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What you need to know about social media and the information you share. By now most have heard about the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica’s data snafu. But what does it really mean to you the user. Honestly not much. Let’s look at the bigger picture, ALL these companies collect data about you; Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter and on and on. You’ve heard the saying “There’s no such thing as free lunch”. Let me ask you, how much do you pay a month to use Facebook? Your Gmail or Outlook.com email? Bet you paid handsomely for your Twitter account. How much do spend to get directions and voice guided navigation to your friends’ new house?
it’s near impossible to not have some data collection from using your devices. Most of this is not for nefarious purposes; companies gather data to figure out what features consumers are using most, to make their products easier to use, and to find out what went wrong when the system or an app crashes. Still, once information is out in the open, there’s no getting it back. It’s worth taking the twenty or so minutes to find out just what you agreed to when you click “yes” when setting up a new device. We have researched the privacy policies of Apple, Google and Microsoft. All these companies have a desktop and smartphone operating system, a personal assistant, a cloud storage service and a map service.
Best Buy's Geek Squad computer repair service has come under fire after details of its relationship with the FBI have been confirmed. Taking your PC in to get fixed could put your privacy at risk. You’ve probably heard of the Geek Squad. Since 1994 the company has offered computer repair services, and its 2002 merger with Best Buy expanded its reach across 1,000 retail outlets in North America.