Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Eating my words :( — Uninstall Web of Trust now

Folks, long time readers may remember, years ago now (decades in computer years) I recommended a ‘safe surfing’ browser add-on. A tech news headline – arrived today – has me regretting that.

* ‘Web Of Trust’ Browser Add-On Caught Selling Users’ Data — Uninstall It Now

Browser extensions have become a standard part of the most popular browsers and essential part of our lives for surfing the Internet. But not all extensions can be trusted. One such innocent looking browser add-on has been caught collecting browsing history of millions of users and selling them ..” Read more…

[ NOTE: even if you never heard of WoT, reading the article is a good education on the kind of spying the tech companies have been doing. ]

My love affair with technology is officially over.

Today’s quote:The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

November 8, 2016 Posted by | advice, browsers, computers, Internet, News, privacy, tech | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Opera Browser Now Offers Free VPN Service

I tip my geek hat to the folks over at Opera.

* Opera Browser Now Offers Free and Unlimited Built-in VPN Service

Opera’s Free VPN protects unencrypted browser session from leaking on public WiFi networks and will also let unblock firewalls to improve privacy and security.Read more..

* Get the Opera browser here.

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Today’s Pretty Picture:

Not a bad cellphone pic, eh? Click on image to see more by this atrist

Not a bad cellphone pic, eh? Click on image to see more by this artist

“Spring 2011” by SurFeRGiRL30, courtesy of Flickr Commons

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Today’s quote:There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” ~ Aldous Huxley

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 24, 2016 Posted by | advice, browsers, computers, consumer electronics, how to, Internet, News, privacy, security | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mid-April

Tuesday is my usual day for posting what I call “Tuesday Tidbits”; tech headlines (or other tech articles) I find interesting.

But this week there are none. At least, not that I noticed.
I found one.

There’s not even any I think you might find interesting (or that I think you ‘ought to know’).

* Now you can download your entire search history from Google

Earlier this year, Google quietly rolled out a new feature that lets users download their search history.Read more..

Today’s quote:Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.” ~ Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 21, 2015 Posted by | advice, Backups, browsers, computers, consumer electronics, Google, Internet, privacy, searching, tech | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday Good Stuff

Here are a few items for your Friday.

* Why TV is doomed: HBO Now and the new cord-cutting economics

The entire old-school television distribution system has been rocked by a quake of epic magnitude. Now I can watch whatever I want — and save hundreds of dollars a year.” Read more..

Related: Add Pluto TV To Your Internet TV Lineup

If you are looking for a FREE internet based TV like environment you may enjoy exploring Pluto TV where the amount of content is amazing.” Read more..

That number should be much much higher, IMHO. But.

That number should be much much higher, IMHO. But.

* I don’t care about the Apple Watch. Would never own/wear an Apple Watch. And as a family-friendly blogger, cannot print what I think about the Apple Watch. If you’re looking for info on the Apple Watch, well, every single tech website out there has oodles & oodles of drooling propaganda advertising hype articles on the latest Apple gizmo, so feel free togo to one of those. (To do so, click here.)

* Firefox helps you cover your assets with latest Tracking Protection feature

Did you know that not all websites honor Do Not Track? If privacy while browsing is at the top of your priority list, Jack Wallen offers up a Firefox tip that just might allow you to sigh a breath of private air.Read more..

[My best guess is that no website {0} honors ‘Do Not Track’, actually.. Why should they? Tracking you pays $$$.]

Today’s Important Message: As you know, tax season is a “prime cybercrime season”, and we are warned to be on the alert for bogus IRS emails/phone calls. Truth is.. it’s always “Prime Cybercrime Season”, and we must realize it. Operating with an ever-vigilant healthy paranoia has to be our day-to-day.

Today’s Poll:

Today’s Fun Video:

Today’s quote:For it is in giving that we receive.” ~ Francis of Assisi

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 10, 2015 Posted by | Apple, browsers, cloud computing, consumer electronics, Firefox, how to, Internet, News, privacy, tech | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tuesday Items

Folks, here are a few headlines and articles I found worthy of recommendation:

* Despite security flaws, legal failures: How to fight revenge porn

The celebrity stolen nudes scandal has shined an uncomfortable light on everything from cloud security to sexual privacy. Now there’s finally a very public conversation happening about how hard it is for women to fight online attacks such as this.

I think it’s time to talk about fighting back.” Read more..

[ The article provides tips and advice for getting your stuff {i.e. embarrassing photos} removed {“taken down”} from the Internet. It’s not really about porn. ]

Nokia 925: My first Windows phoneThis article has me seriously re-interested in ditching Android and switching to a Windows phone; but what it says about Google is worth the read, too: Nokia 925: My first Windows phone

What’s it like for a lifetime Apple and Android user to begin using a Windows phone? Violet Blue found out.Read more..

And the follow-up article: The Windows phone: One month later

It’s been just over one month since Violet Blue switched from being a lifetime Apple and Android user to trying out a Nokia 925. Our newest Windows Phone user has a few things to say.” Read more..

For those anxious for Windows 10 (and/or the new “Spartan” browser):

This is Spartan! Windows 10 Technical Preview, Build 10049

“With Build 10049 of Windows 10 Technical Preview, Greg Shultz gets his hands on the Project Spartan browser. Take a look at some of the changes you can expect to see.Read more..

And.. I’ve said it before: Heads up people: Tech neck is crimpin’ my style and your skin

That’s because people on BART and buses and in public places don’t talk to each other so much anymore. Heck, some of them can hardly lift up their heads to look away from the tiny screens they hold in their hands.” Read more..

Well, that’s enough for today. If you read only one, read the first one; it’ll make you more aware of how tech (and the Internet) really work. Have a good one, everybody.

Today’s quotable quote:When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.” ~ Thomas S. Monson

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April 7, 2015 Posted by | advice, Android, browsers, cellular, consumer electronics, how to, Internet, Microsoft, mobile, News, privacy, social networking, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Five free utilities that help protect your online privacy

Folks, here are a few tools to help you fight the good fight.

* Five utilities that help protect your online privacy

As awesome as the internet is, it might also be the biggest threat to personal privacy the world has ever known. But even though it’s tough to guarantee total privacy in a connected world, a number of tools can help you to maintain some degree of personal privacy. This article discusses five such utilities.” Read more..

..as I would like to believe there still is some privacy left in the world.. But truth is, Google (already) knows more about you than your spouse does. (I would rephrase that blurb a wee bit, myself. Ahem. Such as “tough to guarantee” — try “impossible”.)

Today’s Fun Video:

Today’s quotable quote:The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

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April 3, 2015 Posted by | advice, browsers, computers, free software, Internet, privacy, security | , , , , , | Leave a comment

I may start surfing with Chrome…

I won’t use Google’s Chrome browser; but this headline has me considering switching to it. (I hope the other browsers will do the same.)

* Google boots China’s main digital certificate authority CNNIC

Google says a future update in Chrome will remove trust for all certificates from China’s main root certificate authority.Read more..

And yet more good news:
* Inexpensive table-top robots will disrupt light manufacturing

Collaborative robots for light industry are coming along at precisely the right moment. They’re primed for quick adoption, and that means big changes for small- and mid-sized manufacturers.” Read more..

[ .. I think “disrupt” has now come to mean “eliminate all jobs”. ]

* Lebanon Believed Behind Newly Uncovered Cyber Espionage Operation

Middle East, US, and other targets hit in nearly three-year-old ‘Volatile Cedar’ cyber attack campaign.Read more..

Best for last * Healthcare Is Ignoring Cyber Risk Intel, Academia Even Worse

For all of 2013 and 2014, the healthcare sector was abuzz with cyber activity invisible to most. As the weeks rolled by, the cyber event data collected and analyzed by our analytic data warehouse increasingly brought an image into sharp focus — and it was beginning to look a lot like an active radar console of the skies over Iraq circa 1991.” Read more..

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Today’s quote:The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” ~ Andy Rooney

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April 2, 2015 Posted by | browsers, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, Google, Internet, News, tech | , , , , , , | Leave a comment