Articles tagged: privacy

Yes, You Should Give Google Your Mobile Number

Yes, You Should Give Google Your Mobile Number

Google will use your mobile phone number for verification if you lose access to your account. Some people don’t want to provide that information to Google.

Privacy? Who's Watching?

Are My Skype Calls Recorded?

Skype calls recorded by Skype? Possible, but until recently, highly unlikely. However, there’s a much scarier scenario that no technology can prevent.

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How to Keep Information on a Shared Computer Private

When using a shared computer, it’s too easy for others to see your data or history. If you must use a shared computer, you need to protect yourself.

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Why Does My Facebook Post Show as “Unavailable” to Some People?

Sharing posts you find on Facebook often results in an “unavailable” message. That’s Facebook respecting privacy settings.

Supercookies and Evercookies and No Cookies at All: Resistance Is Futile

So-called “supercookies” and “evercookies” track the websites you visit even if you regularly disable or flush normal cookies.

Windows 10 Desktop

Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?

The most common question related to Windows 10 seems to be “Should I upgrade?” I’ll cover my recommendations.

Facebook Privacy

You can and should be aware of and control your Facebook privacy settings.

Windows 10 Change Privacy Options

Adjusting Windows 10 Privacy Settings

We’ll look at how to review and adjust privacy settings in several areas of Win10.

Windows 10

Setting up Windows 10 for privacy

Windows 10 privacy seems to be somewhat of an oxymoron, at least on its initial release. I’ll review choices you can make at setup to retain some control.

Is “Windows 10 Privacy” an Oxymoron?

Windows 10 has been criticised for encroaching on users privacy. Is it an issue? Is Microsoft being evil? Or is it something else?

Chrome Passwords and Forms

Why is Chrome automatically filling in forms?

Web browsers like Google Chrome try to be helpful by recognizing commonly used forms and fields and remembering previously entered information for you. It’s no conspiracy, but it can seem spooky.

Privacy

About that Facebook test…

Facebook did some testing. It’s made some people upset. What’s important to realize is that testing is ubiquitous on the web and happens in many different ways.

Browser Extension Warning

Do privacy apps really keep me private?

Privacy on the internet means different things to different people. I discuss three different privacy applications out there, explain what exactly each does, and offer some of my own thoughts.

“Right to be Forgotten”: Misguided and Misleading

The right to be forgotten is a misleading and ineffectual technique to prevent people from finding information on the internet. Bottom line: it can’t work.

Keep it Private

Giving Away Our Privacy

We rail against intrusions into our private affairs and private information; and then post our private information publicly. Where’s the logic in that?

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Why Do I Always Have to Sign Out Other Sessions in Gmail?

Isolating other sessions in Gmail can become pretty complex. We’ll walk through a number of scenarios.

Delete

Does deleting things really delete things?

Deleting items on your computer usually doesn’t wipe them clean. That’s an extra step.

Does visiting a search-engine cached page prevent the original site from noting my visit?

Even a cached version of a website could send information about you back to the original server. The thing is that we just don’t (and can’t) know.

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Can Search Engines Track My Searches?

Search engines have numerous (and quite amazing) ways to gather information on people and the way they search. It’s nothing to worry about unless you have some critical need for privacy.

Explosion

How Do I Remove Only My Personal Information from a Computer?

Unfortunately, there is no practical way to determine what is and what isn’t personal information. Securing a computer to give away is an all-or-nothing proposition.

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Can the Owner of an Open WiFi Hotspot See what Files I’m Downloading?

Open WiFi hotspot downloads are available for the internet cafe owner to
see. Whether or not they take the time to do it is another story!

Disk Drive

How should I erase my hard drive before I give it away?

Erasing your hard drive before you give it away is important. Exactly how thorough an erase you need depends on your data and level of paranoia.

Hacker

Can my boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse tell that I’ve hacked into their account?

Once you’ve hacked into someone else’s account you’ve not only done something morally wrong – you’re at risk of being found out.

Looking Closely

Can my boss see my mail and instant messages?

If using your company’s machine, it’s safe to assume that your boss or IT department could see your emails and instant messages.