Tech Tips: Windows 10 Privacy Settings Worth Checking

Some critics complain that Microsoft hasn’t been more up front about all the ways Windows 10 collects user information!
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Microsoft’s new Windows 10 system offers more personalization than before, but it also collects more data than people might be used to on PCs, from contacts and appointments to their physical location and even Wi-Fi passwords.
Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/tech-tips-windows-10-privacy-settings-worth-checking-33446586
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Browsers and privacy: Pay attention to what you search for

Everyone should ask themselves two simple questions when using their web browser or search engine: where is the information being stored and am I happy with this practice?
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Internet browsers are like sports teams. Every IT department and individual has an opinion on which one is the best, and personal preferences often comes down to long standing allegiances.
In the browser’s case, this is due to personal preference or ease of IT administration. Search privacy is not always top of the agenda, but should it be?
Read more: http://betanews.com/2015/08/27/browsers-and-privacy-pay-attention-to-what-you-search-for/
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What Does Spotify’s New Privacy Policy Actually Say, And Should I Be Worried?

The combination of seeming to add a dramatic and invasive new set of permissions to their apps, in a week when privacy concerns and hacks are already the top headline, set off an angry internet firestorm!
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Spotify has basically run away with the music market over the last couple of years, boasting over 75 million active users. But the popular streaming service this week ticked off a bunch of those customers this week when it updated its privacy policy and user terms and conditions. And their timing couldn’t have been worse…
Read more: http://consumerist.com/2015/08/21/what-does-spotifys-new-privacy-policy-actually-say-and-should-i-be-worried/
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Snowden reveals the NSA used AT&T to spy on internet traffic

The astonishing relationship between the National Security Agency and the telecoms company goes far beyond any sort of arrangement or co-operation that came from other firms.
Snowden reveals the NSA used AT&T to spy on internet traffic
The NSA has been helped by AT&T for decades in spying on huge quantities of internet traffic new-disclosed documents reveal.
The astonishing relationship between the National Security Agency and the telecoms company goes far beyond any sort of arrangement or co-operation that came from other firms.
Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2015/08/17/snowden-reveals-nsa-used-att-spy-internet-traffic/
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Firefox private browsing test keeps more of your data off-limits

Mozilla reckons that it’s ultimately better to keep you off sites’ radars by default.
Firefox's experimental Private Browsing feature
Numerous browsers have a private mode to prevent local users from learning too much about your web habits, but what about preventing the sites themselves from tracking what you’re doing? Mozilla thinks it can help. It just released a pre-beta version of Firefox whose updated, experimental Private Browsing mode blocks web elements that could track your behavior, such as analytic tools and social network services. While the measure could break some sites, Mozilla reckons that it’s ultimately better to keep you off sites’ radars by default.
Read more: http://www.engadget.com/2015/08/15/firefox-private-browsing-experiment/
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Where did the principle of secrecy in correspondence go?

The modern internet economy in many ways evolved out of a casual disregard for secrecy and privacy!
28th May 1951:  A worker operates the switchboard at the Central Telegraph Station in Electra House, London, the largest telegraph station in the world.
In the age of surveillance, it is easy to forget that governments weathered robust privacy protections for centuries. But secrecy is central to the vitality of democracy.
Privacy as a legal construct is relatively recent. Until Samuel Warren and Louis Brandeis penned their famous 1890 essay “The Right to Privacy”, private information was protected from disclosure and surveillance by another name: the secrecy of correspondence. Perhaps ironically, the right to secrecy has long been considered sacrosanct – both in domestic and international communications – a fundamental precondition for the honest and free flow of ideas and information and the development of a mature international political system. The right to have secrets, despite centuries of legal lineage and a firm grounding in democratic theory…
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/aug/12/where-did-the-principle-of-secrecy-in-correspondence-go
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Ad blocking has grown 41% in the past year and it’s costing publishers tens of billions of dollars

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The number of consumers using ad blocking software worldwide has increased 41% year-on-year to 198 million monthly active users, according to a report published Monday by PageFair and Adobe.
While that figure may only represent 6% of the global web population, ad blocking is expected to cost publishers more than $21.8 billion in 2015 in lost revenue. That represents 14% of global ad spend. By 2016, PageFair and Adobe predict the global cost of ad blocking to rise to $41.4 billion.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/pagefair-and-adobe-2015-ad-blocking-report-2015-8
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Scottish Government knew of police spying on journalists allegations

Police Scotland and the Scottish Government were under immense pressure last week to make a statement on the issue.
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FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has known for over a month about allegations that Police Scotland unlawfully used its spying powers in a bid to identify journalists’ sources.
The Scottish Government had the breach confirmed by the single force before a watchdog produced its report into illegal snooping on reporters.
Labour has called on the First Minister to “come clean” over the Scottish Government’s involvement regarding allegations that Police Scotland has been involved in illegal spying on journalists.
Read more: http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/13583722.Scottish_Government_knew_of_police_spying_on_journalists_allegations/
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Hornet gives wings to Onion privacy technlogy

European researchers may have stumbled upon a new anonymised internet browser that is like Tor on rocket fuel!
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European researchers may have stumbled upon a new anonymised internet browser that is like Tor on rocket fuel.
Hornet, or high-speed onion routing at the network layer to give it its full name, can move internet traffic at some 93Gbps and still offer the same level of protection as the sluggish Tor network…
Read more: http://www.techradar.com/news/internet/web/hornet-gives-wings-to-onion-privacy-technlogy-1300231
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Foil Electronic Pickpockets with Aluminum Foil or Multiple Credit Cards

Using a tin foil wallet or wrapping the card itself in foil, prevented credit card theft!Foil Electronic Pickpockets with Aluminum Foil or Multiple Credit Cards
A new kind of thievery or, at least, potential for fraud is on the rise: Criminals who can steal your credit card data by walking by you with electronic scanners, maybe even with their mobile phones. It’s easy, however, to protect yourself.
The new threat exists because of the radio-frequency identification chips (RFID) or Near Field Communication (NFC) chips that are starting to be embedded in credit and debit cards.
Read more: http://lifehacker.com/5896785/foil-electronic-pickpockets-with-aluminum-foil-or-multiple-credit-cards
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