Posts for Privacy

A Future With No More Cookies

Whether we’re ready for it (or have even heard of it), the ‘cookiepocalypse’ is coming. By the end of 2023, Google and other “tech giants” are planning to end the use of third-party cookies. This massive shift in policy will have an unequivocal effect on user privacy. But as Big…

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Does Securing Your Home Mean Securing Your Privacy?

When it comes to home security, there’s no such thing as overthinking it. Although it may seem like a no-brainer to install a home security camera, using these recording devices is more complicated than it appears. This is because, with certain products, it might be impossible to protect your home…

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What “Free” Tax Prep Software Costs You

It has often been said that if something is free, you are the product. That is certainly true when it comes to “free” tax preparation software. The good news is that tax prep companies cannot automatically use the information in your tax return for any purpose other than preparing your…

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Why Your Online Reputation Matters

What do potential employers, lenders, friends, and relationship partners see when they search for your name online? Google and other search engines are often the first stop for someone who wants to learn more about a person. One employer wrote that he had an applicant with an excellent resume, but…

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IRS Transitioning from ID.me Due to Privacy and Accuracy Concerns—But it is Still Used by 27 States

As part of their efforts to stem the massive amounts of tax fraud we have seen over the last few years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) introduced a new requirement for managing your tax records online. However, they are now backing off from having taxpayers log in to their IRS…

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Are Apple AirTags Tracking You?

Are you always misplacing your keys or other items? Apple AirTags give you an easy way to locate your personal items. Just attach an AirTag to your purse, your pet or anything you want to be able to find, and you can easily locate it with an app for Apple…

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Facial Recognition, Coming Soon to a Store Near You

Smile, you’re on facial recognition camera! A number of retail businesses are now using facial recognition technology, and others are considering it.  In July 2021, digital rights non-profit Fight for the Future launched an initiative to document which retailers are using facial recognition, and which have committed to not employ…

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Should Passwords Be Complicated? Or Just Long?

You know the routine: you set up a new account and you are asked for a password. The password you choose must be suitably complex or you can let the site choose a password for you, full of numbers and special characters and impossible to remember. What if you were…

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Apple’s New Anti-Tracking Privacy Initiative

In an update to iOS 14, Apple now requires all apps to ask for explicit permission to track users across apps and websites. This means that instead of tracking only being disclosed in the terms of service that most users never read, there is now a message that appears (when…

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Credit Bureaus are Still Unsecure

The 2017 breach of the Equifax credit bureau exposed the personal information of 147 million consumers. Although that may be the best-known credit bureau security breach, it is certainly not the only one – or even the latest one. In fact, the credit bureaus still have a surprising number of…

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