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Gord Campbell: The Galloping Geek!
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This just in from the New York Times. Android is very good at asking your specific permission for apps to do things with your privacy. It’s a really good idea to pay attention to these requests and deny the ones that don’t make sense. The start-up…
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In September 2016, Yahoo! announced that their servers had been hacked into three prior and estimated 500,000,000 (yes, 500 million) accounts had been compromised. At the time, the company blamed foreign governments and two Russian nationals have since…
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I’m a geek, but you already know that. 🙂   I’ve had a weather station in the side yard for just over 5 years. It’s a cheap one that I got at Costco for around $100. It collects a ton of data, but it requires a USB connection to a PC or Mac to do ……
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Backups. Backups, backups, backups. Always keep and maintain current backups. Otherwise, what will you do when this happens? That’s bad enough, but this also appeared at the same time: The first thing I do when a I’m working on a machine is to pop out the…
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To put it bluntly: everything. When I started this page and the company behind it, I was feeling cheeky and thought “Galloping geek is perfect! It’s what i do, right?!” Sure, it’s funny and describes me and the way I tear around from issue to issue, but…
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There’s word this morning about a serious issue with GMail accounts and a new phishig attack. It’s extremely effective and teh attackers are using compromised accounts as soon as they have credentials. Be careful out there. A new phishing technique that…
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Today in “OMG! Panic!” I present Andrew Griffin’s piece in The Independent. It’s not new, but it’s exactly common knowledge:   Google could have a record of everything you have said around it for years, and you can listen to it yourself. The company…
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An excellent piece from Quartz on understanding the terms of service that we’re required to agree to when we sign up for a social media account. This would be a great thing for someone to do for every service, not just Instagram. A 13-year old who tried…
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We’ll take this opportunity to point out that voice-command purchasing is enabled by default on Alexa devices. Well, that sounds extraordinarily dumb. Not entirely surprising, though. Somebody just didn’t think through the consequences. If you have one of…
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Now this is impressive. The NES Classic console was a big hit at Christmas and why wouldn’t it be? Bring back a beloved game system, pre-loaded with 30 games, for only $80? Ninetendo said that they had no intention of releasing any additional games for…
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