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Daily Archives: November 29, 2021

  • You are being investigated

    Posted on November 29, 2021 at 21:57 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A female friend of my Dad (he’s 93) called tonight and relayed to him that she got a call from someone indicating that she was under investigation and that as part of the process she needed to buy and provide them the codes from gift cards.  The scammers were able to get $1,000 out of her before she finally realized that something was wrong.

    Please warn anyone that you interact with and talk to that NO ONE asks anyone for gift card numbers. No one is calling from the IRS, the Social Security, or any other agency to ask for payment via gift cards.

    Don’t fall for this, and warn anyone you know not to fall for this either.

  • So Edge? One step forward but…

    Posted on November 29, 2021 at 19:24 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just a reminder, this week’s newsletter is a special edition and the full contents can be viewed by both Plus and Free subscribers as well as anyone who merely clicks on the links in the post. As a special holiday gift to our readership everyone gets the full newsletter contents this week.

    While Brian was researching Brave browser in this week’s Holiday newsletter, I was looking at Edge. And while I’m very happy with their Super Duper mode, I’m NOT so happy with their planned Buy now Pay later offering that is in beta. There had better be a way to block this on ALL platforms and not just Enterprises. (116 responses so far and hardly anyone is a fan).  Not to mention most financial folks indicate that the Buy now Pay later isn’t the greatest thing for you to do.  “But generally speaking, if you don’t have the cash now, you probably shouldn’t be doing this.”

    What do you think?  I think Microsoft really needs to rethink this.

  • Browsers with the best security and privacy in 2021

    Posted on November 29, 2021 at 02:45 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
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    ISSUE 18.46 • 2021-11-29

    PUBLIC DEFENDER

    Brian Livingston

    By Brian Livingston

    Most of us use a Web browser on our personal computers or smartphones every day, but few of us truly know what those browsers are really doing for us — or to us.

    Too many browsers “leak” information about us and our everyday activities to backend servers, which are run by ad-tracking firms, search-engine giants, or the browser makers themselves.

    It’s extremely difficult to guess which browser is the “most secure” for surfing the Web. There are, to be sure, many respectable review sites that rank browsers. But most of the reviews weigh a browser’s security against unrelated features — ease of use, speed of throughput, memory usage, etc. — producing only a composite score.

    In this article, I focus solely on how well browsers deliver security against malware and protect the privacy of your personal identity.

    Read the full story in the AskWoody Plus Newsletter 18.46.0 (2021-11-29).
    This story also appears in the AskWoody Free Newsletter 18.46.F (2021-11-29).