CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, scam alert, June 17, 2019

June 17, 2019

Scam Alert

 

Hi there!  It’s Donna and thank you for allowing me to come into your inbox.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to my scam alert.

 

A scam alert

You are being invoiced

 

This alert is for those who buy and sell products and services on the Internet.

You receive an email telling you that you need to take care of an invoice and if you do not recognize the sender, then please delete.

 

Or if you are very sure that you do not need to take care of payment for any invoice, then you need to delete this email as quickly as you can.

 

If you make the mistake to reply then you have just compromised your email and then the trouble starts.  How could this be?  Very simple!

 

If you reply to this email to let them know that they have the wrong person, they will simply use your email address to start doing research on you.  You would be amazed to know what results the  Internet can yield when it comes to giving out info on you based on your email.

 

Another path for these so-called hackers and scammers to use would be to now take your email address and to start sending you emails that are loaded with attachments that can potentially cause great damage to your system.

 

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Yes, Alexa, Siri, and Google are listening — 6 ways to stop devices from recording you by Janet Perez, Komando.com

Yes, Alexa, Siri, and Google are listening — 6 ways to stop devices from recording you

komando.com

 

Yes, Alexa, Siri, and Google are listening — 6 ways to stop devices from recording you

Janet Perez, Komando.com

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Seems like we owe the tinfoil hat club a big apology. Yes, there are eyes and ears everywhere in just about any large city in the world. Here in the good,

old U-S-of-A, our smartphones, tablets, computers, cars, voice assistants and cameras are watching and listening to you.

 

We don’t know what is more troubling — that these devices keep track of us or that we shrug our shoulders and say, “Oh well?” That attitude of surrender

may stem from an overwhelming sense of helplessness. ”

Technology is everywhere.

Why fight it?”

 

Truth is, it’s not a fight. It’s a series of tap-or-click settings, which we’ll walk you through.

 

You can take control of what your devices hear and record, and it’s not that hard. We have 6 ways to help you turn off and tune out Alexa, Siri, and Google,

as well as smartphones, third-party apps, tablets, and computers.

 

How to stop Alexa from listening to you

 

Weeks after the public discovered that Alexa, and by extension Echo devices

are always listening,

Amazon announced a

new Alexa feature that’s already available.

It allows you to command the voice assistant to delete recent commands. Just say, “Alexa, delete everything I said today.”

 

Sounds great, but there’s still the problems of Alexa always listening and your old recordings. Let’s tackle the old recordings first. Unless the delete

command is expanded to include all recordings, you still have to remove old files manually. Here’s what to do:

 

list of 4 items

  1. Open the Alexa app and go into the “Settings” section.
  2. Select “History” and you’ll see a list of all the entries.
  3. Select an entry and tap the Delete button.
  4. If you want to delete all the recordings with a single click, you must visit the “Manage Your Content and Devices” page at amazon.com/mycd.

list end

 

As for Alexa and Echo devices always listening, well you could turn off each of the devices, but then what’s the point of having them? The real issue is

that we discovered Amazon employees around the world are listening to us and making transcriptions.

 

Here’s how to stop that:

 

list of 7 items

  1. Open the Alexa app on your phone.
  2. Tap the menu button on the top left of the screen.
  3. Select “Settings” then “Alexa Account.”
  4. Choose “Alexa Privacy.”
  5. Select “Manage how your data improves Alexa.”
  6. Turn off the toggle next to “Help Develop New Features.”
  7. Turn off the toggle next to your name under “Use Messages to Improve Transcriptions.”

list end

 

For extra privacy, there’s also a way to mute the Echo’s mics. To turn the Echo’s mic off, press the microphone’s off/on button at the top of the device.

Whenever this button is red, the mic is off. To reactivate it, just press the button again and it will turn blue.

 

How to stop Siri from recording what you say

 

Alexa isn’t the only nosey assistant. Don’t forget the ones on your iPhones and Androids. On your iPhone,

“Hey Siri” is always on

waiting to receive your command to call someone or send a text message, etc. Apple says your iPhone’s mic is always on as it waits for the “Hey Siri”

command, but swears it is not recording.

 

If it still makes you nervous, you don’t have to disable Siri completely to stop the “Hey Siri” feature. On your iPhone, go to Settings >> Siri & Search >>

toggle off “Listen for Hey Siri.”

 

Note: “Hey Siri” only works for iPhone 6s or later. iPhone 6 or earlier has to be plugged in for the “Hey Siri” wake phrase to work.

 

How to delete your recordings from Google Assistant

 

Google Assistant has the

“OK Google” wake-up call,

but the company introduced the My Account tool that lets you access your recordings and delete them if you want. You can also tell Google to stop recording

your voice for good.

 

Here’s how to turn off the “OK Google” wake phrase: On Android, go to Settings >> Google >> Search & Now >> Voice and turn “Ok Google” detection off.

 

How to control third-party apps that record you

 

Even if you do all these steps for your Apple and Android devices, third-party apps you download could have their own listening feature. Case in point:

Facebook (although it denies it. But it’s still a good practice to check to see if third-party apps are listening).

 

Here’s how to stop Facebook from listening to you:

 

If you are an iPhone user, go to Settings >> Facebook >> slide the toggle next to Microphone to the left so it turns from green to white.

 

Or, you can go to Settings >> Privacy >> Microphone >> look for Facebook and slide the toggle next to it to the left to turn off the mic. You can toggle

the mic on and off for other apps this way, too.

 

For Android users go to Settings >> Applications >> Application Manager >> look for Facebook >> Permissions >> turn off the mic.

 

Tricks to disable screen recorders on tablets

 

Certain Apple iPads have the phone’s “Hey Siri” wake-up command feature. They are the 2nd-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Other iPad

and iPad Touch models have to be plugged in for the “Hey Siri” wake phrase to work.

 

The bad news for privacy seekers is that iPads come with a screen recording feature that also records audio.  It may pose issues in terms of both privacy

and security.

 

You can disable the screen recording feature through another feature, “Screen Time”:

 

list of 4 items

  1. Open the Settings app, and then tap Screen Time. On the Screen Time panel, tap “Content & Privacy Settings.”
  2. Tap “Content Restrictions.” If you don’t see this option, turn on the switch next to “Content & Privacy Restrictions” to unhide it.
  3. Under “Game Center,” tap “Screen Recording.”
  4. Tap “Don’t Allow” and then exit the Settings app. The screen recording control should no longer work, even if it is enabled within the Control Center.

list end

 

Screen Time is available in iOS 12 and above. If you are still using iOS 11 or iOS 10 on your iPhone or iPad, the above steps can be found under Settings

>> General >> Restrictions.

 

Android tablets also can record video and audio. However, you have to use a third-party app to disable the camera.

 

On your Android device, go to the Play Store, then download and install the app called “Cameraless.”

 

list of 5 items

  1. Once installed, launch the app from your app drawer.
  2. On the app’s main menu, tap the option for “Camera Manager On/Off.” By default, the camera manager is set to “Off,” so you need to enable the app first

as one of your device administrators before you can switch it “On.”

  1. Once your camera manager is “On,” just tap the option for “Disable camera” then wait until the notice disappears on your screen.
  2. Once you’re done, just close the app then go to your tablet’s camera icon.
  3. If successfully disabled, you’ll immediately get a notice that your device camera has been disabled due to security policy violations. This is the notice

that you’ll get from the “Cameraless” app. If you click “OK” you’ll be taken back to your home screen.

list end

 

Desktop and laptops are watching and listening too

Computer monitor and keyboard

 

We’ve been warned for years about hackers taking control of cameras on your computer screen. No need for elaborate instructions on disabling and enabling

the camera. Just slap a sticker on it and only remove it if you have to use Skype. Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest ones.

 

Unfortunately, you do have to root around your computer a bit to turn off mics.

 

For PCs running Windows 10, the process is actually quite painless. Right-click on the “Start Button” and open “Device Manager.” In the “Device Manager”

window, expand the audio inputs and outputs section and you will see your microphone listed as one of the interfaces. Right-click on “Microphone” and select

“Disable.” You’re done.

 

For Macs, there are two methods depending on how old your operating system is. For Macs with newer operating systems:

 

list of 5 items

  1. Launch “System Preferences” from the Apple menu in the upper left corner.
  2. Click on the “Sound” preference panel.
  3. Click on the “Input” tab.
  4. Drag the “Input volume” slider all the way to the left so it can’t pick up any sound.
  5. Close “System Preferences.”

list end

 

If you have an older operating system, use this method:

 

list of 5 items

  1. Launch the “System Preferences.”
  2. Click on “Sound.”
  3. Click on the “Input” tab.
  4. Select “Line-in.”
  5. Close System Preferences

list end

 

Now you know how to take control of your devices and how they listen and record you. It’s a pretty simple way to get your privacy back, at least some of

it.

 

Stop Facebook’s targeted advertising by changing your account settings

 

Let me be frank: I only keep a Facebook account to engage with listeners of my national radio show. I don’t use my personal account. I stepped away from

the social media platform, and I never looked back.

 

Click here to read more about Facebook advertising.

 

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CCB Tech Articles, Donna’s Low Tech Tips, Lets Talk Tips Newsletter, February 4, 2019

February 04 2019

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Today, I’d like to introduce you to my free monthly newsletter.

Tips on technology, media, business, neutrition, and advocacy.

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This month in Let’s Talk Tips:

 

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#Technology

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1.) VR Roller Skates

Do you want to really, physically walk around in virtual reality? Is an omnidirectional treadmill too bulky for your taste? A giant hamster ball too confining? Redirected walking too trippy? An empty warehouse too expensive? If so, we’ve got good news: Google is trying to patent a design for VR roller skates.

http://bit.ly/2RacCE0

 

2.) Your Time on Facebook

Fifteen weeks after Facebook announced its “Your Time on Facebook” tool that counts how many minutes you spend on the app, the feature is finally rolling out around the world. Designed to help you manage your social networking, the dashboard reveals how many minutes you’ve spent on Facebook’s app on that device each day for the past week and on average.

https://tcrn.ch/2r3t7WY

 

3.) LockedIn

LinkedIn has cut off email address exports with a new privacy setting. A win for privacy on LinkedIn could be a big loss for businesses, recruiters and anyone else expecting to be able to export the email addresses of their connections. LinkedIn just quietly introduced a new privacy setting that defaults to blocking other users from exporting your email address.

https://tcrn.ch/2DCJdhQ

 

4.) How to Get Air Quality Info on iPhone with Weather

The iPhone Weather app can offer information about the air quality at specific locations, including an Air Quality summary and an Air Quality Index score rating.

http://bit.ly/2TD49en

 

5.) Emoji8: Microsoft App Rates Your Expressions Against Emojis

Microsoft has launched a free Windows app that uses machine learning to guess the facial expression you’re making when imitating an emoji. Called Emoji8, the app gives you a score for how well you recreate the emoji, and it’s mostly meant to show off the capabilities of this brand of artificial intelligence in an accessible way.

http://bit.ly/2S7HRjq

 

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#Nutrition

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1.) Do You Like It Hot?

Weight loss is a topic which comes with a wealth of different kinds of advice. When choosing a diet plan, it really comes down to which type works the best for your body and lifestyle – but if you’re looking to slim down quickly, incorporating this type of food could mean you see results sooner.

http://bit.ly/2TE2kxC

 

2.) Diwali Weight Loss Tips

Six smart ways to prevent belly fat and look gorgeous during the festive season.

http://bit.ly/2TBulG8

 

3.) What Do Marathon Runners Really Eat?

The winner of last year’s New York City Marathon, Shalane Flanagan, will be running again in 2018. Here’s how she fuels up for a race.

https://on.today.com/2S7oarN

 

4.) 7 Healthy Eating Tips To Fuel Your Workout

Have you ever laced up your running shoes only to realize you’re hungry? What do you grab to eat – if anything? Your body needs fuel to exercise, but not all foods will benefit you. Try these healthy eating tips to help you power through your workouts.

http://bit.ly/2DEReD3

 

5.) Is It True You Don’t Have To Train Like An Athlete To Stay Fit?

You might think losing weight is all about hard work at the gym and following a strict diet. Exercise is clearly good for our bodies – but you don’t have to train like an athlete to stay fit. Sometimes, even the smallest amount of effort can deliver major pay-offs.

http://bit.ly/2DVtFa9

 

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#Media

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1.) Apple’s New Holiday Ad Is Absolutely Heartwarming

Apple’s holiday commercials are an annual tradition, designed to evoke the strongest of emotions in those who watch the lengthy ads play out. This year’s commercial manages to accomplish that feat, but it looks a little different: it’s fully animated.

http://bit.ly/2KwqlCU

 

2.) LinkedIn Looks To Be Testing Reactions and Stories

LinkedIn looks to be testing its own versions of Reactions and Stories. Although these tests have not yet been confirmed by LinkedIn, they have been spotted in some form of testing. That means they could be for real, or they could be a limited test – meaning, basically, that they might never see the light of day.

http://bit.ly/2AeX4aZ

 

3.) Switch Between Two Different Twitter Timelines

What’s it going to be for you, ‘top tweets’ or the new reverse chronological order timeline? After teasing us with the news last month, Twitter is finally giving users the ability to choose.

http://bit.ly/2DHdgoV

 

4.) TikTok Surges Past 6M Downloads in the US

TikTok is one of the world’s most popular apps, recently surpassing 6 million users last month in the US and landing in the top spot on Apple’s App Store in the United States. Now, more celebrities are joining the app, which allows people to upload their own videos using a variety of editing tools and filters. Jimmy Fallon and Tony Hawk have both recently joined, using the app to participate in current trends and try to connect with a larger audience.

http://bit.ly/2r0VFAJ

 

5.) Google Employee Challenges The Wording of Google’s Internal Process for Granting Disability Accommodation And Wins

When Google changed the wording of its internal process for granting disability accommodation late last week, employee Cathy Fitzpatrick took it as proof that you can effect change by speaking out.

https://cnb.cx/2R7q4IY

 

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#Business

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1.) The Kids Are Coming. Winning The Generation Game

Home care providers are failing to effectively engage with intergenerational markets, an industry conference has heard.

http://bit.ly/2R8CikB

 

2.) Website Security Tips for Marketers

Today we are going to discuss some practical security tips that marketers can put into practice.

http://bit.ly/2DJwcDx

 

3.) Bucking the Geezer Stereotype

The concept of developing one’s personal brand to stand out and succeed in the marketplace is a recent phenomenon that classic baby boomers often find repugnant. Shouldn’t doing your job well all these years be enough?

http://bit.ly/2FGlcJt

 

4.) 8 Tips To Protect Your Small Business Against Cybercrime

The forecast is bleak for companies of any size. This is particularly true for small businesses that often don’t have enough IT security and protection to diminish or block the attacks.

http://bit.ly/2Ksh5iU

 

5.) Current Cyber Security Tips To Ensure Your Business Is Safe

Cyber security is a huge threat to people and businesses all over the world, especially in the USA. With that in mind, this article touches on a few different cyber security tips to make sure your business and yourself stay safe and avoid potential disaster.

http://bit.ly/2RaMzg4

 

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#Advocacy

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1.) People With Disabilities Face Significant Barriers in Education System

Ontario’s education system needs to modernize its approach to supporting disabled students at every age level and do more to eliminate persistent barriers they face in school, the province’s human rights commission said in a statement.

http://bit.ly/2Ad42x8

 

2.) Blind Marylanders Sue Walmart, Saying Self-Serve Checkouts Violate ADA

Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Walmart, alleging that the company violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because its self-checkout kiosks are not fully accessible to blind customers.

https://bsun.md/2DF4bwG

 

3.) Wegmans Adds a ‘Game-Changer’ for Visually Impaired Shopping (Video)

Grocery shopping can very stressful. Navigating crowded aisles in a store full of people is frustrating, but if you’re blind, like Kim Charlson, then grocery shopping can be almost impossible. A new tool, however, could revolutionize shopping for people who can’t see. It’s an app that helps the visually impaired navigate the world and does it using the eyes in your smartphone.

http://bit.ly/2KtXWgp

 

4.) Losing Touch. Finding Intimacy

I had come to believe I was unable to break through my physical disability. I was wrong.

https://nyti.ms/2zlnrMz

 

5.) What Does Blind Have To Do With It?

The Right to Parent from a Sighted Daughter’s Perspective.

http://bit.ly/2R98hRN

 

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