We have a winner! Was it you? Viewer Mail – August, 2021 Our friends at OfficeMax/Office Depot donated a fantastic prize: weighing in at nearly $250, this Realspace high back gaming chair is awesome, super comfortable, and has sold out twice since we started the contest this time around! Some highlights: Did you know we talked with Mark Harmer of Harmer Communications about WISP? Show topic ideas from Alert Internet Surfer Gerald! Daneille Miller was on the show 2016 with great advice regarding social media. Check it out with Part 1 and Part 2! Questions about before and after ransomware attacks from Alert Internet Surfer John! Financial websites versus apps from Alert Internet Surfer Bill!
Did you know that Anthony Bourdain – who passed away in 2018 – can be heard in a new documentary? Well, its not really Anthony. Deepfakes Rather, his voice was created using an AI to generate a recreation of it. Work from beyond the grave, as it were. https://www.npr.org/2021/07/16/1016838440/ai-brought-anthony-bourdains-voice-back-to-life-should-it-have https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-gastronomy/the-ethics-of-a-deepfake-anthony-bourdain-voice?utm_source=pocket-newtab https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57842514
David Horowitz, host of the old show Fight Back, used to end each show saying “If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Skepticism We’re going to talk about having a healthy skepticism, including about the things you like. https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/ https://yourbias.is/ https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/how-to-develop-critical-thinking-skills
Hackers are awful. Let’s be blunt about it. They just plain old suck. What to do about it? Facebook Hack 2021 Well, the be thing is to be pro-active and protect yourself. Listen in as we talk about LD’s issues with Facebook, a lost account, and how the bad guys stole it! https://www.facebook.com/help/285695718429403?helpref=faq_content https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/two-factor-authentication-who-has-it-and-how-to-set-it-up https://www.androidauthority.com/best-two-factor-authenticator-apps-904743/
Keeping safe online is a full time thing. Careful what you Share! Need a password? Sharing something? Well, don’t just the easiest thing! That’s what gets folks into trouble more often than not. Join Jonathan, LD, and Sam for a talk on this! https://news.trendmicro.com/2010/12/29/top-five-things-to-not-share-online/#:~:text=%20Here%20are%20five%20things%20that%20you%20should,will%20be%20empty%20for%20a%20week…%20More%20 https://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/social-networking/information/10-things-you-should-not-share-on-social-networks.htm https://www.microsoft.com/security/blog/2013/08/22/5-reasons-not-to-share-personal-information-on-a-website/
Do you remember being in school and having to write reports? And how you had to go find then cite sources? Facts 101! Well, its a good habit! The trick with the internet is there is so much out there that’s true, false, partially correct, maliciously written, speculation, and more. Eek! What’s a person to do? Well, Jonathan talks about that! Best Websites For Fact Checking | Avast
So, its been a helluva week. Are We Sure that 2020 is Over? And as such, we need to talk politics and tech for a bit. We sort of hate that. But here we are! 1st Amendment, options for platforms, the importance of Section 230 of the Telecommunications Act… we get it in a concise manner!
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/
Jonathan takes on the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Its in the news again, and its a BIG topic. Section 230 – Why Should I Care? Particularly because there is an Executive Order regarding it and Social Media. https://www.eff.org/issues/cda230 https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/10/ajit-pai-says-hell-help-trump-impose-crackdown-on-twitter-and-facebook/ https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/09/trump-admin-sends-congress-its-blueprint-for-weakening-section-230/
Don’t you love it when things change? Facebook changes and Interface Discussion Windows, Gmail, Office, and untold others have changed how they look and work over the years. And now? Well, its Facebook’s turn! Jonathan has a few things to say about that. Make Facebook look like it used to! https://revertsite.com/ Customize Windows to look how you want it to! https://www.stardock.com/products/ Facebook Messenger the website (no app required!): https://www.messenger.com/