Creeping internet control

In spite of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, most corporations are still at it – surreptitiously gathering more information about you to no purpose other than their psychological profiling of their customers. Reputable websites, such as mainstream newspapers, invite you to register online with them to view their articles.  It begins with your name and email.  …

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Google is catching up with Facebook

Facebook’s reputation has been tarnished with the Cambridge Analytica scandal and now Google has been caught out by still tracking devices even when location history is turned off. Google is catching up with Facebook in this unwelcome competition. However, not many people know that they are still logged in to Facebook on all devices on …

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Invoices, emails and warranties

I have a three-year warranty for my laptop computer with Hewlett-Packard. The start date of the warranty is wrong. When I emailed HP customer care to correct it, forwarding the original email response confirming my purchase, they wanted ‘a scan of the hardware invoice’, which I sent. This begs two questions: 1. what use is …

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The risk in disposing of electronic devices

When you buy a new electronic device, do you consider how you will dispose of it? When your computer dies there are implications for identity theft if you do not dispose of it properly.  You may have heard about hard drives from disposed computers being examined in distant countries to discover the identity of the …

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How to stay updated with your favourite blogs

I've just begun using Google Reader. At the top left of the page, click on "Add a subscription" and type the blog or URL which interests you, for example: http://www.christian.org.uk/ for the Christian Institute. If you repeat this for your favourite blogs, then you will be able to run through the headlines for all your …

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