Windows 10 Keylogger

If you accept the defaults in Windows 10, Microsoft might be able to see everything you type If you install Windows 10 and accept its default settings (as you just try to get the job done in the shortest time possible), then you will be giving Microsoft permission to record every single keystroke you make …
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AVG to sell browsing history

AVG has re-worded its privacy policy, confirming that it will sell your browsing and search history Long-term computer support clients of mine may know that I used to recommend AVG’s free antivirus program, but that I eventually stopped doing that because I didn’t like their tactics in “persuading” (misleading?) users to install trial versions of …
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Firefox Add-ons for Online Privacy

We can make a stab at reducing the information we give away in our web browsing When my computer support clients ask me which internet browser I prefer I say “Firefox“. The main reason is that there is a wide range of “add-ons” to tweak how it works. In particular, I am interested in add-ons …
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Avoiding Websites’ “Cookie Policy” Windows

Tired of seeing the “cookie policy” over and over again? If, like me, you delete and block cookies wherever and whenever possible, you may have found that there is a downside to this – you have to keep telling websites that you have understood their cookie policy. Sometimes it is possible to ignore the “cookie …
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Doubts about LinkedIn

I’m having serious doubts about whether it’s a good idea to keep a LinkedIn account Regular readers will know that I’m no great fan of social networking sites. I think they are devious, manipulative, insecure, and can not be trusted with a tenth of the personal data that people entrust to them. Nevertheless, for about …
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NHS Medical Database – Launch Delayed

Originally set for April 2014, the launch of a plan to suck all our private medical data into one central NHS database has been put back six months See NHS database launch plans delayed. In common with many, many people and organisations, I am not convinced that access to the data will be restricted to …
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Privacy (again!)

Are our expectations regarding online privacy changing? I may be wrong about this, but in the last few weeks I seem to have noticed a weary acceptance from many of my clients that online privacy is now known to be a myth, so “why bother trying to keep private information private?” This often crops up …
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US government snooping? What about our own Snoopers Charter?

Why is our media getting upset by the NSA and not by our own Snoopers Charter? The recent storm over data privacy – The Guardian 06/06/13 – has not been caused by the US government accessing private data (it does) but by the fact that it has been receiving wholesale, comprehensive data of Verizon customers, …
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