Facebook has developed a camera so it can detect users when they go into a store. All under the guise of providing targeted information.
After all that work, I finally hit the delete my account button, and I would love to say my information is gone. But I have a sneaking suspicion that Google will keep my information for a while. That is how they do business.
If you are reading this, you are reading my blog on the new site of Paul’s Computer Repair, controlled by us, not Google.
If you are not a believer and think this is all Google scare, just think about how much information, private information is in the hands of one company.
Here are the accounts I had information on:
Blogger (3 blogs, and the wife has 2), Google checkout (now wallet), YouTube, Google Adwords, Picasa Web Albums, Gmail, Google Analytics (website statistics), talk (Google chat), docs, igoogle home page, and every time I did a search on Google.
That is a lot of info, and that is not all of it. There are many other “products” that they collect information from. One of the latest is Google + which I have stayed away from, that is the FaceBook challenger, and of course, collecting lots of information ab0ut every user and their friends.
There have been a lot of articles and stories about the lack of fair privacy policies that users can understand. There have also been many incidents showing the power and amount of information that Google is amassing.
So of course Google decides to help us out, and combine all of our accounts into one. Making the privacy so much easier for us. This combining of all of your Google related accounts will happen on March 1st, whether or not you like it.
Anyone with any brain knows when a company touts how it is going to help you, the first thing is, what is the company getting out of it?
Well, Google is a huge advertising company, they are not a search engine company, which is what everyone thinks of. They sell advertising and data on people’s habits. They have too much of it, and are becoming very scary.
Another thing that is scary, adding to their list of info they keep is the Android operating system they own. Every phone that has it is run by this company, who has every bit of information that goes through your phone. And if that is not enough, Google has been found to have recently bypassed security in Apple’s Safari and IE9 browsers.
I am done with Google. I really like their search engine and I have used it for years, but they have gone too far.
There is an alternative, using Startpage.org. This site uses results from Google, but the info that goes to Google is from them, and your privacy is never breached. Pretty cool idea, check it out at startpage.com
I am sure I will offend someone with this post, but here goes. CRAP CLEANER is one of my favorite cleanup and maintenance programs. Well, the name is a bit crazy, but it calls that junk what it is, crap on the computer.
CCleaner is a tool that cleans out temporary Internet files, temporary Windows files, cookies, history and numerous other items from the hard drive, increasing performance, security and privacy.
The Temporary Internet files area is one of the big areas that viruses and malware like to hang out (along with anywhere they can find!) and cleaning out these areas with this tool really helps keep things running faster, smoother and helps protect your privacy and security.
I frequently work on customer computers that have 2 or more GIGABYTES of crud in the temporary Internet files. That can slow down your Internet browser to a crawl.
The program is straight forward and easy to use. Just download and install it, accepting all the defaults unless you know there is something you would like to change.
Recent reports of a phishing scam where users are asked to put in their passwords were tricked, and the passwords were put up on the Internet for everyone to see.
This was originally thought it was only Microsoft’s Hotmail, but it seems to have stretched to Yahoo mail, Google Mail, Comcast, Earthlink and others.
The hackers tricked users into putting passwords into a bogus site, and stole the passwords, then published them on a website.
If you think you have been scammed, I highly suggest you go in and change your passwords, especially if they are the same for other things that someone might be able to hack into.
In a scene right out of George Orwell’s book 1984, Amazon secretly took books back from customers it sold electronically.
Amazon.com has a product called the Kindle which is an electronic book. You go online, buy a book, and download it. The cool thing is you can take it with you and read anywhere, but it is small, and kinda geeky.
The other day Amazon went onto their customer’s personal Kindles and removed the books they bought without their knowledge. They then let them know what they had done, and that they had been credited for the book.
Apparently Amazon did not have the rights to sell a few books including 1984 and Animal Farm, so they had to do something. Well, they did. They went onto each person’s computer, removed the books, and then let them know.
It has been called an “Orwellian moment” by many. If you are not familiar with 1984 it is a book about how Big Brother takes over, and how they control everything. The book was written in 1948, and the author transposed the numbers to come up with the future, 1984. It is amazing how many things have come to pass from that book.
There is now a lawsuit by a student who was using the book to write a report on 1984, and the Kindle lets you keep notes attached to a book. When the deleted the book from his Kindle, guess what? Yup, the notes went by-by also. The cool thing is he is suing Amazon, and he and the attorney are not doing it for money but to get them to stop this practice.
I think the question here is, what rights does a company have to get into a device such as a computer or electronic book reader, and actually access your information or remove anything. It is like Amazon breaking into my house and taking back a book I bought, and leaving a note on the table. Sure seems like an invasion of privacy.
I am sure this is going to be debated much in the future.