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    Privacy

    Since I received my tablet for xmas the first thing that came to mind was how UN-private this thing is. You just have to look at the permissions you have to accept in order to use certain apps and know that you do not have any privacy whatsoever.

    Today I was reading my usual main stream news and alternative news sites and fell upon this little bit of information.

    Have a look for yourself.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...evelopers.html

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    That is scary but doesn't surprise me about Google.

    I use Gmail, but have never bought an App from Google play so hopefully that won't affect me.

    I try to limit my use of Google related things other than Gmail as I simply don't trust them or anyone else that has monopolies for that matter.

    You can opt out of a few privacy things if you do a Google search for "google privacy opt out "
    Last edited by LogMan; 02-17-2013 at 02:35 PM.

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    Here's a more private search engine:

    https://startpage.com/

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    Re: Privacy

    It is crazy. I just noticed the app permissions on GTA vice city and I was taken back by what that app needed for you to use it. There is no reason for a game to need permissions to phone calls.

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    So I went to install startpage on my PC firefox browser, and it won't install because I have Javascript disabled, so that's a kick in the pants right off the bat for me

    Enabling Java is the last thing I want to do until they fix their problems with security.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LogMan View Post
    So I went to install startpage on my PC firefox browser, and it won't install because I have Javascript disabled, so that's a kick in the pants right off the bat for me

    Enabling Java is the last thing I want to do until they fix their problems with security.
    Java and javascript are 2 completely different animals.

    Java is a runtime environment developed by Sun Microsystems. Javascript is a scripting language developed by Netscape.

    From what I read, the Java security flaw does not affect javascript, so you should be safe.
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    Kinda confusing because Firefox tells me "Java (TM) Platform SE 7 U11 10.11.2.21 (Disabled ) is known to be vulnerable, use with caution "

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/blocked/p182

    So unless I enable it, I can't install Startpage because it gives me this error message :

    Add Startpage to your Browser

    We have detected that your browser has JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript in your browser preferences to proceed with adding Startpage to your browser.

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    Java is in the Add-Ons section.

    Javascript is not.

    Hit the Firefox dropdown on the top left corner of your PC browser, Click Options and then go to the Content tab.

    Tick the Enable JavaScript box.


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    For those concerned or interested to learn about app permissions, there is an excellent link in the malware FAQ linked in my signature which covers pretty much everything there is to say on the subject.

    PLEASE Search for existing threads before posting a new one. Thanks.

    Your opinion matters. But should you disagree - please try not to be disagreeable

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    Oh & I will just add this - log in to your Google account from a web browser. Go to the settings of that account & turn OFF everything you do not want to be shared, synced or saved by Google.

    Add a PIN number to your Google Play Store account for an additional layer of security.

    Do not post details about your life, your views, your photos & your family on Facebook or any other social network.

    Ensure you have security/encryption turned on on your router & change the default password for the admin side.

    Always use a different password for every service you use & ensure it is of good quality - a mixture of upper & lower case letters & numerals.

    Only ever buy online from reputable sources & websites & do not store any more details than you need to on any site, anywhere.

    Always run a security app on your android devices

    Always keep your apps up to date & check changes in permissions for manual updates

    And then after all that, just come to terms with the fact that in the 21st century, personal privacy on the Internet is largely illusory & just by being online & having an email account means that you have already given up some of your privacy. Big brother is watching you - "they" always have & "they" always will.

    Exercise due diligence, be sensible, be informed, do your best & then stop worrying about it - the younger generation have sacrificed all privacy forever with their always online twittering & face booking every tiny detail of their lives - they (& you if you are among them) have far more to worry about than anyone who just behaves with even a modicum of common sense on this issue.

    Sermon over...

    PLEASE Search for existing threads before posting a new one. Thanks.

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