* 9 scary personal details Google collects about you

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Our readers know that we have been warning about Google’s personal data collection since we went live. Google is, without a doubt, the worst offender of privacy online. However, we all need to wade through Google’s services from time to time, so we tend to ignore that simple truth.

And a huge number of people still use – and like – Gmail either as their main service or a backup. And if you use an Android device, you must have a Gmail account, but that doesn’t mean you need to use it all the time.

A brief glance through our listing of previous articles will show multiple times we’ve tried to help cure people of their Google addiction. Unfortunately, Google’s business model is about spying on us and reselling our personal information to whomever will buy it. And folks … there are a LOT of companies and government agencies that want to know about us.

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* How Proton Mail Works


Sending an email message is like sending a postcard, says scientist Andy Yen in this thought-provoking talk: Anyone can read it. Yet encryption, the technology that protects the privacy of email communication, does exist. It’s just that until now it has been difficult to install and a hassle to use. Showing a demo of Proton Mail, an email program he designed with colleagues at CERN, Yen argues that encryption can be made simple to the point of becoming the default option, providing true email privacy to all.

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*ProtonMail is Still the Best Encrypted Email Service To Use

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ProtonMail, an end-to-end encrypted email service, has confirmed that none of the CIA’s Vault7 documents indicate the company’s encryption has been compromised.

Founded in 2013 after Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, ProtonMail has since become a popular and secure email service for journalists, activists, dissidents and privacy fans.

Last week we reported that Signal Messaging App was still safe to use. After the WikiLeaks/CIA information release many users were unsure of its safety. We were able to verify that Signal had not been compromised … its safety was intact.

Now we are able to report that ProtonMail is safe to use as well.

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*Simple Cyber-Security measures we should all practice

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It is time to give up the idea that security breaches are for big corporations and high profile figures. Any one of us can become a target. And we must learn the basics to protect ourselves.

Despite the stories you hear about the sophisticated methods employed by hackers, in most cases, it is simple negligence that allows them to carry out their attacks.

A 2014 report from IBM states that 95 percent of security breaches result from human carelessness. For example, despite all the warnings you see about creating strong passwords, you’d be surprised to learn that “12345” and “password” remain the two most common passwords on the internet.

Remember, it was “password” that was used by Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, that allowed intruders to gain access to his emails that sank her campaign.

First things first … Keep backups of your data

Keeping regular backups of your data outside of your computer has many benefits, especially for data recovery situations. But it is also important from a security perspective, as some breeds of cyberattacks, such as ransomware , target and corrupt your data in order to extort money from you. In such situations, having backups of your data can save you time, money, and headaches.

It’s so important that we place “Be Safe – Backup Your Data Regularly!” at the bottom of every article on TechViews News.

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*Yahoo secretly monitored emails for the US government

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Yahoo last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information at the request of US intelligence officials.

The company complied with a classified US government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency (NSA) or FBI, two former employees and a third person who knew about the program told Reuters.

Some surveillance experts said this represents the first known case of a US internet company agreeing to a spy agency’s demand by searching all arriving messages, as opposed to examining stored messages or scanning a small number of accounts in real time.

It is not known what information intelligence officials were looking for, only that they wanted Yahoo to search for a set of characters. That could mean a phrase in an email or an attachment, said the sources.

According to the two former employees, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to obey the directive troubled some senior executives and led to the June 2015 departure of the chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, who now heads security at Facebook.

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*Yahoo just announced MORE breached accounts (no, this is NOT last year’s news)

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After Yahoo announced last year that 1.5 Billion of their accounts had been breached, many were wondering if it was time to close their email accounts and move elsewhere.

Well, the time has come. Close your Yahoo account now. Don’t just change your password or secret information. Close it down and move to something more secure, at least until Yahoo can get it’s act together. 

What is Yahoo’s latest security breach? On February 15, 2017, Yahoo announced this time, hackers used forged cookies to access accounts without needing passwords. That’s right folks, cookies. 

Here is what the announcement stated: “We are writing to inform you about a data security issue that involves your Yahoo account. We have taken steps to secure your account and are working closely with law enforcement. 

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*A Few Ways to Unsend an Email

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OK, You just crafted a wonderful email and hit “Send”, and away it went. Then you realize that it went to the wrong person, or maybe you wrote the email out of anger. Or perhaps we hit Send before it was finished, or even you didn’t take the time to proofread what you wrote.  For whatever reason, we all wish we could ‘unsend’ an email from time to time.

Here are four ways that you set up your system so that you can ‘undo’ sending your email.

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