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Posts by Rhiannon

Bloatware

May 18, 2021

The Privacy Problem Posed by Bloatware

Who doesn’t love buying a new piece of tech? It’s always exciting to get the box home, open up the packaging (the satisfaction of that plastic peel, am I right?), and power the device on. And then you find that half the storage on it is taken up by pre-installed software you don’t even want […] Read more
Colonial Pipeline Cyber Attack

May 11, 2021

Colonial Pipeline Cyber Attack: What You Should Know

Located in Alpharetta, Georgia, Colonial Pipeline delivers almost half of the fuel consumed on America’s East Coast. Last week, it was hit with a cyber attack, halting some operations and raising fears about economic damage and spikes in fuel prices. Although pipeline officials have stated that the outage of their services are proactive and temporary, […] Read more
CAPTCHAs

May 6, 2021

What the Heck are CAPTCHAs and How Do They Work?

Are you a robot? Some days, the internet sure seems to think so, and it acts accordingly by making you prove your humanity. We’ve all come across the seemingly silly tests asking us to select any picture with a stop sign in it, or having us check a box with an implied pinky promise that […] Read more
Data Brokers

May 4, 2021

Data Brokers: How They Put Your Privacy at Risk

Hundreds of businesses around the world rely on consumer data for decision-making. Customer demographics and psychographics can help with the development of pricing strategies, marketing campaigns, and product development. However, collecting all of that information can be time-consuming and expensive, and may even require specialized skills. Instead of gathering it themselves, many businesses instead buy […] Read more
Free VPN

April 29, 2021

The Reason You Should Never Use a Free VPN Service

Everyone loves a good bargain. Half off a TV? Yes please. Summer sale on a top-of-the-line BBQ? Don’t mind if I do. Free VPN? Wait just a second. While the word “free” is a dream come true for many, in the case of VPNs, or virtual private networks, the word “free” is more likely to […] Read more
Information on social media

April 22, 2021

4 Ways You’re Giving Away Too Much Information on Social Media

Everyone who uses social media knows that it isn’t the place to go if you value your privacy. The basic purpose of platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more is to share details about your life with the people you’re connected with. However, many users have started pulling back on what they share, especially knowing […] Read more
Internet behaviours

April 6, 2021

Privacy Tip of the Week: Fix Your Worst Internet Behaviours

We’ve grown so used to using the internet for everything that we’ve forgotten about the dangers that lurk beneath the surface. Hackers, viruses, scams, and more can wreak havoc on your life. They infect your devices, invade your privacy, and can creep into your life offline as well. Unfortunately, forgetting about these risks often leads […] Read more
Shopping with a VPN

March 30, 2021

How Does Shopping with a VPN Save You Money?

If you shop online, you’re far from alone. More than two billion people around the world use the internet for their purchases. It’s one of the easiest ways of getting goods and services right to your door, without the hassle of leaving your house. It’s also a common belief that shopping online saves people money; […] Read more
ISP Data Collection

March 23, 2021

ISP Data Collection: What Info Does Your Internet Service Provider Collect?

In order to access the internet, you need a few things. First, a device that can connect to the web. Fortunately, these devices are in almost everyone’s homes and pockets. Desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets all fit the bill. Second, you need a subscription with an internet service provider. These companies, also known as […] Read more
Software updates

March 16, 2021

Privacy Tip of the Week: Always Do Your Software Updates on Time

The average person has forty mobile apps on their smartphones alone. Add in the number of programs on personal computers, and the amount of software we all have access to only increases. So does the number of software updates we’re subjected to. It can seem like an update is always lurking, demanding device restarts at […] Read more