Tech Tips Friday Tech Tip: Lock Down Your Venmo Privacy

Friday Tech Tip: Lock Down Your Venmo Privacy

You probably don’t see Venmo as a social network, but the Paypal-owned company does. In 2018, the company told CNET “it’s fun to share [information] with friends in the social world.” When you send your rent or pay someone back for a coffee, that information might be visible to the world. There’s a lot of …

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Tech Tips Location, Location, Location: How They Found You

Location, Location, Location: How They Found You

From the Secret Service to advertisers and Google, everyone wants to know who and where you are. Location data is one of hundreds of signals that marketers and trackers use to identify us online. The national surveillance state uses location to track our movements – at protests, for example. In this article we’ll look at …

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Tech Tips Have you been Pwned?

Have you been Pwned?

One of the first things I cover in my security trainings is creating strong passwords: Make them long, make them hard for people to guess but easy enough for you to remember, and make them unique. Many people scoff at the idea of having dozens – or hundreds – of unique passwords, one for every …

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Tech Tips HOWTO: Use your phone safely at protests

HOWTO: Use your phone safely at protests

I’m writing this post as protests and rebellion spread in Minneapolis and across the country after the brutal police killing of George Floyd. The surveillance state – from local police to national agencies – will use every opportunity they can to target activists & those involved in these events. TL;DR This article got a bit …

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Tech Tips Looking for that page: What’s in a website address?

Looking for that page: What’s in a website address?

The URL is one of the most basic elements of browsing the web. It tells your web browser what page you want to view on which site. Right now, you’re on https://techforthepeople.org/2020/05/looking-for-that-page-what’s-in-a-website-address. That’s the URL (address) of this specific page. Your browser knew to connect to the server for techforthepeople.org and ask for the page …

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Tech Tips Online Safety Tips for Remote Work

Online Safety Tips for Remote Work

With the ongoing spread of Coronavirus and the huge lack of government preparedness, many companies are instituting mandatory or optional “remote work” or “work from home” policies. These give staff the ability to stay home during periods of self-isolation, but also present new technology and privacy challenges. Here are a few of the most common …

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