Working on your privacy

Two things you can do without going any further are switching off bluetooth unless you need it and turning off location if you  don’t need it. Location is still detected via Google but  you  do not need to go out of your way to tell everyone where you are. Turn location on when you really need it. For some reason my Linux Mint 17.2 has bluetooth on by default. For privacy’s sake it should be the other way around.

Now for some links which will help you to make some good decisions about privacy and know how to manage it:

Lifewire has 10 things for you to look at to help improve your privacy.

spreadprivacy has tips for iPad and iPhone users.

wired   has tips for managing privacy on android devices.

PC Mag has some good information to help you manage Google privacy.

The video gives you security information about Safari.

On websites and accounts you use, check your settings. Look at the privacy policy for the websites and accounts. None of this is perfect at the moment. Privacy and security are ongoing issues. You also need to be prepared to let key people know what you think are acceptable and unacceptable terms of privacy. If they don’t know they will do what they think is right.



Get your Gmail settings out

GmailIf you have a Gmail or Google ID you might want to read the post at Ed’s Blogue on the privacy settings so that you are not automatically running a Google + account. Ed is very helpful when it comes to being alert to what is going on behind the scenes on devices and often writes posts which tell you how to fix the problem. His post shows you clearly how to alter your settings so you don’t automatically have a Google + account. Integrating the sorts of sites Google integrates is a massive task, so if you are on Gmail, Blogger, YouTube, TweetDeck and you have a Google ID you will be aware that Google tries to simplify going from one online community to the other. It can be helpful Chrome will preserve all your bookmarks and settings so you can log in on any computer and Chrome will run YOUR browser. Having one ID for a number of sites can be handy and then big companies like Google try to both advance their products by helping you join their version of whatever it is and also help you move between their products. In doing that you might get something you didn’t want. I don’t want a Google + account but my YouTube stuff is being pushed by my Google + account and some people have “found” me on the Net in a nice way because my Google + account exists. I never visit it and I never go there and I need to think if it is a problem for me or not. I can only say what I have said before. When you belong to a site, make a habit of checking the settings on a reasonably regular basis.

Is it a hoax?

magnifying glass Image : clckr Well, is it a hoax? We all wondered if Samsung really had paid Apple a billion dollars + in coins. Living the dream. Some people applied their knowledge and worked out it could not be possible for this reason and that reason. Their thinking was well founded. Most of us would rather someone just told us if it were a hoax or not. That’s why I use Snopes. It has up to date information about the misinformation on the Net. it gets the facts. It gets current input and then sets the picture straight. One of the latest hoaxes is a Facebook status update telling you that all your past private conversations are now appearing on your timeline. I checked and nothing private of mine has been published. Just the stuff which was originally on my wall in that year is still there. I then checked Snopes and they do have an article about it. If you want to remove past information which was published on your wall then you follow what it says in the status update:

There’s an easy fix–when you’re in your own timeline, just click on the year on the right (2007, 2008, 2009) and you’ll see a box with a bunch of friends’ messages and a header that says 89 people have written on so-and-so’s timeline–hover over the right until you see the pencil, click and select hide from timeline. Do that for each year.

You’ll see the little pencil on the right as you hover. Snopes is a handy way of keeping up with those sorts of privacy issues too as is regularly checking your settings on the sites you belong to.

Adjust your Facebook privacy settings

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When the new Facebook timeline is rolled out every post, status update and photo you posted will be searchable to your friends. It may or may not bother you. For more information and then some sensible advice about managing this, please read this PC Advisor article. You will have one week to make the adjustments so be sure to work out what you plan to do.

Facebook is publishing Phone Numbers

EVERYONES PHONE NUMBER IS NOW PUBLISHED ON FACEBOOK!! . Go to the top right of your screen, click Account then Edit Friends. Go to the left side of your screen and click Phonebook. You will now see all your friends’ phone numbers. Please repost to let your friends know this is happening so they can remove their numbers. You do this by changing your privacy settings. (Privacy Settings-Phone-Customize- select Only ME in dropdown box)

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