Zoom and Prostitution

Zoom really made a splash during the pandemic and I think overall it improved people’s lives during a hard time. But, it also proved to be dishonest and pretty gross. Now they are finally paying a tiny amount as a penalty. But this line from Bruce Schneier really caught my attention: …for lying to users about end-to-end encryption, and for giving user data to Facebook and Google without consent.

ProtonMail launches standalone iOS app | Computerworld

ProtonMail launches standalone iOS app | Computerworld Proton’s VPN routes users through encrypted tunnels, and the VPN app for iOS supports advanced security features, such as Secure Core, which passes mobile user traffic through multiple servers (325 servers are available) to defend against bad actors attempting to trace mobile IP addresses, and Tor via VPN. The new app also uses the latest Internet Key Exchange (IKEv2) protocol, which provides for higher speeds and stability on a VPN network.

Social Sharing is Decreasing, Finally

From Nieman Labs: The top line takeaway from its analysis of 100 million articles is that social sharing is down by 50 percent across the board compared to just a few years ago. In 2015, articles saw an average of 8 shares; today that number has dropped to 4. Only 5 percent of content gets more than 343 shares. There are several spins in that Nieman article that feel more like opinion.

The LinkedIn Garbage Fire That Funded Podcasting

I shouldn’t have a LinkedIn account. If you think you are contacting me there, you should know that I’m in a non-mutual relationship with LinkedIn. I “deleted” my account back around 2012 when they had their big, poorly communicated, and majorly mishandled data breach. But, I still get emails from LinkedIn telling me about new contacts for a profile that shouldn’t exist. This would be a minor annoyance except for my long history with Lynda.

VPNs and Data Collection in the Age of Surveillance

Chris Duckett ZDNet article (A VPN will not save you from government surveillance) is informative, if a little hyperbolic: Under the laws that force telcos to store customers' call records, location information, IP addresses, billing information, and other data for two years, there is a small caveat for journalists that forces agencies to obtain a warrant when seeking to uncover a journalist’s source. Neither the journalist, nor the telcos, will ever know that such a warrant existed, but these provisions were essentially a figleaf to shut up the Canberra press gallery under the auspices of protecting democracy and freedom of the press when the data retention laws were being considered – and it worked.

You're Not Anonymous Link

Darren Nix describes how one service can track you and share your name, email and company with every other site you visit: When a user visits a site without ever having voluntarily supplied information to that site, should the user have an expectation that their identity is private until they chose to reveal it?