Tech Friday


  • You are constantly tracked on the web:
    • As you browse the web you are being tracked extensively, and typically without your knowledge or consent
    • Firefox browser maker Mozillahas a series called Tracking Diaries where they invite people to share how they have been tracked online over the course of a day
    • On Tuesday 15th October 2019 Social Media Consultant Matt Navarra was the tracking subject
    • When he started his browser at 9:00AM, there were zero trackers
    • After opening several popular websites, he was up to 90 trackers by 10:00AM
    • By 6:00PM there were over 1,000 trackers
    • Read the more detailed history here:https://blog.mozilla.org/firefox/tracking-diaries-matt-navarra/
    • Firefox is the most privacy friendly mainstream browser, I use and recommend it
    • Learn more about Firefox and it's privacy features here:https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/privacy/products
  • Black Friday 2019 Security Concerns:
    • Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and CyberMonday are two of the biggest online shopping days of the year
    • In 2018 more than 165 million people shopped over the Black Friday weekend, with $6.2 billion in sales that day
    • Experts have predicted that Black Friday sales will hit $7.5 billion this year
    • The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a statement advising consumers to "remain vigilant" and take precautions to avoid falling victim to cybercriminals during this annual shopping frenzy
    • CISA wrote "As this holiday season approaches, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users to be aware of potential holiday scams and malicious cyber campaigns, particularly when browsing or shopping online"
    • Security experts report increased targeting during the holiday season
    • Scams may include bogus coupons, "deals" that are good to be true and fake tracking notices because individuals have a greater likelihood of clicking these links during the holiday shopping frenzy
    • Read the full CISA statement here:https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2019/11/08/holiday-shopping-phishing-and-malware-scams
    • Get more information about and from CISA here:https://www.cisa.gov/
  • Facebook "bug" allows them to access iPhone cameras:
    • Yet another Facebook privacy scandal has surfaced
    • Their iOS app has been opening the iPhone's camera in the background when users view their Facebook feed
    • Facebook responded to concerns raised by Joshua Maddux who posted a video showing his phone camera is active in the background while he viewed the Facebook feed on his phone
    • Facebook said it was an accident, not a feature
    • Guy Rosen, Facebook's vice president of Integrity said "We recently discovered our iOS app incorrectly launched in landscape," and "In fixing that last week in v246 we inadvertently introduced a bug where the app partially navigates to the camera screen when a photo is tapped. We have no evidence of photos/videos uploaded due to this."   
    • It appears that the "bug" only affects iPhone users who granted the Facebook app access to their camera
    • Facebook submitted a fix for the bug to the Apple App Store this week
    • Users can prevent the background camera activity by revoking the app's access to the camera
    • One man's "bug" is another man's "feature"
    • In my book, the Facebook app is little more than spyware and should be deleted as soon as possible