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Old 09-07-2018, 11:20 AM   #121
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. . . also . . . keep in mind that Google stores every search request you make, even if you don't have a Google account, as well as the results, by using your IP address. This data is stored for about 10 years, I believe, but anything older than a certain date is moved to some kind of archive. Needless to say, this is an incredible amount of stored data for every user everywhere in the world, for 10 years!


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Old 09-07-2018, 02:07 PM   #122
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Google doesn’t say they keep it ten years, they say they keep it as long as they can use it.

If you go to your Google account activity page, you can delete all or part of your search history. Your choice.

You can also turn off saving your activity monitoring completely, if you choose to. That includes all or some of location monitoring, search history, contact details, calendar details, etc. If you don’t want to see personalized ads, turn that feature off.

It is a little worrisome that some users don’t understand this, but it does explain why some people think their phone is spying on them if they have in fact turned on all these services and don’t know how to manage them.
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:24 PM   #123
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. . . however you have to sign up for Google to use those options!

No thanks.




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Old 09-07-2018, 04:26 PM   #124
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. . . however you have to sign up for Google to use those options!

No thanks.
So just don't use any app or web site that talks to Google. Simple, if incredibly restrictive.

But if you are ever going to do a Google search, or access any web site that has an embedded Google feature, or you share any info with anyone else that is using any such Google services, you would be better off to sign up and manage your privacy.

I find Google a lot easier to deal with in this respect than Apple. Google helps you to manage your settings. Apple seems to make it such that you often can't figure out how to do so. And not having any Facebook or similar social media services at all helps as well.
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Old 04-12-2019, 06:56 AM   #125
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This in the news this morning...

https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/11/tech/...ing/index.html

Any privacy can and may/will be invaded, that’s what I believe to be true...not necessarily legally, nor necessarily (overtly, at least) used against one, but accessed and harvested and stored...and used at will.


I got an email FedEx notification the other day, of something being delivered to my home Friday, April 12. A gift from my daughter and SIL, meant to be a surprise.

FedEx had my name, address and email address in their system, and sent me a notification it was coming.

The world we live in.

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Someone provided that to them. One thing you can do is limit what you give to whom.

Other things you can do:
Create a generic junk email address for interacting with things like fedex and never use it for banking.
Use MFA (multi factor authentication) when available and never ever re-use passwords. I have about 842 passwords, all of them different. I could not do that without a secure password manager.
I use 1Password. You remember one password and it remembers the rest. Takes a little getting used to but itís one of the best current approaches and works and synchronized across all my devices and is encrypted.

Itís the world we are in. Adapt or risk getting hacked.
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I provided it to them, for other orders delivered to me at this address.

I didnít provide it to them for this order, meant to be a surprise gift from my daughter.

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Is your phone spying on you?

If the phone is totally off itís difficult but not impossible depending on the phone. The only way you are really safe is with a dead battery in the phone.
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use a VPN on all your devices. we use PIA (WIN, IOS, android support and covers 5 devices )

as well on an android phone , use GSM SPY finder.

This alerts you when a fake cell tower is acting as Man-in-the-middle
all governments use them.
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If the phone is totally off itís difficult but not impossible depending on the phone. The only way you are really safe is with a dead battery in the phone.
The latest LGB470👍, it is off...until I need to make a call.
If I did remove the battery, I'd most likely lose it.😂

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Is your phone spying on you?

Real Privacy is, unfortunately, a thing of the distant past. Too many gadgets tracking all of us. We wonít talk about all the scam phone calls either. I just let them go to voicemail, if no voicemail I ignore them. If itís a bogus deal, the number goes to the ďtheyíll never be missedĒ list.

It will be interesting to see what Congress comes up with. The last FTC Ďdo not call listí is useless.

Apparently the phone companies like the profits from the scammers, and it will take more stiff laws to shut the robot callers down. The overseas ones are particularly hard to stop. Of course if you see a call from a Caribbean island, you can usually bet itís a scam of some sort.

iPhone caller ID helps some. It checks my contact list to tell me who it might be. I usually get suspicious if the call is from my personal number, however. That has happened on spoofed calls occasionally.
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Real Privacy is, unfortunately, a thing of the distant past. Too many gadgets tracking all of us. We wonít talk about all the scam phone calls either. I just let them go to voicemail, if no voicemail I ignore them. If itís a bogus deal, the number goes to the ďtheyíll never be missedĒ list.

It will be interesting to see what Congress comes up with. The last FTC Ďdo not call listí is useless.

Apparently the phone companies like the profits from the scammers, and it will take more stiff laws to shut the robot callers down. The overseas ones are particularly hard to stop. Of course if you see a call from a Caribbean island, you can usually bet itís a scam of some sort.

iPhone caller ID helps some. It checks my contact list to tell me who it might be. I usually get suspicious if the call is from my personal number, however. That has happened on spoofed calls occasionally.
Or you can play it to mess with their data. I use different browsers for social stuff vs shopping. Sometimes different machines. Sometimes I'll search for specific things that go against my demographic using the same browser I use for social media just to verify the impact of ads. I NEVER log in to google and any other service with the same browser, and clean out cookies fairly regularly.
I have a Pi based tablet, and I'm ok with throwing a new image on it and taking it to a public wifi spot ... maybe running Kali.
Sometimes I leave the phone at home, and have thought about sending it on trips without me, pinging away with bogus data for hours on end.
And I beacon out APRS packets while travelling to debase the currency of information

Because the internet watches you means there are some ways you can exploit their assumptions. Primarily their assumption we're all lazy snd consistent.
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Mmm-hmmmm...what did I say?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/techn...=.bd59bedbb45e

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Yep. As one of the resident paranoids this does not surprise....
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I have started using the Brave browser.

https://brave.com/

"Much more than a browser, Brave is a new way of thinking about how the web works. Brave is open source and built by a team of privacy focused, performance oriented pioneers of the web."

Watch the video on the site for more information...
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From the Washington Post today...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/techn...=.5887752c8443

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