Online privacy: Best browsers, settings, and tips

Credit to Author: Galen Gruman| Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2020 03:00:00 -0800

“You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it,” Scott McNealy said of online privacy back in 1999, a view the former CEO of the now-defunct Sun Microsystems reiterated in 2015. Despite the hue and cry his initial remarks caused, he’s been proven largely correct.

Where mainstream mobile browsers differ in privacy settings

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Prop 24 passes in California, will change data privacy law

Credit to Author: David Ruiz| Date: Thu, 05 Nov 2020 14:12:05 +0000

Prop 24, which will change California’s current data privacy law, received firm support in the Golden State this week, likely sailing into passage.

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The New Normal: When work-from-home means the boss is watching

Credit to Author: Matthew Finnegan| Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2020 03:00:00 -0700

In the midst of a pandemic that’s led to unprecedented levels of remote working, digital tools to monitor employees in real time are gaining popularity among companies looking for new ways to track employee productivity. At the same time, the trend raises concerns about employee privacy and how far companies should be allowed to go to keep tabs on their workers.

Applications such as StaffCop, Teramind, Hubstaff, CleverControl, and Time Doctor include real-time activity tracking, can take screenshots of workers’ computers at regular intervals, do keystroke logging, and record screens. In some cases, the tracking tools can be installed without the knowledge of employees. Companies say they’re focused on transparency and productivity, but privacy groups decry draconian “Big Brother” moves made possible by technology. (Computerworld reached out to several of the vendors for comment; they either did not return messages or could not provide someone to discuss their software.)

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A phenomenal Android privacy feature you probably forget to use

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020 08:51:00 -0700

It’s amazing how many useful Android features get buried in the operating system and then forgotten over time.

When you stop and think about it, it’s also kind of inevitable: With every passing year, Android grows increasingly robust and complex, as more advanced options make their way into the software. So it’s only logical that certain elements will become out of sight and out of mind and get lost in the shuffle somewhere along the way.

One such item jumped out at me the other day, triggering an immediate “AHAH!” in this rusty ol’ noggin of mine as I remembered its existence and then scolded myself for forgetting to use it all this time. It’s a little somethin’ called Android Guest Mode, and it first showed up way back in the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) era of 2014.

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Caught in the payment fraud net: when, not if?

Credit to Author: Christopher Boyd| Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2020 17:00:00 +0000

Will we be stuck with payment fraud forever? Come with us as we explore what can go wrong, and why you shouldn’t blame yourself if you suffer a loss.

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