Police use dead man’s fingers to try to unlock his iPhone

From Sophos’ Naked Security blog:

Once somebody’s dead, they lose privacy interest in their own body, she said, which takes away their standing in court to assert privacy rights.


In theory, Apple’s Face ID authentication is supposed to require eye movement to work. But...photos of open eyes work just fine.

Something to consider if you want to take your online privacy with you to the grave. PIN codes are your friend.

Use the internet, not just companies

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Photo by RawPixel at https://unsplash.com/photos/X6xILm6BNek

Think long-term. You’re going to be creating stuff, making fans, and building relationships for the rest of your life — much longer than these companies will last.

It’s so important and easy to have your own website. Instead of sending your fans to some company’s site, send them to yours. Get everyone’s direct contact information, so you don’t have to go through any one company to reach them.

The time has come for digital citizens to take ownership of our content. To learn how to use the technology to curate a website (spoiler alert: it’s easy) and host our own material instead of allowing a technological silo to house our online lives.

2018 is not over. Get started on that learning curve you’re hesitant or unwilling to tackle.

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Netflix phishing campaign goes after your login, credit card, mugshot and ID


Can you spot a fake notice from a legit one?

From Sophos' Naked Security blog:

Organisations that had their brands hijacked in this way in the past few days include: eBay, PayPal, VISA, American Express, Bank of America, Chase, HSBC, National Australia Bank – and that’s just a random subset of the list, in one industry sector.

Protecting your brand against abuse by phishers is, sadly, as good as impossible, especially if your brand is well-known and widely advertised.

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James Gowans' Hybrid Journal

To digitally back up my analog journal, I take a photo each night of that day’s entries and add it to Day One. I tag them with “hybrid” to keep them organized. Sometimes individual log items are copied to their own entry as well if I think they’ll need to be recalled later.

This is a clever idea to digitize your written journal entry. Great method for backing up something that can be damaged by water, fire, or loss. Recommended.


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Yale’s Most Popular Class Ever: Happiness

Psychology and the Good Life, with 1,182 undergraduates currently enrolled, stands as the most popular course in Yale’s 316-year history. The previous record-holder — Psychology and the Law — was offered in 1992 and had about 1,050 students, according to Marvin Chun, the Yale College dean. Most large lectures at Yale don’t exceed 600.


It is sad that in 2013, "more than half of undergraduates sought mental health care from the university during their time..." at Yale.

I'd imagine this would be a similar statistic for many higher education institutions. It's hopeful to see such a overwhelming amount of attendees wanting to learn how they can improve their lives.

This course is so popular, that it is offered to the world for free on Coursera. It starts in March. I signed up for it.


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Dell is considering a sale to VMware in what may be tech's biggest deal ever

The reverse-merger is one of the more audacious strategic initiatives being looked at by Dell and its advisers, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. Dell's board of directors will meet next month to consider a slew of options, many of which are still in the early stages of examination, including the reverse merger.


Hail Mary, full of grace, let's try this approach to keep our shareholders happy and in place.


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U.K. Now Has A Minister For Loneliness

From Merrit Kennedy:

According to government figures, more than 9 million people in the U.K. "always or often feel lonely" and "around 200,000 older people have not had a conversation with a friend or relative in more than a month." An increasing body of research has found that feelings of social isolation can have profound health effects; according to a government commission, loneliness is as bad for people's health as smoking 15 cigarettes daily.

"Loneliness can be triggered by a life event, such as a bereavement or becoming a parent, with certain groups, such as young people and carers, particularly at risk," said [Tracey] Crouch [Minister for Sport and Civil Society].

I'm waiting patiently for the day where it will be okay for an American to talk genuinely about feeling lonely without threat of admonition, attacked, or shaming by others. We are not alone in our struggles. There are so many who feel the same.


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Gas pump malware tricks customers into paying for more than they pump

The malware caused the gas pumps, cash registers and back-end systems to display false data. It was also able to cover its tracks. It worked like so: every morning, employees would come up with a pretext to leave one of a station’s reservoirs empty – for example, under the pretense of cleaning. When a customer bought gas, the program automatically shortchanged the customer of between 3% and 7% of the gas purchased. But the gas pump itself would show that the entire volume of purchased gas had been pumped into the tank. The stolen gasoline was automatically sent to the tank that the attendants had left empty that morning.

An idea: Next time you're at 1/4 tank, go to a gas station, fill your tank, and take a picture of the end result for future reference. If you consistently refuel when the gas gauge reads 1/4 tank, you'll know how many gallons it takes to reach a full tank for your vehicle.

It takes about 13 gallons to fill my vehicle when it reaches a quarter-tank. Gas prices have been fairly consistent in my area, so it takes about $42 to fill my rig. If I visit a gas station that has fallen victim to malware, and a typical fill-up at 1/4 tank results in $47 or $48, plus I notice that it takes 15 gallons to fill my tank, I would start to ask questions.

Five cents more for a gallon of gas would normally mean a 65 cent increase in my total cost for the fill-up. If the total cost is more than a few dollars, I would surmise that something was up.

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