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Discussions about technology and privacy implications.  Technology is the great two edged sword. It enables us. It also enables others to delve into the most personal aspects of our lives.

 

Veritas Expose – Twitter employees are looking at your private messages including those of your privates…

James O’Keefe of Project Veritas caught twitter employees candidly discussing how they can and do read your MOST PRIVATE MESSAGES.  Hundreds of employees are paid to sift through your most intimate tweets and private messages.

Project Veritas exposed Twitter employees openly talking about how they can view the most personal of private tweets. Continue reading

What would you say if I told you that your television was listening to your conversations?

Many years ago,  back in the 1980’s. I studied Tae Kwon Do.  After class we would often go out for ONE beer. Any more and the instructor would not be happy.

One night, one of the newer students said “You know, they used to only be able to listen to you, now they can watch you through your television”. We had a couple of minutes of discussion on this. Continue reading

Tag people in your Google Photos and find them in other photos.

I was going through my Google Photos pics and stumbled into something I hadn’t know about.

I was looking at a photo of my son and I. I had clicked on the photo and the sidebar info was showing. On the right side, Google Photos was showing a picture of my son and I. When I clicked on his photo, there was a spot to put a name in. Continue reading

Periscope and privacy

Periscope is a popular streaming feature for twitter  BUT the problem is that people viewing your stream can pinpoint your address.  Creep Factor 10 Mr. Sulu.  Also, there is a current flaw that allows the titles of streams marked as ‘private’ to be seen by the public.

In other words, the app allows you to send a video stream using twitter.  However, someone can look at the stream and determine your location with a high degree of accuracy. Continue reading

Privacy Danger from Android Flashlight and other apps

A friend sent a video about the dangers of  Flashlight apps for Android based devices.   Let me say that I am an App Junkie with dozens of apps on my phone and tablet.

The problem is that these apps are apparently being used to spy on your devices. Every app tells you what permissions it needs in order to be installed. However, most of us ignore that notice. Continue reading

Lenovo PCs are bundled with Superfish that bypasses your https security.

Lenovo has been bundling it’s PCs with Superfish.  The company claims that there are no issues with this software.

The problem is that Superfish is designed to bypass the security and encryption you get when you visit a site using https.  Superfish can then see passwords, bank account details and other personal information. Continue reading

The whole system of “secret questions” used by tens of thousands of sites, including email providers, banks and government sites is fundamentally flawed.

The whole system of “secret questions” used by tens of thousands of sites, including email providers, banks and government sites is fundamentally flawed. If you have even a casual acquaintance with someone, you can pick up enough information to access at least some of their sites. The “Where were you born” question is a joke.  The problem is that if you give a fake answer you might not remember it when you need it and find yourself locked out of your account.

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