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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News Clips TikTok was looking at your clipboard – and you didn’t know it.

TikTok was looking at your clipboard – and you didn’t know it.

Via MacRumors With the next version of iOS, the operating system that runs the iPhone, Apple has added a feature to show you when an application is using your clipboard. Quickly, users who have been testing iOS 14 saw that the popular social media video app TikTok was grabbing their clipboard data very, very frequently. …

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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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Analysis Amazon wants to own everything retail, and that’s terrifying.

Amazon wants to own everything retail, and that’s terrifying.

In 2016, Amazon launched its Amazon Go grocery stores, where a customer installs an app, then sensors across the store track what products they put in their cart. To be clear, these are physical retails stores, not the online shopping carts we all use daily. To check out, customers simply leave the store and are …

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Analysis Don’t fall for Coronavirus email scams!

Don’t fall for Coronavirus email scams!

Scammers love to jump on anything that’s in the news and take advantage of the situation. Predictably, they’re now using the real global threat of Coronavirus to steal money and personal information via email. In this case, some of them are pretending to be from the World Health Organization. The WHO has a good page …

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News Clips Google gives police location records, makes man a suspect for taking a bike ride.

Google gives police location records, makes man a suspect for taking a bike ride.

Via NBC News, we have the story of Zachary McCoy. McCoy got an email from Google that local police had requested info about his Google account – and he had no idea why. It turns out that McCoy was caught up in a “geofence warrant,” where police send Google or other companies a warrant for …

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Analysis “Privacy” Board: NSA Spying Was Fine, Except It Didn’t Work

“Privacy” Board: NSA Spying Was Fine, Except It Didn’t Work

The US Government’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board recently released their report on the Call Detail Records program used by the National Security Agency as part of its massive spying operation on people in the US. The PCLOB document, “Report on the Government’s Use of the Call Data Records Program Under the USA Freedom …

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