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Daily Archives: February 17, 2022

What to Do When You’ve Been Hacked

PC Mag: “When your email, credit card, or identity gets hacked, it can be a nightmare. Knowing what to expect can be a help; knowing how to head off the hackers is even better. Our guide helps with both. In the modern online world, privacy is a rare commodity. Big corporations know all about you, aided by data brokers that collect and collate all the data crumbs you leave as you wander the internet. But this lack of privacy is nothing compared to what happens if a criminal hacking team digs deep into your personal information. Big companies want to sell you stuff; hacker crews want to steal your stuff. They’ll monetize their unauthorized access to your life as quickly and thoroughly as they can, preferably before you even know there’s a problem. Some experts prognosticate that 2022 will be the biggest year ever for data breaches. Sooner or later, your personal life will be exposed. What can you do when you realize that you’ve been hacked?…”

Americans’ Trust in Scientists, Other Groups Declines

“Americans’ confidence in groups and institutions has turned downward compared with just a year ago. Trust in scientists and medical scientists, once seemingly buoyed by their central role in addressing the coronavirus outbreak, is now below pre-pandemic levels. Overall, 29% of U.S. adults say they have a great deal of confidence in medical scientists to… Continue Reading

Protecting Nature by Reforming Environmentally Harmful Subsidies:The Role of Business

“Today marks the release of a new Earth Track analysis, Protecting Nature by Reforming Environmentally Harmful Subsidies: The Role of Business, written by Ronald Steenblik and myself. Ron and I have worked together on subsidy transparency, valuation and reform for more than a quarter century at this point, and his expertise has always been hugely… Continue Reading

From Anti-vax Intentions to Vaccination: Panel and Experimental Evidence from Nine Countries

From Anti-vax Intentions to Vaccination: Panel and Experimental Evidence from Nine Countries. Vincenzo Galasso, Vincent Pons, Paola Profeta, Michael Becher, Sylvain Brouard, and Martial Foucault. NBER Working Paper No. 29741. February 2022. “Millions of people refuse COVID-19 vaccination. Using original data from two surveys in nine OECD countries, we analyze the determinants of anti-vax intentions… Continue Reading

How to stop those annoying spam texts

Washington Post: “Spam texts are the new spam calls. Thankfully, there are ways to cut down…First, the bad news: These texts aren’t going away any time soon. A report from spam-blocking app RoboKiller found that spam texts increased 58 percent in 2021 from 2020. That’s a big jump, and it’s likely because scammers are realizing… Continue Reading

Justice Department Announces First Director of National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team

[February 17, 2022] “The Justice Department announced the selection and appointment of Eun Young Choi to serve as the first Director of the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET). Ms. Choi is a seasoned prosecutor with nearly a decade of experience within the department, and most recently served as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General.… Continue Reading

New smart canvas features in Google Docs

Google Workspace Updates: “In 2021, we launched smart canvas to drive the next era of collaboration in Google Workspace. We’re now announcing new smart canvas features that will create a more flexible, interactive, and intelligent experience, enhancing the content and connections that fuel collaboration across Google Workspace. You can now: Add a summary to your document,… Continue Reading