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A new browser extension blocks any websites that use Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon

The Verge: “The Economic Security Project is trying to make a point about big tech monopolies by releasing a browser plugin that will block any sites that reach out to IP addresses owned by Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Amazon. The extension is called Big Tech Detective, and after using the internet with it for a day (or, more accurately, trying and failing to use), I’d say it drives home the point that it’s almost impossible to avoid these companies on the modern web, even if you try. Currently, the app has to be side-loaded onto Chrome, and the Economic Security Project expects that will remain the case. It’s also available to side-load onto Firefox. By default, it just keeps track of how many requests are sent, and to which companies. If you configure the extension to actually block websites, you’ll see a big red popup if the website you’re visiting sends a request to any of the four. That popup will also include a list of all the requests so you can get an idea of what’s being asked for…”

How to stop your emails from being tracked

The Verge: “All of those obnoxious marketing emails that crowd your inbox aren’t just pushing a product. They’re also tracking whether you’ve opened the email, when you opened it, and where you were at the time by using software like MailChimp to embed tracking software into the message. How does it work? A single tracking… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 20, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 20, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

Experts Say the ‘New Normal’ in 2025 Will Be Far More Tech-Driven, Presenting More Big Challenges

Pew – “A plurality of experts think sweeping societal change will make life worse for most people as greater inequality, rising authoritarianism and rampant misinformation take hold in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, a portion believe life will be better in a ‘tele-everything’ world where workplaces, health care and social activity improve…Asked to… Continue Reading

Jones Day, Goodwin Breach Highlights Need for Vendor Vetting

Bloomberg Law – “An attack on a file-sharing company used by Big Law firms highlights the importance of vetting third-party vendors to better safeguard confidential client data, privacy and cybersecurity professionals say. Both Jones Day and Goodwin Procter were affected in recent weeks by a breach at Accellion, which provides file transfer and other services… Continue Reading

Get a Password Manager Create strong, unique passwords for each account

Consumer Reports – Create strong, unique passwords for each account—and keep them all in a secure place. “Think of a password manager as a secure vault that creates incredibly long, hard-to-crack passwords—a different one for each site or service—and then helps you log in safely and conveniently. To access all those passwords, you enter a… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 13, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 13, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Best password managers in 2021

ZDNET – “Everyone needs a password manager. Period, full stop. It’s the only possible way to maintain unique, hard-to-guess credentials for every secure site you, your family members, and your team access daily. The five programs listed in this guide are all well-supported commercial programs. Although some offer a limited free plan, our evaluation is… Continue Reading

SolarWinds: How Russian spies hacked the Justice, State, Treasury, Energy and Commerce Departments

60 Minutes: “President Biden inherited a lot of intractable problems, but perhaps none is as disruptive as the cyber war between the United States and Russia simmering largely under the radar. Last March, with the coronavirus spreading uncontrollably across the United States, Russian cyber soldiers released their own contagion by sabotaging a tiny piece of… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 6, 2021

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 6, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Paper – A First Look at Zoombombing

A First Look at Zoombombing. Chen Ling, Utkucan Balcı, Jeremy Blackburn, Gianluca Stringhini. Computers and Society. arXiv:2009.03822 [cs.CY]. “Abstract—Online meeting tools like Zoom and Google Meethave become central to our professional, educational, and personal lives. This has opened up new opportunities for large scale harassment. In particular, a phenomenon known as zoombombing has emerged, in… Continue Reading

Website Security: How to Secure & Protect Your Website

Law Technology Today: “With around 2 billion websites online in 2020, it’s easy to see why the internet has turned to be a goldmine for malicious actors in recent times. With tons of transactions and valuable information taking place online each day, hackers are always trying to come up with clever hacks to bypass any… Continue Reading