A shoutout to 7 years of Fastmail the perfect Gmail replacement

Fastmail is a fantastic email provider that consistently delivers high-quality service. From the moment I signed up 7 years ago, I have been impressed with the user-friendly interface and wide range of features available. The customization options allow me to tailor my inbox to my specific needs and the filters make it easy to stay … Continue reading A shoutout to 7 years of Fastmail the perfect Gmail replacement

Using TikTok? Read this, it will alarm you!

New York Times by Cecilia Kang, ByteDance Inquiry Finds Employees Obtained User Data of 2 Journalists ByteDance, the China-based parent company of TikTok, said on Thursday that an internal investigation found that employees had inappropriately obtained the data of U.S. TikTok users, including two reporters. […] The investigation was initiated after an article was published by … Continue reading Using TikTok? Read this, it will alarm you!

How secure is Mastodon as a Twitter replacement?

If you’re considering setting up a Mastodon account or already have you’re going to want to take a few minutes to read Dan Goodin’s article about the security of Mastodon and Mastodon instances. This substantial increase raises important questions about the security of this new platform, and for good reason. Unlike the centralized model of … Continue reading How secure is Mastodon as a Twitter replacement?

Chrome 97 lets you erase all data and information a website stored on your visit

I don't use Chrome but I know a lot of Mac users do use Chrome or a Chromium-based browser. Chrome 97 released yesterday comes with a significant Security & Privacy improvement that I want to bring to your attention. Joe Fedewa, writing at How-To Geek Chrome 97 makes some changes to the Privacy and Security … Continue reading Chrome 97 lets you erase all data and information a website stored on your visit

🖇 Verizon opting iPhone users into data collection and tracking

Andrew Paul, writing at Input A new program innocuously titled the “Verizon Custom Experience” is sold to users as a way for the company to “personalize our communications with you, give you more relevant product and service recommendations, and develop plans, services and offers that are more appealing to you.” To accomplish this, all a … Continue reading 🖇 Verizon opting iPhone users into data collection and tracking

🔗 Link Post: Daring Fireball: Annotating Apple’s Anti-Sideloading White Paper

There are a lot of articles about allowing sideloading on iOS floating around. I have read several of them. I found John Gruber's to be the most thoughtful and want I to share it with you. John Gruber writing for Daring Fireball: Annotating Apple’s Anti-Sideloading White Paper Wednesday, 23 June 2021 Apple today released a … Continue reading 🔗 Link Post: Daring Fireball: Annotating Apple’s Anti-Sideloading White Paper

I didn’t get my one wish for iPadOS 15

I had only one wish for iPadOS 15, and it was that I wanted the Files app to become a true Finder equivalent and that didn’t happen. What we did get were some big improvements to multitasking that I’m looking forward to. Jason Snell and Myke Hurley in Episode 356 of the Upgrade podcast give … Continue reading I didn’t get my one wish for iPadOS 15

PSA: What Is Amazon Sidewalk and Why Should I Disable It Before June 8?

Brendan Hesse writing for Lifehacker: On June 8, Amazon will launch a new feature called Sidewalk that creates small, public internet networks powered by Echo smart speakers and Ring home security products in your neighborhood. Yes, including yours—unless you disable the setting, which is turned on by default. That means if you don’t want your … Continue reading PSA: What Is Amazon Sidewalk and Why Should I Disable It Before June 8?

Google apps will stop certain tracking to avoid the iOS “Allow Tracking” prompt

With iOS 14, Apple is requiring app developers to tell users about and have them opt-in to tracking. Google today announced that “when Apple’s policy goes into effect, it will no longer use information (such as IDFA) that falls under ATT for the handful of our iOS apps that currently use it for advertising purposes. As … Continue reading Google apps will stop certain tracking to avoid the iOS “Allow Tracking” prompt

Firefox 85 adds supercookie protection. What about Safari?

In technology news today Mozilla announced that it has added built-in protection from supercookies to Firefox 85. “Firefox now protects you from supercookies, a type of tracker that can stay hidden in your browser and track you online, even after you clear cookies,” Mozilla explains in a blog post. “By isolating supercookies, Firefox prevents them … Continue reading Firefox 85 adds supercookie protection. What about Safari?

UPDATE: iOS 14 has Zuckerberg/Facebook running scared

I’ve been working on an article about the iOS 14 privacy feature that has Facebook and other advertisers running scared. Facebook acknowledged that Apple’s upcoming iOS 14 could lead to a more than 50% drop in its Audience Network advertising business. (Doesn’t that just break your heart) Today to my disappointment, Apple is holding off … Continue reading UPDATE: iOS 14 has Zuckerberg/Facebook running scared

My thoughts on Apple & Google’s COVID-19 contact tracing

From what I’ve read Apple and Google’s COVID-19 contact tracing seems like a good idea and one that I’ll most likely use. It appears to be the best technological solution to date for governmental authorities to partially lift the lockdown orders that are currently in place. That said I do have privacy concerns. According to … Continue reading My thoughts on Apple & Google’s COVID-19 contact tracing

What you need to know about the tech giants Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple

I just finished reading Kashmir Hill’s series of articles Life Without the Tech Giants. Here’s what I learned. It’s impossible to get along without them even if we’re boycotting their apps. Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple dominate the internet in ways I never realized. This should be required reading for everyone who uses the … Continue reading What you need to know about the tech giants Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple