Internet

Fri
20
May
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Facebook Drops Location Tools

Facebook is to ditch some tools which tracked a user's location. It seems to be more about the tools being little used than a sudden interest in boosting privacy. The tools all involved tracking a user's location in real time and using the ... information to provide some sort of service. Perhaps the best known was "Nearby Friends" which lived up to its name, telling users if anyone they knew on Facebook (or at least anyone who also had the feature switched on) was in the area, allowing for semi-spontaneous meet-ups. The tools also included localized weather alerts. In both cases, many users ... (view more)

Wed
18
May
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Millions Could Get Free Broadband

Twenty US Internet providers have agreed to offer low-cost Internet plans to people on lower incomes. The deal combines with government subsidies to mean many people will get free broadband. Following the recent infrastructure bill passing, the ... federal government now offers a subsidy of $30 taken off broadband bills for around 48 million households. The Affordable Connectivity Program covers low income households, plus those with people eligible for public programs such as Medicaid and veterans pensions. More than 11.5 million people have already claimed the subsidy. (Source: yahoo.com ) The ... (view more)

Tue
17
May
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Google Rethinks Removal Policy

Google is making it easier for people to remove web pages with their personal contact details from search results. It won't remove them from web pages, but may make it less likely people will come across them. The policy makes information less ... visible in two ways. Firstly, it stops it appearing on the search results page through the extracts from the relevant pages. Secondly, it may make it less likely the page that hosts the content will appear in a search result. While Google is legally required to remove some personal information from search results under European privacy laws, it goes a ... (view more)

Tue
10
May
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Microsoft Edge Offers VPN, With a Catch

Microsoft Edge is getting what looks suspiciously like a virtual private network (VPN). It comes with a catch and requires some serious trust in Microsoft. The "Secure Network" feature is now mentioned in a support document and has also shown up in ... Edge for some users who've signed up for early access to in-development features. It appears to be a variant of a VPN, which involves routing internet connection through a VPN provider. The data traveling back and forth between the provider and the user is encrypted in a setup likened to a "tunnel" that stops it being accessible ... (view more)

Wed
04
May
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Report: More Than 5B People Now Online

For the first time, more than five billion people use the Internet. That means the proportion of the world who are online will soon reach two-thirds. The figures come from Data Reportal, which gathers together information from multiple sources to ... produce a global estimate. (Source: datareportal.com ) Its headline figures include five billion people using the Internet, meaning 63 percent of the world's population. It also says 5.32 billion people have a mobile phone (67 percent of the population), with around 80 percent of those handsets being smartphones. (Source: bdaily.co.uk ) The report ... (view more)

Wed
20
Apr
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Do Blackmailers Follow Through? (And What to Expect)

Are you being blackmailed with sextortion (sex extortion)? Contact me here using the contact form. IMPORTANT: If you paid the scammers anything at all, they will simply turn around and ask for more . This is how this scam goes 100% of the time. ... Don't be fooled into thinking a one-time payment will be the end - IT NEVER IS! -- In this article, you will find answers to the following questions: Do blackmailers follow through? Do blackmailers go away? Do blackmailers ever stop? Do blackmailers bluff? Should I Pay the Blackmailers (and What Happens if I don't Pay)? Sextortion: what to do? -- ... (view more)

Tue
19
Apr
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How Long Does Sextortion Last?

Are you being blackmailed with sextortion (sex extortion)? Contact me here using the contact form. IMPORTANT: If you paid the scammers anything at all, they will simply turn around and ask for more . This is how this scam goes 100% of the time. ... Don't be fooled into thinking a one-time payment will be the end - IT NEVER IS! -- In this article, you'll find the answers to the following questions: What is sextortion ? How long does sextortion last ? Do sextortionists follow through ? Should I ignore sextortion ? How do you fight sextortion ? How to report sextortion ? -- Infopackets Reader Gina H ... (view more)

Thu
07
Apr
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Cops Seize Illegal Online Marketplace

Police in Germany have shut down a major underground website used mainly for illegal drug deals and money laundering. But the people behind Hydra remain at large. The shutdown was an international effort which included the assistance of the US ... Treasury. Despite its physical location in Germany, most of the users and operators of Hydra appear to have been from Russia and other former Soviet Union nations. Hydra has been described as a darknet marketplace. Darknet usually means the site is only accessible through special software that makes it much harder to track who has visited it. Darknet ... (view more)

Mon
04
Apr
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Sextortion - What to Do (and What Not to Do)

Are you being blackmailed with sextortion (sex extortion)? Contact me here using the contact form. IMPORTANT: If you paid the scammers anything at all, they will simply turn around and ask for more . This is how this scam goes 100% of the time. ... Don't be fooled into thinking a one-time payment will be the end - IT NEVER IS! -- In this article, you will find answers to the following questions: Sextortion - What To Do Hire me to fix this problem for you (read why!). Report the profile on social media (won't work). Block the scammers and shut down your social media accounts (not likely to work). ... (view more)

Fri
18
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

Being Blackmailed for Money on Facebook? Here's What to Do

Are you being blackmailed with sextortion (sex extortion)? Contact me here using the contact form. IMPORTANT: If you paid the scammers anything at all, they will simply turn around and ask for more . This is how this scam goes 100% of the time. ... Don't be fooled into thinking a one-time payment will be the end - IT NEVER IS! In 98% of all cases I've worked on, the scammers are overseas ( Africa , Philippines , Morocco , India , etc) - even if it looks like they have a USA phone number. That's because they use phone apps such as "text now", "text plus", and "hush", ... (view more)

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