Why it pays to read the privacy policy before you sign up for a service

By Martin Brinkmann on July 4, 2015 in Internet – Last Update: July 4, 2015

“Free is not always free on the Internet, and there is usually a cost involved (albeit not necessarily monetary) when you sign up for free services.

In the case of Zapyo, it is your data — anonymized — that gets collected and processed. It is not the only service that handles things this way. In fact, most “bypass services” do the very same thing or worse, as the recent Hola incident has shown.

Read the full article at: ghacks.net


 

One commenter takes the opportunity to tell us of the TOSDR service: Terms of Service, didn’t read!

“TOSDR is a web-service which grades other services on how much they screw you over. The database is created by real people and you can help by submitting info to an actual person who can update the database with that info. You can access the service by their browser add-on, and it works in the good way for the grades (local db copy) not the bad way (online lookups that reveal the domain you’re on). It’s pretty good but it hasn’t really taken off. They really need to form an alliance with other privacy groups imo.”

“Terms of Service; Didn’t Read” (short: ToS;DR)

TOSDR service: Terms of Service, didn’t read!

“TOSDR is a web-service which grades other services on how much they screw you over. The database is created by real people and you can help by submitting info to an actual person who can update the database with that info. You can access the service by their browser add-on, and it works in the good way for the grades (local db copy) not the bad way (online lookups that reveal the domain you’re on). It’s pretty good but it hasn’t really taken off. They really need to form an alliance with other privacy groups imo.” — ghacks commenter

“Install the browser extensions to get instant information about the terms and privacy policies of websites you browse! Please select your web browser: Mozilla Firefox – Google Chrome – Opera – Safari – Internet Explorer.” https://tosdr.org/downloads.html

What’s going to happen to Windows 7 and 8 when Windows 10 comes out?

“If you check operating system usage share statistics currently, you will notice that Windows 7 is having a comfortable lead in all of them with a usage share between 50% and 60%. Windows 8 on the other hand has a usage share between 15% and 32%. (Steam Hardware Survey, Netmarketshare, w3Schools)

How is the release of Windows 10 going to affect the usage share of previous versions of Windows?

Unless you require some of the features that ship with Windows 10, there is little incentive to upgrade considering that it will take time and resources to get accustomed to the new operating system.”

Read the full article at ghacks.net

Control Firefox Privacy Settings easily

“We [at ghacks] try to keep you up to date whenever changes are made to the Firefox browser that may affect user privacy, for instance how to block Canvas fingerprinting or WebRTC in Firefox.

Sometimes though you may wish for a simpler solution, and that is exactly what the new Privacy Settings add-on for the browser does.”

Full article is at ghacks.net.

Malwarebytes Premium configuration guide

by Martin Brinkmann

“There seem to be two camps of users when it comes to Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware application for the Windows operating system.

Some users swear on it and believe it is one of the best security programs for the operating system currently while others think it is snake oil and not useful at all.

The company itself sees it as a complementary product that should be run next to antivirus solutions, and not something that should be run on its own.

Since I fall into the first camp of users, I’m running a premium version of the program on my main machine.

The following guide provides you with information about the most important configuration options that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium offers. While you will find some of them in the free version as well, some are exclusive.”

Read the full article at ghacks.net.


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