Tech Talk

Beware of Micro-Stealing

One of the latest developments in cybersecurity is the advent of microstealing. Criminals are planting software that uses your computer hardware to accomplish tasks.

The criminals may add software to a site, so when you read the news, a script runs in the background that mines cryptocurrency. The criminals earn a little money from each person who visits the site.

It does affect the person who they use the computing power from, since the computer uses more electricity and may perform other operations slower than normal.

GDPR is going to affect us all

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted by the European Union (EU) in April 2016. The GDPR requires that businesses protect EU Citizens’ privacy and personal data on transactions that take place in the EU.

The GDPR is going to start being enforced May 25, 2018. Companies are required to protect an individual’s IP address, browser cookie, and RFID tags in the same manner as they would secure that person’s name, address and Social Security number.

It is nearly impossible to remain anonymous online

In Privacy laws and cyber-security the term Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is used to refer to information that can be used to identify, locate or contact an individual. This can be your name, phone number, social security number, address or other information that can be combined to identify you. PII is a legal term more than a technical term.

Fact Check Labels

One of the new additions to the search aggregator Google News, Bing News, and others is a new fact check label. They are using a select group of news sites and including their articles marked as fact checks.

Fact checking can be very subjective, since often the statements are not purely measurable. To determine true or false, there is interpretation that is required to arrive at something that is measurable. This interpretation of the statement and distilling it down into something that can be verified is an area where these fact checkers fail.

Cutting the cable cord

The price of cable has increased significantly over the years. Many cable bills are north of $200 a month, but that also includes phone and Internet. This means that customers can save around a $100 a month by cutting the cord.

Depending on your viewing habits, dropping cable may or may not be a major sacrifice. If you watch movies and older TV shows you may be able to replace cable with Netflix or Amazon Prime. These services usually cost around $10 a month depending on the options chosen.

Fine-tuning online search options

It use to be if you wanted to find a local business you would grab the phone book and look up their name or their category. If you wanted a plumber you would look under plumbers and chose one of the listing to call. The business could buy a larger listing (ad) in the yellow pages to stand out. You would pick one of the business under the plumbing listings and call them.