Facebook Founder Fazed at All Things D 0

Facebook Founder Fazed at All Things D

MarketWatch, a website run by the Wall Street Journal, reports on an interview of Mark Zuckerberg at the All Things D Conference. I’ve not heard of the All Things D Conference, but I know that, if the Wall Street Journal is covering it in any way, it must have been full of movers and shakers moving and shaking. Mr. Zuckerberg did more shaking than moving. From the story: The interview was rich in irony. For the CEO of a company that wants everyone to share information, Zuckerberg clearly did not like talking about himself in front of some of the tech industry’s biggest movers and shakers. Just like a teenager who posts something silly on Facebook that he or she will regret later, Zuckerberg did not like being reminded of what may have been some of his less-than-finer moments. (The whole thing is worth the five minutes it...

Facebook and the Meaning of “the Default Is Social” 0

Facebook and the Meaning of “the Default Is Social”

Facebook’s privacy practices continue to be in the news. The BBC reports that Mark Zuckerberg has promised to simply the privacy controls. Meanwhile, Aditya Chakrabortty, writing in the Guardian, reminds us of why this stuff is important by recalling this story: In summer 2006, AOL did something unprecedented in the history of the internet: it published a database showing what 658,000 members had searched for over three months. A mammoth exercise, this was also one of the most uncynical ever undertaken by a billion-dollar company – AOL shared the information for free, in the hope it would help researchers understand how people were using the web. It was also scrupulous about the confidentiality of customers. All subscriber details were scrubbed out, so that a login such as LimpCourgette223 became drab old User 338765. The only thing left was a list of 20m search terms. Except that list, coupled...

Clouds over the Cloud 0

Clouds over the Cloud

Settling on my house sale has turned into an ordeal that has consumed all my psychic energy, with delay following delay on the other end (it’s not the buyer–it’s the lender). It’s tentatively scheduled to be over tomorrow, but I’m still waiting for the fat lady to sing. In the meantime, I’ve been pretty worthless from the waiting. I noticed this item, though, in one of my favorite radio shows. Here’s the synopis: Written in 1986, the Stored Communications Act allows the government to obtain emails hosted on the internet more easily than they would those stored on your computer. Ryan Singel, blogger for wired.com, talks about how this law came to exist, and why it has advocacy groups and mail hosts like Google and Yahoo up-in-arms. Follow the link to listen to the segment. The transcript is not up yet, but it’s scheduled to be up later...

Google Tweaks Buzz Privacy 0

Google Tweaks Buzz Privacy

The BBC reports that Google is updating Google Buzz’s privacy settings in reaction to complaints that it revealed too much too soon. The story at the link contains a long discussion of the buzz over Buzz privacy (is that “buzz squared”?). If you Buzz, you might want to buzz over to Buzz and check your settings. The search giant will ask all its users to confirm or change their privacy settings, starting on 5 April. The firm was forced to make a series of changes to Buzz just days after launch, following a backlash from users worried about privacy intrusions. I don’t see a lot of indication that Buzz is the buzz of social networking. I’m not buzzing; heck, I can’t keep up with the stuff I need to keep up with, let alone with other stuff, and I see no benefits to me or mine in buzzing....

Startpage (Ixquick) is a Way to Offer Private Search – Frank Tests it Out 1

Startpage (Ixquick) is a Way to Offer Private Search – Frank Tests it Out

I learned about Startpage in an article on Reuters. Here’s a nugget: Startpage — also known as Ixquick outside the United States and Britain — had already offered private searching, but users would leave the company’s protection when they clicked on a search result and entered a third-party website. The new service offers use of a Startpage proxy that means the user is invisible to all websites, though pages load more slowly since Startpage must first retrieve the contents and then redisplay them. “My wake-up call came last year,” says Katherine Albrecht, who runs U.S. media relations and marketing for Startpage and who says she noticed Google Inc had installed a program monitoring users who typed in terms indicating they had influenza — and was sharing the information with the U.S. Center for Disease Control. So I decided to play around with it for a while.

Facebook Privacy Settings 1

Facebook Privacy Settings

There was an uproar recently when Facebook changed its privacy settings routine. This proves one thing: There is an uproar when Facebook changes anything. Most of the uproar seems to have been that the new default settings are, in the opinion of many, biased towards making more, rather than less, available to “Everyone.” Even the ACLU and the EFF joined in, as this report in the Vancouver Sun points out. I find the critics’ reaction a bit over the top. The critics seem to assume that Facebook users will accept Facebook’s suggested defaults, which do in my opinion make the settings far too liberal. Maybe many persons will, but, frankly, I think that is their problem, not Facebook’s. Somewhere along the line, folks who use computers need to also use their heads and realize that the internet is a public place. The New York Times today had a...

Cloud(y) Horizons 0

Cloud(y) Horizons

I have not concealed my skepticism about “cloud computing.” I see only two reason for sticking my data out there somewhere in the care of who knows who, except for off-site backups and collaborative projects. (For anyone who has invested deeply in time or money or both, in websites, software, and data, offsite backups are a good thing.) “Because it’s there” is an insufficient reason for using any technology.

Data Breach, the Old Fashioned Way 0

Data Breach, the Old Fashioned Way

By someone’s losing an unencrypted thumb drive containing the names and addresses of over 100,000 adult education students, according to the Norfolk, Va., Virginian-Pilot. The drive was lost track of on September 21 and is probably just lost, but the incident is still going to cost the Commonwealth of Virginia a lot of money before it’s over: The 77,577 former adult education students whose addresses were available will receive letters from the department this week advising them of the loss and the steps they should take to protect themselves from identity theft. The drive also contained data for 25,693 former students whose addresses were unknown. Those who took an adult education course between April 1, 2007 and June 30, 2009, or who passed a high school equivalency test between January 1, 2001 and June 30, 2009, should call the department (Virginia Department of Education) at 877-347-5224 for information...

Ramblings 6-28-09 – Where’d the Week Go? 0

Ramblings 6-28-09 – Where’d the Week Go?

Busy Week Thanks for coming to the site. We had another great week – busy week. It was a lot of fun and really productive. Post – HPTF Of course, we went to Vegas the week before to cover the HP Technology Forum Expo. Andy McCaskey, Kara Karsten and myself were working hard with interviews, product reviews and more. This week was planning to get some of the videos out to you. So far, we’ve posted the HP POD video on Friday and have a lot more coming soon. Summer of Podcasts – Podcast Carnivale This is what really took up the majority of the week. The last month I have been working hard in getting prizes together. Now it’s time to put a contest together. That is where the Summer of Podcasts comes in. Each week, Podcasters will be giving out codewords during their shows. We will...

Paypal Knows 0

Paypal Knows

The New York Times reports here that Paypal compiles dossiers in advance of applications for membership. That’s why it is able to approve new applications so quickly: Mr. (Scott) Thompson (president of Paypal) said risk management had been the key to the company’s success. Even before it was purchased by eBay, PayPal was willing to let individuals selling on eBay accept credit cards, when banks and eBay itself found that concept of trusting someone who appeared out of nowhere over the Internet too frightening. (There is greater potential for fraud by a seller than a buyer, because someone could sell a lot of stuff then disappear without shipping it.) What PayPal has learned is that the Internet actually reduces risk, Mr. Thomson said, because it provides so much information to identify potential fraud artists. “If it’s a fraudster, you can’t find footprints,” Mr. Thompson said. “They go out...

TinyURL – what is it and how to use it. 1

TinyURL – what is it and how to use it.

In this video pod we talk about TINYURL The website basically is a re-aggrigator or web links. Everybody has recieved a weblink like whatever.com/?fh=876&sk=9876&whattheheck=y679s&thisistoomuch=0du7…. TINY URL uses an algorhytm to condense the web page to an “Easy for the eyes” link. You can then post the link, email it or whatever. We also talk about the “Preview Feature” so you know what website you are going to before you go to it. TinyURL also has a Terms of Use.