Disable Human Voice Recording Review in Alexa

As reported in Venture Beat on August 3, 2019, Amazon has almost silently announced that Alexa users are now able to choose to block human reviewers from listening to their recordings. Although this human listening is intended to provide quality assurance that the AI...

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Q: Is it safe to use thumb drives with my work computer?

A: Let's start with this: Federal cybersecurity guidelines are that any portable external storage (USB drive, thumb drive, flash drive, SD card, etc.) are not to be permitted. This is a mandate for government systems, government contractors, health care providers, and...

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Q: What is an encrypted chat client?

A: Probably best to take this one bite at a time:

Encrypted: The process of encoding a message or information in such a way that only authorized parties can access it and those who are not authorized cannot.

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Stop Amazon From Listening

As reported yesterday, Amazon has thousands of staff listening to you through your Echo devices. But there is a way to stop this listening: Open the Alexa app on your mobile device. Select the menu icon. Select Settings, found at the bottom of the submenu list. Select...

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Yes, They ARE Listening

As reported in Bloomberg <https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-10/is-anyone-listening-to-you-on-alexa-a-global-team-reviews-audio>, Amazon has thousands of staff listening to what their devices hear. Based on the information provided by Amazon, it is...

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Facebook pays teens to spy on them

As reported on TechCrunch January 29, 2019, it appears that as bad as we thought Facebook to be, it has the resources to be far worse. Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and...

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More Junk Apps on Android

All of these apps do the same thing–add an advertising layer on top of Google Maps. At least one even has the gall to request payment to remove the ads in Google Maps–ads that wouldn’t exist except for that app itself!If you have any of these apps installed on your Android device, remove them ASAP.

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Garage Sale! Ubiquiti UniFi Cloud Key

Ubiquiti UniFi Cloud Key New, in box (2 units), 1 floor display unit UniFi® Controller Hybrid Cloud Secure UniFi Hybrid Cloud Technology Fully Integrated, Stand-Alone UniFi Controller Hardware Remote, Private Cloud Access to the UniFi ControllerManage Your Networks...

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Garage Sale! Ubiquiti UniFi Security Gateway Pro

Ubiquiti Unifi Security Gateway ProSN: 1801kfcecda036c89-4nqi9w New, in box. Enterprise Gateway Router with Gigabit Ethernet Advanced Security, Monitoring, and Management Sophisticated Routing Features Integrates with UniFi® Controller SoftwareManage Your Networks...

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Garage Sale! Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 24 250W

Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 24 250WSN: 1752g788a20fa31ba-2n5und Floor model, unboxed. Managed PoE+ Gigabit Switches with SFP Build and expand your network with Ubiquiti Networks® UniFi® Switch, part of the UniFi line of products. The UniFi Switch is a fully managed, PoE+...

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Garage Sale! Ubiquiti Unifi Switch 16 150w

Lucky you, Santa left some IT goodies under our tree! Ubiquiti UniFi Switch 16 150WSN: 788A20FD84B9New, in box.The UniFi® Switch delivers robust performance over its 18 independent switching ports. Two SFP ports offer optical connectivity, and 16 Gigabit Ethernet...

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Q: How to make a strong password I can remember?

A: Sorry, that is simply not possible. The current US Government recommendation for strong passwords is a minimum of 15 characters. Our brains would have a tough time remembering just five such passwords, much less a different password for every website. The easy...

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Get Your Bitdefender Upgrade

MintzIT has upgraded Bitdefender With over 40 million malware waiting to harvest, corrupt, or encrypt your data, anti-malware software is an essential addition to the operating system of any and every operating system. The only anti-malware product we currently...

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Q: How often should I change my passwords?

A: According to NIST (one of the federal groups tasked with creating best practices for cybersecurity), there is no longer any recommendation on password aging. That doesn't mean it's not a bright idea to do so, just that there are no recommendations. The...

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