Sunday, July 14, 2013

When Everyone Is Out To Get You

When everyone is out to get you, paranoia is just good thinking. - Dr. Johnny Fever

It seems like lately everybody is trying to stick their noses into your business. Here's a couple of the stories and how to slam the door on their noses!

The first was the NSA leak by Edward Snowden about a process known as PRISM. Here's the article from the Washington Post.

Next was that USPS is photographing the front of ALL snail mail. Here's the article from the New York Times.

Then AT&T announced that they were issuing a new privacy policy to "provide our customers with ... personalized service." That means they're going to start selling your your location data to marketers. Here's the article from the Business Insider. Here's how to turn it off.
  1. Start by clicking the following link, which leads to AT&T’s opt-out page:
  2. Log in with your phone number and password.
  3. You will now find yourself on AT&T’s privacy settings page, which includes the following blurb: “Our External Marketing and Analytics Reports contain anonymous information about groups of our customers. You may choose to exclude the anonymous information from your accounts from these reports. Please log in to each one of your accounts to opt-out.”
  4. Check the box next to each wireless phone line you wish to opt-out with.
  5. Click the “Submit” button.
Finally Twitter announced they were going to "make ... Twitter more useful to our users." Here's the article from Lifehacker. To turn off Twitter's new tracking:
  1. Log in to Twitter and visit your account settings page.
  2. Uncheck the box that says "Tailor Twitter based on my recent website visits."
  3. Uncheck the box that says "Tailor ads based on information shared by ad partners."
  4. Scroll down and click "Save Changes."
In 1999 Sun's Scott McNealy said "You have zero privacy anyway ...Get over it."

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