February 1st, 2023

Even our government is making money off of your personal data. Sure, it’s legal, but is it right? You likely know that mega businesses, such as Amazon, social media and search engine companies, collect vast amounts of data about us. That’s so they can target their goods and services more precisely to customers. It’s all in the name of helping advertisers reach specific audiences and demographics. And… Continue reading >

January 19th, 2023

Ever wonder how the pros—the privacy pros, the people who make a career out of studying digital privacy—live? Consumer Reports put out a piece at the end of last year that gives a glimpse into the lives of the experts. Do they use Alexa? Is their home completely wired? Some good tips in here, including (gasp!) using an alias to sign up for services and discounts. Continue reading >

January 13th, 2023

An interesting review of the latest CES expo in Las Vegas by the Washington Post shows the companies introducing the latest tech devices don’t care about your privacy. CES is the country’s biggest annual trade show for the tech industry. It’s where the latest products and services are introduced to the world. And according to the Washington Post reporter who attended the most recent CES, personal privacy is on the back-est of the back burners. Yikes. Continue reading >

December 27th, 2022

Every year we make New Year’s resolutions. Sometimes we succeed, often we don’t. Either way, resolutions can be useful. They indicate an awareness that something about the way we live needs to change. For many of us, the way we use technology—smartphones, fitness trackers, social media—needs to change. So here are a handful of resolutions aimed at improving our relationship with tech. They’ve got two things going for them: they’re important… Continue reading >

January 6th, 2023

Remember those “This is your brain on drugs” ads with the egg in the frying pan? The New York Times has an interesting article out about research exploring how the heavy use of social media can affect teens’ brains. As one of the researchers put it, “teens who are habitually checking their social media are showing these pretty dramatic changes in the way their brains are responding, which could potentially have long-term consequences well into adulthood, sort… Continue reading >

January 4th, 2023

They’re tracking your days. Now they want to track your nights, too. At bedtime, the last thing you should have to think about is a large, multinational corporation bent on keeping track of your activity while you slumber. But in this era of permanent connection, in which personal data is the new currency, surveillance is a round-the-clock concern. Amazon’s Halo Rise is the latest effort to collect and monetize information… Continue reading >

December 22nd, 2022

Heroes might be a strong word, but hats off to the young, self-proclaimed Luddites recently featured in the New York Times. They’re experimenting with living without smartphones or social media and exploring the world without an every-present digital sidekick. “Social media and phones are not real life,” says one of them. Flip phones, books, and in-the-flesh friends, these Luddites say, are. We’re not trying to convince anyone to ditch their iPhones altogether, but it’s refreshing to read… Continue reading >

December 8th, 2022

The state of Indiana is suing TikTok, claiming the social media platform puts inappropriate content in front of kids and shares personal data with the Chinese government. There are plenty of reasons to be wary of TikTok. This latest development shows officials in at least one state agree: TikTok is no good for kids. Continue reading >

December 2nd, 2022

Here’s a quick tip on how NOT to make your wish list this holiday season. Don’t send links. If you’ve got a bunch of gift ideas to share with someone, write them down. Type them out. Talk about it. But don’t send an email or text full of links. Here’s why. You scour the internet for the things you want to buy for the holidays. Your partner does the same. Your kids, online natives… Continue reading >

November 25th, 2022

It can be wild out there, with a galaxy of websites competing for your dollars and data. Here are seven quick tips to make your Black Friday and Cyber Monday safe(r). Be skeptical. If a deal looks too good, it probably is. Move on. Use a VPN. If you’re visiting more sites than usual, you’re also leaving more footprints than usual, scattering your personal all over the internet. A VPN will help… Continue reading >
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