Privacy and Security News and Tips 20160531

Everyone complains about the weather, but nobody ever seems to do anything about it. — Willard Scott

Weekly Tip

Protecting your Personally Identifiable InformationThis month we have seen record rainfall in Texas, tornadoes in Kansas and Colorado, and earthquakes around the world. With these unpredictable acts of nature we have seen of late I thought I would talk about how we can prepare our digital lives for some of the more unforeseeable events.

Having a comprehensive backup plan in place should be at the forefront of everyone’s thoughts in today’s ever-changing and growing digital world. Local backups are great for the ease, time, cost, and convenience with which we can create and access them, but they are limiting in a disaster situation. Online or offsite backups are the next, and most logical solution to continued access and availability of our data. The costs have come down, and with the widespread availability of high speed internet access in our homes we cannot afford to not consider them as part of our comprehensive solution. Each online provider has their pros and cons, and should be researched to find what suits your needs.

Don’t look at your backup solution as only necessary for natural disasters, but to eliminate so many potential issues from theft, fire,or flood, to equipment failure, redundancy and ultimately piece-of-mind as we rely more and more on our digital data everyday.

Interesting News

Causes of data loss and some statistics

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Thinking Inside the Box

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Privacy and Security News and Tips 20160517

When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else. — David Brin

Weekly Tip

Protecting your Personally Identifiable InformationThis week we saw news about Google deprecating Flash in Chrome except for a chosen few websites. We also saw news of Microsoft inserting more ads onto our Start menus in Windows 10 as well as automatically scheduling our computers to upgrade to Windows 10 whether or not you want to upgrade. Finally, we have seen the headlines about Facebook censoring the news to fit their agenda.

You DO NOT have to accept this. It is your right to have a browser that does not run Flash at all (Firefox), and to not be indexed and branded. As for the Windows 10 upgrade, there are ways to still be able to run non-Windows 10 versions if you want to or need to. With all of the privacy and security issues we know about in Windows 10, I would not recommend upgrading until or unless those issues are fixed.

Now, as for the news, as Americans it is our inalienable right to free speech, and as such we should demand a fair and impartial delivery of the news no matter our political, social, or philosophical leanings. Seek out such news outlets, gather your news from the source if possible, use multiple avenues, do as you must to be informed and educated about the country and world around you so that you can make informed decisions. Demand the same of everyone you know and even those you don’t. The more informed we are as a populous, the better equipped we are to stand up for our rights and to demand the best for ourselves.

Interesting News

Academics Make Theoretical Breakthrough in Random Number Generation

How hackers smooth-talked their way past the security of a power company

Google to block Flash on Chrome, only 10 websites exempt

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