Ho ho ho! Happy holidays! December 2020 Viewer Mail! – Part 1 That means two things! Our listener mail show and… er… hacking news. D’oh. Listen in as Jonathan, LD, and Sam get into your emails and the recent hacking! Darn Russians 🙁
Our friends at OfficeMax/OfficeDepot have given us an AMAZING Lenovo C32q 31.5″ monitor as a prize. December 2020 Viewer Mail! – Part 2 Who won? Was it you? Also listen in as we go over the news and your emails!
Jonathan found a great article from a German, and wanted to talk about it. I Always Feel Like Someone is Watching Me… My Phone Was Spying on Me, so I Tracked Down the Surveillants (nrkbeta.no) So, while we sort of know our phones watch us? We never really dive into it. So, lets talk about it! On top of that, we had a caller asking about how to remove Adobe Flash! Uninstall Flash Player for Windows (adobe.com) How to Uninstall Adobe Flash Player on Mac [Updated 2020]
There’s always a rush to find the next big thing. The problem is when everyone flocks to it, they inadvertently create a monster. The Facebook Monopoly Facebook was the next big thing years ago, and yep, there’s now a monster. Facebook is now looking at the Federal Trade Commission and 47 states wanting to break them up. Facebook should be broken up, FTC and states allege in pair of lawsuits – CNET Explained: The antitrust suit against Facebook | Explained News,The Indian Express But why? Well, glad you asked. We get into that this hour!
Its the holiday season! And thus our annual installment of Holidays and Scams! Holiday SCAMS! Charity watchdog sites https://www.charitywatch.org/home https://www.charitynavigator.org/ http://www.give.org/ https://www.guidestar.org/ Charity scams Charity Scams – How to Tell If a Charity Is a Fraud (aarp.org) How To Recognize Veteran Charity Scams (aarp.org) https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/how-donate-wisely-and-avoid-charity-scams https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/tax-exempt-organization-search http://www.nasconet.org/resources/state-government/
Scammer season is year around. The tricks they use can vary on time of year, though. SCAMS targeting our Seniors! Pocket featured an article from Kiplinger, and Alert Internet Surfer Hiro thought it was worth sharing with us. We agree! https://getpocket.com/explore/item/6-scams-that-prey-on-the-elderly https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/ https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts/
“You can’t be here anymore! Nyah!” Deplatforming! What is deplatforming? What is going on? Who is doing it? Join Jonathan, LD, Sam and special guest Danno as we talk about this pretty hot topic!
The Executive delivered an Executive Order about Internet Censorship this week — an order that is unenforceable. Executive Orders and Section 230 Normally we hate talking about these type of things, and this time it is no different. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200528/01321044592/two-things-to-understand-about-trumps-executive-order-social-media-1-distraction-2-legally-meaningless.shtml https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/05/why-donald-trumps-war-on-big-tech-is-doomed-to-fail/ https://www.wired.com/story/trump-social-media-executive-order/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/05/28/trump-social-media-executive-order/ And of course, Sam is always keen to point out your ISP might well WANT to be the editor of your internet. A desire that is far more dangerous to free speech than a particular website or platform… https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/07/verizon-net-neutrality-violates-our-free-speech-rights/ Last but not least, we’ll let Mike Pompeo get the last word. Maybe these two should talk pic.twitter.com/it2Yu9eIIG — Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) May 27, 2020 Oops.
Just like watching the weather, you gotta keep your eyes on those darn scammers. The bad guys have a terrible dedication to stealing people’s money! So, we have to be vigilant, like it or not. Watch for COVID Scams! Threats? Stuff that’s too good to be true? Guess what, its the bad guys after YOU! https://www.fcc.gov/covid-scams https://www.ftc.gov/slideshow-items/report-scam http://ag.hawaii.gov/ https://news.yahoo.com/google-blocking-18m-coronavirus-scam-094845302.html
Zoom.us provides an increasingly popular web-conferencing service that people are using in this time of working from home and social distancing. But, like any good thing, this overnight growth spurt has some growing pains! This previously professional service is now being used for social connection by seemingly everyone, meaning the jerks have come along too. Zoom! Security – Part 1 Join Jonathan, LD, and Sam as we talk about some of the problems Zoom is having!