Death. Taxes. Facebook. The first two you can’t avoid. And the third isn’t that much easier to escape. A long history of privacy backtracking and goofs—like a longstanding vulnerability that allowed Cambridge Analytica to harvest user’s data—has fueled plenty of “Quit Facebook!” chatter. But you’ll miss a lot if you do. “If Facebook is . . . your connection to friends and family, the place where you practice your profession or run your business, you can’t just quit,” says Gennie Gebhart, a researcher on consumer privacy and security at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Facebook pages and groups have become de-facto websites for restaurants, bars, clubs, civic and political organizations, and nonprofits. Facebook Messenger often replaces texting and email. That’s not even getting into Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp. Even if you don’t delete Facebook, there are ways to limit the ability of the social … [Read more...] about These 11 Facebook privacy tweaks put you back in control
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: June 27, 2019 at 3:56 pm | UPDATED: June 27, 2019 at 3:56 pm By Geoffrey A. Fowler | Washington Post Is your web browser spying on you? My recent column about the stark privacy differences between Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox generated a lot of conversation – and questions from readers about what you can do to avoid surveillance while you surf. The main lesson: If Google is a data vampire, Chrome is its fangs. For most people, not using a browser made by an advertising company is the simplest way to protect your data from thousands of tracking firms, including Google itself. I recommend switching to the nonprofit Firefox, which has privacy-focused default settings that automatically block tracking cookies from ad and data companies, including Google itself. Apple’s Safari and Brave (which has an ad blocker built in) are also fine choices. But I understand some people just can’t quit Chrome. Barbara Karpel of Lauderhill, … [Read more...] about Help desk: How to fight the spies in Chrome browser
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Personal Tech Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Personal Tech | He Reported on Facebook. Now He Approaches It With Caution. Supported by Tech We’re Using Nick Confessore, an investigative reporter who has written about social media and data privacy, has changed his tech habits after what he has learned. How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Nick Confessore, an investigative reporter, discussed the tech he’s using. You’ve written a lot about data privacy and the misuse of people’s online data. How do you protect your own data privacy in your work? I’m not a privacy expert, just a normal person who has done some reporting on how tech platforms handle personal data. So the answer is: I protect my privacy as well as I can — which is not very well. Most of the ecosystem of mobile … [Read more...] about He Reported on Facebook. Now He Approaches It With Caution.
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page January 11, 2019 AVIATION American Airlines stock drops, pulling down other airlines, on weaker earnings American Airlines Group Inc. tumbled more than 4 percent and pulled other carriers in its wake after saying 2018 earnings could fall short of its forecast because domestic fares were weaker than expected. Adjusted earnings will be $4.40 to $4.60 a share, the carrier said Thursday in a regulatory filing. American had forecast profit of as much as $5, and analysts had anticipated $4.62. The update compounded a bleak outlook for United States carriers as economic uncertainty threatens global demand. Delta Air Lines Inc. recently trimmed its forecast for a key gauge of pricing power and set the stage for a gloomy earnings season, which kicks off next week for the major carriers. — BLOOMBERG NEWS EMPLOYMENT Audit finds program designed for young workers hired a … [Read more...] about American Airlines stock drops, pulling down other airlines, on weaker earnings
Ah, Google Search. We love it because it can answer all our dumb questions, but fear it, because it also holds all of our questionable search history. Last week, Google released the most popular search terms in Australia. Here’s the stuff we were most interested in: Overall winners Unsurprisingly, sport reigned supreme here because ‘Straya. 1. World Cup 2. Commonwealth Games 3. Meghan Markle 4. Avicii 5. Coinspot 6. Anthony Bourdain 7. US Open Tennis 8. Mac Miller 9. Bitcoin price 10. Black Panther In the news While our obsession with the royals is apparently as strong as ever, you’ll also find a keen interest in politics and international disasters. 1. Royal Wedding 2. Thai cave rescue 3. Wentworth by-election 4. My health record 5. Beaumont children 6. Hawaii volcano 7. California fires 8. Listeria 9. US midterm elections 10. Blood moon Celebrities I’m just here for the Freddie Mercury love and Logan Paul hate. 1. Meghan Markle 2. Demi Lovato 3. Freddie … [Read more...] about Australia, this what you Googled in 2018