DuckDuckGo, EFF, and others just launched privacy settings for the whole internet

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The new standard, called Global Privacy Control, will let you activate a browser setting to keep your data from being sold. A group of tech companies, publishers, and activist groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla, and DuckDuckGo are backing a new standard to let internet users set their privacy settings for the entire web. Read Full Story

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TikTok overhauls privacy settings for its teenage users

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The changes will drive “higher default standards for user privacy and safety,” according to TikTok. TikTok has announced broad and sweeping changes to the app’s privacy settings for its teenage users. The changes affect the default privacy settings for all users under the age of 18, though they are different depending on what age group you fall into if you’re under 18. Here’s how the changes break down: Read Full Story

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5 Alternatives to Yahoo Groups

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Yahoo Groups was one of the original online communities. You could use it to create or participate in online chats with people from across the world who have the same interests and ideas as you. A host of new online communication tools have been released in recent years. Many of these new platforms offer features Yahoo Groups doesn’t. After lagging behind their competitors for a few years, Yahoo Groups officially shut down in December of 2020. Thankfully, if you were a fan, there are a plethora of alternatives to Yahoo Groups. Below, we’ll discuss our favorites so you can pick the best online group platforms for you. What Was Yahoo Groups Used For? Yahoo launched Groups in January 2001. Users could post messages, polls, photos, events, files, mailing lists, links to websites, and more. The platform soon became a popular host for vibrant online discussion boards. If you owned a …

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How to Grow a Facebook Group

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Facebook now has over 2 billion active monthly users. Nearly 1 billion of those users participate in Facebook Groups. Creating a group of your own is an inexpensive and effective way to reach your target market. If you’re not already familiar with Facebook Groups , it’s essentially a community within Facebook’s platform that users can join and participation is encouraged. Groups are built around common interests or goals, like cooking or running, but there are plenty of business-focused groups too. In this post, I’m going to cover everything you need to know to start and grow your own successful Facebook group and how to use it to market your business. By the end, you’ll know more than most Facebook marketers about taking a Facebook Group from nothing to something spectacular. Let’s get started. Who is Your Facebook Group For? The first thing you need to figure out about your group …

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Best Video Conferencing Software

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. Video conferencing software has exploded in popularity over the last year. With people working from home and remote work becoming the new normal, businesses rely on video conferencing services to communicate. But not all video conferencing software is the same. The tools you use to video chat with your friends and family across the across aren’t necessarily the best business communication options. Which video conferencing software is the best for you? I’ll break down my top picks in greater detail below. The Top 6 Options For Video Conferencing Software BlueJeans Cisco Webex Lifesize Whereby RingCentral GlobalMeet by PGI How to Choose the Best Video Conferencing For You As you’re shopping around and evaluating different options, there are certain criteria that must be taken into consideration. Keep these factors in …

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This woman is determined to kill the password—and hacking as we know it

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How Yubico CEO Stina Ehrensvärd championed a new security standard and started us on the path to a password-free world. YubiKey, a piece of hardware designed by Yubico CEO Stina Ehrensvärd that uses cryptography to verify your identity when you plug it into a device, has won adherents in 160 countries and at Google, Facebook, Dropbox, and Salesforce. But Ehrensvärd sought a solution that protected everyone—even if they didn’t use her key. In March 2019, she succeeded: The World Wide Web Consortium, the internet standards body, adopted WebAuthn, a heightened set of security protocols that Yubico built in collaboration with Google and Microsoft. Major browsers including Apple’s Safari and Google’s Chrome now support it. (In December, Apple extended the support to Safari on iOS.) Ehrensvärd looks forward to seeing applications built on top of WebAuthn, including physical authenticators (such as YubiKey) and biometric solutions. “In this new, secure, password-less world,” …

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Best VPN Services

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The pandemic has changed work permanently. Before COVID-19, only 9.8 million (out of 140 civilian workers in the U.S.) worked remotely. Today, almost 70 million people are working remotely. Are you working remotely? If you are, there’s a good chance that you’ll need a virtual private network (VPN). If you’re running a small business and your employees need to work remotely, you need a VPN as well. Today, we’re going to take a look at VPNs — what they are, why you need them, and how to find the VPN that’s right for you. What’s a VPN, and Why Do You Need One? A VPN is a private network that’s run through a public network — imagine that a remote worker sitting in Starbucks had an extra-long Ethernet cable. They plug one end into their computer, and the other end directly into their company’s servers at work. That’s basically what …

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40 Advanced and Alternative Search Engines

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Have you ever been looking for something but didn’t know where to find it? If that something is online, then your search is over (or just about to begin). The following are 40 advanced and alternative search engines that you can use to find just about anything on the Internet. Use them to follow discussions about your industry, monitor your online reputation , and much more! General Search To start off our search adventure, let’s look at some general search engines beyond the top three — Google, Bing , and Baidu. DuckDuckGo Concerned about online privacy? DuckDuckGo prides itself on being the search engine that does not track or personalize your searches and results. They even offer handy visual guides on Google tracking and filter bubbling. If you’re an iOS user, you can set DuckDuckGo to be the default search engine in Safari. It’s also an option for Safari on …

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