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Category Archives: E-Mail

How to take back the information you’ve given to all your favorite apps and websites

Popular Science: “Social media networks know a lot about you. In fact, that’s their primary job. They want to collect information about you and use that to sell advertisements that you can’t resist. In return for your data, these companies give you a chance to interact with other users and share your life no matter how interesting or banal. Recently, instructions have been floating around the web about how to see the secret interests Instagram thinks you want to see ads about. The results are sometimes hilariously wrong, but they can also be worryingly accurate. Your information is a product that companies leverage. In a perfect world, this exchange would result in a harmonious civilization in which people find others with similar interests and we enjoy our hobbies in peace. In real life, however, our information crawls around the dark corners of the web where it’s compromised, sold, leveraged, and otherwise abused. And that’s not even mentioning what happens when one of these social media sites flickers out of existence and takes all of your stuff with it. This article provides a quick primer on how to see what data sites have collected about you, as well as how to download and delete it. It’s handy information to have before the next site shuts down or accidentally tells a bunch of bad guys your favorite movie and your cellphone number…”

Gmail’s new feature makes it easier to personalize your inbox

TechCrunch: “Google is introducing a new “quick settings” menu in Gmail aimed at helping users browse, discover and use different themes and settings to customize their Gmail experience. These options include the ability to change the density of text, select from different inbox types and add reading panes and options to theme your inbox. They… Continue Reading

German intelligence can no longer freely spy on the world’s Internet traffic, top court rules

Fortune – “In the world of online spying, great power lies with those who can get their hands on the data flowing through the world’s Internet infrastructure. So the fact that Germany is home to one of the world’s biggest Internet exchange points—where data crosses between the networks that make up the Internet—has given a… Continue Reading

How Covid-19 Is Changing the Language in Emails

WSJ.com – Work emails during the coronavirus pandemic must walk a fine line between being sensitive and oversharing – “When Benjamin Schmerler sends an email, his words speak volumes about the current state of the world. Gone are the exclamation points or occasional emojis. The public-relations firm owner replaces his usual “hope you’re well” with… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues April 25, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues April 25, 2020 – 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

Digital 2020 Report

Hootsuite – A comprehensive look at the state of the internet, mobile devices, social media, and ecommerce. “4.5 billion internet users around the globe. 3.8 billion people on social media. What are the best opportunities in digital? Which platforms are growing fastest? And what new consumer behaviors should your brand be paying attention to?  Steer… Continue Reading

Commentary – Maybe we shouldn’t use Zoom after all

FBI warns Zoom, teleconference meetings vulnerable to hijacking: “…The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language,” the FBI cautioned. “As individuals continue the transition to online lessons and meetings, the FBI recommends exercising due diligence and caution in your cybersecurity efforts..to prevent against unwanted participants… Continue Reading

Emoji etiquette in the workplace

Human Resources – The good, the bad and the downright inappropriate – “Emojis are everywhere nowadays. When words fail us or we want to lighten the mood, very often we turn to emojis. In fact even in a professional work setting, 71% of respondents in Perkbox’s latest survey feel emojis should be encouraged. Polling 1000 UK workers,… Continue Reading

Flaw in billions of Wi-Fi devices left communications open to eavesdropping

ars technica: Flaw in billions of Wi-Fi devices left communications open to eavesdropping: “Billions of devices—many of them already patched—are affected by a Wi-Fi vulnerability that allows nearby attackers to decrypt sensitive data sent over the air, researchers said on Wednesday at the RSA security conference. The vulnerability exists in Wi-Fi chips made by Cypress… Continue Reading