How to use Facebook's 'Off-Facebook Activity' Tool
- CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called it a “Clear History” button in the past, and that’s a fair description: it lets you manage the information Facebook collects on your from other sites and apps.
- The first is “Manage Your Off-Facebook Activity,” which lets you micromanage the info from individual apps and sites.
- You can also download your off-FB information, or select “Manage Future Activity,” which lets you toggle whether Facebook retains more info on your going forward.
- The most in-depth option is “Manage Your Off-Facebook Activity.” From this page you’ll be able to see who’s shared stuff about you with Facebook.
- If you want to micromanage information from all the sites and apps that have shared your details, you can do so from this tool.
- If you, like most people, have neither the time nor energy, then we recommend one of the nuclear “Clear History” or “Manage Future Activity” options above.
UK government approves Huawei 5G deal despite security fears
- The UK government has decided to allow technology from Chinese company Huawei to be used in the country’s super-fast 5G network, despite intense pressure from the US for a ban.
- Huawei is the world’s biggest producer of telecoms equipment , but critics have warned that allowing the firm to supply the kit for the UK’s 5G infrastructure is a national security risk, and the US threatened to cut off intelligence sharing if the deal went ahead.
- The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre will tell telecoms operators that Huawei – and any other “high-risk vendors” – must be excluded from “core” functions that manage the network, as well as critical national infrastructure.
- Huawei can only contribute a maximum of 35 per cent of the peripheral network infrastructure, which connects devices to cell phone masts.
Hundreds of workers defy Amazon rules to protest company's climate failures
- Hundreds of Amazon employees defied corporate policy to publicly criticize the company for failing to meet its “moral responsibility” in the climate crisis.
- More than 340 tech workers at Amazon used the hashtag #AMZNSpeakOut in public statements that condemn the company for not taking sufficient action on the climate crisis.
- The action comes in direct opposition to an Amazon policy barring employees from speaking about the company’s business without prior approval from management.
- An Amazon spokeswoman said the company was aware of the employee actions.
- In January, at least three employees said they were threatened with termination for speaking publicly about environmental issues, stoking further protests against the new policy.
- On the job platform LinkedIn on Monday, someone listing himself as a hiring manager at Google left a post that appeared to attempt to recruit defectors from Amazon to the company.
Google Chrome’s cookie ban is good news for Google — and maybe your privacy
- Google’s plan to eliminate third-party cookies from its Chrome browser by 2022 is bad news for many digital advertisers.
- But it’s great for Google, which, unlike its digital advertiser competition, doesn’t have to rely on third-party cookies to power its massive ad business.
- If the cookie comes from a domain other than the one you’re visiting, it’s known as a “third-party cookie.” Advertisers use these to track you and your interests across the web — which websites you visit, how often you visit them, even your location — allowing them to serve you targeted ads and measure their effectiveness.
- Google, which dominates both the web browser and digital ad markets, relies on third-party cookies for some parts of its ad business, which may suffer as a result of this change.
SpaceX to launch 60 more Starlink internet satellites on Tuesday
- Elon Musk‘s SpaceX will launch 60 satellites this Tuesday as part of its ambitious Starlink program to provide world-wide broadband internet coverage.
- Upon successfully launching, the rocket will shed its booster and fairings on its way to deploy the satellites more than 300 miles above the Earth’s surface.
- The International Astronomer’s Union (IAU) has released several statements questioning whether companies such as Amazon and SpaceX should be deploying thousands of satellites without conducting any long-term research on the effects these vessels could have on our ability to see the cosmos or whether their existence could interfere with extra-terrestrial radio signals – essentially cutting us off from the rest of the universe.
- The 60 Starlink satellites launching Tuesday will join another batch of 60 that went up last year.
- Musk expects to begin providing internet coverage once the company has about 400 satellites in place.
'Do you need the internet to play Xbox One?': How to use the internet to play games online on your Xbox One
- Microsoft's eighth-generation gaming console is so much more than a device to play video games.
- While the Xbox One is designed to have multidimensional functionality, the primary and most popular feature is the ability to download and play video games.
- Xbox One users have the option to buy traditional video games and play them on their console or download and play video games online.
- Before you can start playing online, you have to make sure that you have a wireless internet connection, or a direct connection from your Xbox One to your router using an ethernet cable.
- Many Xbox One video games will also require a membership to Xbox Live Gold.
- If you have a subscription to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass, you will need to be connected to the internet to download and play the digital games available in the Xbox Game Pass digital library.
This $350 mesh Wi-Fi system provides internet to my 4,000-square-foot home — and it takes just 10 minutes to set up
- The company's flagship mesh system is the Netgear Orbi Voice, which features a satellite Wi-Fi extender with a built-in high-quality speaker equipped with Alexa.
- The inclusion of a Harman Kardon smart speaker in the satellite router makes the Netgear Orbi Voice stand out from other mesh systems.
- The speaker is equipped with Amazon Alexa, so I can essentially voice-control my house's smart devices using the router.
- Our house has fiber optic internet, which can theoretically reach speeds of 1 Gbps when the computer is connected directly to the router by a cord, and the mesh system works quite well within about 30 feet of the router or satellite.
- Overall, I'm a big fan of the Netgear Orbi Voice Mesh Wi-Fi System, and it's the router I use when I'm not testing other options.
Is This Site Secure?
- Starting about 2015, the popular browsers like Chrome and Firefox started to warn people that unencrypted websites such as this one were "insecure" by crossing out the padlock icon or simply putting "Not secure" in the address bar.
- Here, for example, is the very first website, made by Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, on August 6, 1991; http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html If you visit it in Chrome, you will appreciate the irony of the father of the Internet being admonished by Google, a company that owes its existence to his work and that has made around a trillion dollars from it.
- So Chrome pioneered in scaring Web users every time they visited a read-only website, to blackmail the authors of those sites into making periodic payments to remove the scary warning that visitors see.