How to Stop Companies From Listening to Your Voice Assistant Recordings

I delete my google recordings once a month… and that was before I knew people were listening although I always assumed they were…

It’s been in the news for weeks: Employees and contractors at Amazon, Google, Apple, and Microsoft are listening to recordings of you talking to voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana. Here’s how to stop humans from listening in. Continue reading

Godcast on Little Mermaid backlash, Pete Rock joins to talk about the SP-1200, Jay Dilla and MORE!

Great interview with the Chocolate Boy Wonder!

Yanadameen Godcast season 2, episode #020

In this episode of the Godcast, Lord Jamar and Rah Digga discuss backlash Disney is receiving for casting Halle Bailey as The Little Mermaid. They also debate on whether or not people should walk up to celebrities with camera phones. Plus, legendary producer Pete Rock joins to talks about his relationship with Jay Dilla, producing some on Hip-Hop’s classic tracks, and much more. Continue reading

Equifax data breach settlement: How to get credit monitoring, a check, or credit freeze

Hilariously, I do such a good job online that I am not even eligible lololololol

See for yourself

Equifax has announced that their massive data breach in 2017 exposed the personal information of 147 million people. Now, the company has agreed to a $700 million settlement. Continue reading

Amazon Keeps Your Voice Recordings Forever

Just like Google says they don’t lol I don’t trust em…

Every time you speak to Alexa, it sends a recording of your voice to Amazon’s servers. If you’ve ever wondered how long Amazon keeps that transcript, the company has an answer for you. Indefinitely—or until you delete the data manually. Continue reading

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

Folks should know by now China ain’t playing with nobody and certainly not playing fair…

Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the German public broadcaster NDR has found. Continue reading

Tired of Google following you? It is now easier to clear location data

Pay attention ppl…

It is now slightly easier to opt out of Google’s panopticon, with the introduction of new controls from the search engine to automatically clear your data after a set period of time.

By default, Google saves a permanent history of everything a user has searched for, every website they have visited, activity from any other app, site or device that uses Google services, and a record of their physical movements gleaned from using Google Maps or an Android device.
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Chicago is Tracking Kids With GPS Monitors That Can Call and Record Them Without Consent

Good ole Crook County…

Cook County has a new contract for juvenile ankle monitors that critics say are an invasion of privacy.

On March 29, court officials in Chicago strapped an ankle monitor onto Shawn, a 15-year-old awaiting trial on charges of armed robbery. They explained that the device would need to be charged for two hours a day and that it would track his movements using GPS technology. He was told he would have to be given permission to leave his house, even to go to school. But he found out that through his monitor, officers wouldn’t just be able to track his location, as most electronic monitors do. They would also be able to speak—and listen—to him. Continue reading

The Best Free Online Proxy Servers You Can Use Safely

I didn’t know about some of these…

Proxy sites and proxy servers allow internet users to bypass internet restrictions and access content that would otherwise be blocked.

Lots of free proxy providers exist, but which are the best? Are there any risks of using a free online proxy? And what alternatives are available? Continue reading

Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show

I’ve always thought dude was shady ever since he kinda stole the idea for Facebook back at Harvard, so this is not surprising…

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg oversaw plans to consolidate the social network’s power and control competitors by treating its users’ data as a bargaining chip, while publicly proclaiming to be protecting that data, according to about 4,000 pages of leaked company documents largely spanning 2011 to 2015 and obtained by NBC News. Continue reading

Want to communicate over Facebook without installing Messenger? Here’s a few options…

Well some of you know that I have a strained relationship with FB to put it mildly….. but friends, family and potential clients/customers are there so I must acquiesce to a point. BUT I do it without using the official FB apps because to be frank, they are shitty. They use way too many resources on mobile devices and as I have detailed in more than a few posts, them shits is all in your business in places they have no business looking.

So here’s a few options to make life dealing with FB a little easier… sorry IOS folks but this is for the Android users because your options are very limited…

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