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Held for Ransom

He’s not a hacker, he’s a stock photo model

Today’s blog is at Safer Computing, about how your data can be held for ransom, and what you can do about it.

Ransomware

Ads Get Worse

Today’s post is over at Safer Computing, about how online ads just get worse and worse.

Antisocial Media

Photo: NYTimes

The Senate report on social media influence in the 2016 election is out and… it’s bad.  To compare the 2016 election cycle to a Pearl Harbor-type attack via the internet would not be extreme.  In fact, it would put you in good company, such as with the New York Times.

Click it!  You know you want to.

It’s hard to know what to do about this that’s effective.  Encourage everyone you know to vet news sources.  The Times (NY and LA alike), the Post, CNN and MSNBC are still showing me some commitment to reporting reality and not propaganda.  Even the WSJ is OK if you just avoid its editorial page, which is basically the reincarnated spirit of Ayn Rand.

And get the hell off Facebook, finally.  In fact, pretty much all “social media” is vulnerable to this influence, so using it in any way as a source of news is completely insane.

Breaches

Today’s post is over at Safer Computing, about data breaches and what they mean to you.

Uptime 3: Climate Change

Today’s post is back over at Safer Computing, about climate control for your electron-guzzlers.

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