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Will You Let Me Watch You All Day?

You would probably say, HELL NO! Then why do you let Google and other companies track every little thing you do online? I’d like to get you to stop using every piece of spyware, malware and tracking software today, but we have to go one step at a time.

Start Taking Baby Steps

Start using a different search engine. I personally use StartPage.com most of the time. Sometimes I use DuckDuckGo.com. They are both good. The Google Search Engine is Broken. Google started out good but they now have a political bias and agenda and their search engine is broken. It has been revealed that they are using blacklists and other techniques to influence the AI Algorithim to give the results they want you to see. Eric Shmidt has said on video that if Google Search gives more than one anwer it is broken. In addition to being broken they keep a record of eveything you search so they can build a profile on you and make money from your personal data. I refuse to participate and feed them any of my data and I encourage you to follow me and start using StartPage.com or DuckDuckGo.com

Lastpass Broken Extension

Last Pass Browser Extension Vulnerability

I recently heard about this Last Pass Vulnerability which made me think about changing the way I deal with passwords. I’ve been using Last Pass for several years now but I’m giving it a second thought. Ask yourself, Can I afford to have anyone get access to all my passwords? I used to manage all my passwords myself locally. It was a pain but I knew where my passwords where at all times and I knew they were secure. After this recent Last Pass problem I’ve decided to not use any browser extensions that are not absolutely necessary.

What Browser Extensions Do You Use?

Each browser extension is another possible attack surface. Like me you probably installed a bunch of extensions and don’t use most of them and have way to many. I’ve cut way back on the browser extensions. I’m currently only using two, UBlock Origin and HTTPS Everywhere

How Do Your Manage Your Passwords?

Currently, I visit the Last Pass website and login to get my secure password and copy and paste it into the website I’m trying to log into. It’s a bit of a pain not using the browser extension. What if the internet is not available? I’m going back to a secure local password management solution. I will be putting together a new procedure now and I’ll blog about it soon so be sure to come back soon.

NO, I Don’t Want You To Remember Anything!

I’ve also stopped allowing the browser to remember anything including passwords. Many browsers like Firefox and Chrome allow you to save and sync everything to the cloud. NO! I don’t want you to save all my history, passwords, etc… I’ve made the decision to stop using these services and control all my own data like bookmarks and passwords. I only use private browsing mode when I’m browsing the Internet and my extensions are used only to keep me more private and secure.

The Real Cost Is Your Data

I’ve personally never used Door Dash or any other food delivery service mainly because I don’t want to pay extra for my food. In fact I think the resturant should give me a discount for going to the store and picking it up myself. Did you know they pay 30% of the meal price to the delivery service?

DoorDash hack leaks data of 4.9 million customers, restaurants

I’m not concerned about my data because I’m not one of those 4.9 million customers, but you may be.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/27/doordash-hack-leaks-data-of-4point9-million-customers-restaurants.html

I can see some valid cases for using a delivery service, but for the most part I see it as being designed for lazy people. I was at a meeting recently and saw a person order fast food and have it delivered. Now keep in mind this person just drove there just like me. It’s common for people to bring food to this meeting as it’s around dinnner time. I usually stop along the way and pick up something. This person could have stopped and got out of the car and brought the food to the meeting and honestly the effort of getting out of the car and walking would not hurt their obesity issue. Needless to say, he ordered his food and paid even more money to get it delivered and maybe even had the delivery person take a little taste.

Choose The Less Convenient Option

Almost all of the problems you face with data security come as a result of choosing convenience over privacy and security. My recommendation is stop using any online service that you don’t absolutely need because your data will be leaked or stolen at some point. I’ve recently deleted my facebook and other social media accounts and recommend you do the same. I’m also using more FREE Software and encourage you to learn more about the GNU FREE Software options that are available. I started a new website called A GNU Way Of Thinking to teach people about GNU Software. If you need help reach feel free to contact me.

Are your Passwords out on the Dark Web?

Your passwords are most likely out on the Dark Web and you don’t even know it. Because of my identity theft protection I got an alert this morning telling me that my email password has been found out on the Dark Web.  If you would like to start protecting your passwords and identity from hackers and criminals schedule a time to chat with me

Medical Identity Theft Is On The Rise

Everyone thinks, why would someone want to steal my Identity because my credit is lousy or I have no money.
Cyber Criminals don’t care about how much money you have or how good your credit is. They will steal anyone’s ID and information. They hack into places that have lots of information like stores, hospitals and government databases. They don’t personally target you. They will steal the information and sell it on the black market to the highest bidder. This information is then used to create fake identities that are used to get medical care, submit fake tax returns, obtain credit, and lots of other things.