Tech – for Everyone

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LinkedIn. Privacy. Tuesday Tidbits. Free Software.

• Last week I posted an article about the Zuckerbergs, and why Facebook users should pay special attention to their privacy settings (see, One More Reason I Don’t Facebook) and included a How To. The very day I posted that I saw a question on a forum that led me to conclude that Facebook slurps up all the phone numbers stored in your phone (when you sign in on a Blackberry/smartphone) and makes them visible.. and subject to spamming.
Which led someone to post: Facebook security help!!

“Here’s the question:  If I log into my Facebook page on someone else’s Blackberry, will their contacts automatically be synced to my Facebook contact list?  My ex boyfriend’s contact list appears in my Facebook contact list.  I used his phone one time to check my Facebook and I made sure I was logged out when done.  I have never synced my own cell phone to Facebook and he’s never had access to my computer or passwords.  Any ideas how his stuff is in there and is my Facebook secure???  HELP!!Read more..

• Today I noticed that Michael Kassner had posted a similar “privacy concern” about LinkedIn. And I am glad I read his article, as they changed the game without telling me, and opted me in. Boo! Hiss! LinkedIn: Surprise changes to defaults affect your privacy

“Do you know what Social Advertising is? If you use LinkedIn, you may already be part of it. Michael Kassner sorts out LinkedIn’s privacy policy and suggests settings you may want to change.” Read more..

(Since I do have a profile on LinkedIn, I did make those changes. Thank you Mr. Kassner!)

• Guess I ain’t the only one getting concerned: today I saw How To Remove Yourself from People Search Websites

People search services provide the general public with a dangerous amount of personal information about you. Here’s how to opt-out of most – for now. Read more..

(I strongly urge folks to read this one, even if you think it may not apply to you. In fact, I am finding this true enough about Violet Blue’s writings, that I have added her to my blogroll.)

• Speaking of smartphones.. Tips for a Malware-Free Android Smartphone

“Since more and more malware is emerging for the Android platform every day, you must pay strict attention to what is happening on your phone or tablet. Smartphones are essentially computers–and all computers are vulnerable to viruses, phishing, and other attacks from malicious software. Here are five quick tips to help you keep your Android phone or tablet free of malware.Read more..

Tails: One more distro for the privacy-conscious

Tails stands for The Amnesiac Incognito Live System — a new Linux distribution for users who want to leave no trail on the Internet.Read more..

Today’s quote: “Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.” ~ Josh Billings

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August 16, 2011 Posted by | advice, Android, computers, how to, Internet, mobile, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments