With Threema Instant Messenger Going Open Source It Will Be One Of the Most Secure Messengers Even Over Signal

Date Published: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 19:54:17 +0200

Threema does seem to tick all the boxes including not requiring any e-mail address, phone number or SIM to register, and authenticating contacts via QR code, biometric or PIN login access.

Yes it does not have group video calls (just 1 to 1) but security and privacy come first before nice-to-haves. It has Android and iOS apps and a browser based web access for desktop. Just don't lose your fingerprint or backup ID...

See my updated comparison of secure messengers at CryptPad

#technology #privacy #security #instantmessengers

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Think Twice Before Using Facebook, Google, or Apple to Sign In Everywhere - So-called single sign-on options offer a lot of convenience. But they have downsides that a good old fashioned pass

Date Published: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:35:50 +0200

If one of your go-to passwords is compromised, credential stuffers and phishers can access all the accounts you secured with that password. The best way to get around that is to use a password manager, which creates strong, secure passwords wherever you need them. Like SSO, password managers can also become a single point of failure if an attacker takes over control of your devices or steals your unique master password. But unlike single sign-on setups, a password manager doesn't require you to rely on multiple random entities across the web.

The inherent risks aren't just hypothetical. In September 2018, Facebook disclosed a massive data breach that impacted at least 50 million of its users and, among other things, exposed any other account those people logged into using Facebook SSO.

See Think Twice Before Using Facebook, Google, or Apple to Sign In Everywhere

#technology #security #passwords

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So-called single sign-on options offer a lot of convenience. But they have downsides that a good old fashioned password manager doesn't.

How will geoblocking and censorship work on the Internet with Starlink satellites in orbit over all countries? Traditional controls fall away...

Date Published: Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:52:39 +0200

With a connection to an overhead Starlink satellite you'll be gaining an IP address from the satellite, much like a VPN service, meaning there is no traditional way of seeing an IP address granted within a country.

So for example a user in Australia would connect and see sites blocked by their government including a full selection of Netflix movies, and a user connecting from China may be surprised at how much there is on the Internet.

I'm not sure yet where the actual upstream link/s will exit but it will be highly tempting for security agencies to monitor and one wonders what legislation would either guarantee freedom from that, or require some tapping facility to be in place like there has been seen before.

It's going to be interesting times as the paradigm shifts from geographic country access to a more global access. But I'm sure politicians the world around are sharpening their tongues in readiness for some good hearings to debate this.

#technology #starlink #internet #geoblocking #censorship

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Concerned about Privacy and Facebook Control Over Instagram? My Video Highlights How Pixelfed Could Be A Worthy Alternative With Privacy, No Ads and No Feed Algorithms

Date Published: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 23:13:42 +0200

Pixelfed is a photo sharing site similar to Instagram complete with Stories and Collections. It is part of the Fediverse so is not a walled garden. You can follow, and be followed, from other social networks across the Fediverse.

Watch An Overview of the Pixelfed Photo Sharing Network - A Worthy Alternative to Facebook's Instagram?

#technology #opensource #photos #socialnetwork #alternativeto

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Concerned about Privacy, Inserted Adverts into Feed, and Facebook Control Over Instagram? My Video Highlights How Pixelfed Could Be A Worthy Alternative With...

Nuvve And Blue Bird Combine To Create Electric School Buses That Are V2G Enabled - Their Batteries Can Provide Services Such As Frequency Regulation And Demand Response Duties In Real Time To

Date Published: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:47:26 +0200

There are 480,000 school buses in America, making them the largest fleet of commercial vehicles in the nation. By comparison, there are just 96,000 public transit buses, 35,000 intra-city buses, 7,400 airplanes, and 1,200 railway passenger cars. Now imagine all those school buses were electrics, equipped with batteries of about 150 kWh, and they all could be connected to the electrical grid using V2G technology. Consider that all those buses are only in service for a few hours a day, leaving their batteries available to supply electricity to the grid the majority of the day.

Nuvve Corporation, headquartered in San Diego, has partnered with Blue Bird, America’s largest school bus supplier, to bring electric school buses equipped with its vehicle to grid technology to school systems across America. Blue Bird has delivered over 100 electric school buses so far. As of now, Blue Bird’s Vision Type C and All American Type D electric school buses are equipped with a CCS connector capable of V2G charging the buses in about 3 hours. Both models have a 155 kWh battery and a range of up to 120 miles on.

See Nuvve And Blue Bird Combine To Create Electric School Buses That Are V2G Enabled

#technology #V2G #EV #environment #schools

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Nuvve and Blue Bird are now offering electric school buses with vehicle to grid technology, which can turn a fleet of buses into a virtual power plant and earn money for school districts.

Professional Chef On Her Love Of Cooking With Induction - It's Precise Temperatures, Safer, Cleaner, Energy Efficient, Better Air Quality

Date Published: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:40:02 +0200

Quite a lot going for it and it's obviously a no-brainer if you have solar/battery systems for the efficient use of electricity. For most people the real issue will be replacing some pots and pans if they are not compatible (I had to replace about half of mine).

See Professional Chef On Her Love Of Cooking With Induction

#technology #environment #airpollution #cooking

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In our lead up to next Wednesday’s webinar on Induction cooking, I interviewed a professional chef on the joys, advantages, and importance of cooking with induction. Rachelle Boucher is a professional chef and “appliance whisperer” who has been cooking on all types of stoves for years. She has been a celebrated corporate chef with brands like Monark Home, Sub-Zero & Wolf, and Miele U.S.A.

Give Your GNOME Desktop a Tiling Makeover With Material Shell GNOME Extension

Date Published: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 11:25:48 +0200

Material Shell is a GNOME extension and that’s the best thing about it. This means that you don’t have to log out and log in to another desktop environment or window manager. You can enable or disable it from within your current session.

Material Shell adds a left panel for quick access. On this panel, you can find the system tray at the bottom and the search and workspaces on the top. All the new apps are added to the current workspace. You can create new workspace and switch to it for organizing your running apps into categories. This is the essential concept of workspace anyway. In Material Shell, every workspace can be visualized as a row with several apps rather than a box with several apps in it.

See Give Your GNOME Desktop a Tiling Makeover With Material Shell GNOME Extension

#technology #opensource #Linux

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Material Shell GNOME extension turns your regular GNOME desktop into a preconfigured tiling window manager and thus giving you an intuitive interface.

Apart from DuckDuckGo there is also Swisscows (beyond the Boolean search) and SearX (aggregates 70 services) for better search privacy from Big Tech

Date Published: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 20:33:14 +0200

Big companies want our data without leaving us any other choice. Yes, it is almost an extortion, because if we do not agree to the privacy policies of these companies, we do not get any opportunities to use their services. In the past, secret services had to spend a lot of time gathering people's data, but today people voluntarily give it away.

Your data is worth its weight in gold!

Google stores your search and uses it to display personalized advertising. So, you shop where Google wants and eat at restaurants Google has chosen for you. Your behavior is being monitored, stored, and then analyzed. So your hit list or search results are manipulated and adapted.

Swisscows is a centralised search service whilst (if you trust no-one) Searx is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from more than 70 search services. Users are neither tracked nor profiled. Additionally, Searx can be used over Tor for online anonymity.

See Swisscows AG is a company from Switzerland and offers a data secure search engine without monitoring and without data storage.

#technology #bigtech #privacy #search

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As Swisscows AG, we follow the vision to protect users from surveillance and data storage. Swisscows is the data secure search engine and the absolute alternative to Google. Swisscows is also a family-friendly and child-friendly search engine in contrast to Startpage and Duckduckgo.

New way to pay online in South Africa without an app, credit card, or using your data - Ozapp is a progressive web application that carries data cost

Date Published: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 20:15:41 +0200

Mobile payment apps such as Snapscan, Zapper and Masterpass all take up space on your phone and to use them to pay a merchant, you must have data.

Ozapp is a progressive web application (PWA), which acts and looks like an app, but is actually a webpage that takes up very little space on your phone. It displays as an icon on the home screen of your smartphone just like a native app.

When using Ozapp to make a payment, you don’t need data – Ozow, the company that created Ozapp, carries this cost. You also don’t have to register to use it or have a credit card. All you need is an online banking profile with your bank, and while payment happens through your banking profile, you don’t ever have to add the service provider or merchant as a beneficiary. Ozapp does it for you.

See how it works with QR codes at New way to pay online without an app and using your data

#technology #southafrica #banking #shopping #ozapp

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You can now pay a merchant or service provider via electronic funds transfer (EFT) without having to download another payment app which munches up your data and space on your phone. Mobile payment apps such as Snapscan, Zapper and Masterpass all take up space on your phone and to use them to pay a merchant, you must have data.

Highly Processed 'Simple' Carbs are the Worst Carb to Eat if You're Trying to Lose Weight - Eat Complex Carbs Instead

Date Published: Sun, 20 Sep 2020 20:02:26 +0200

If you choose the right ones, carbohydrates can help you banish belly fat, feel satiated, and score energy. After all, carbs are the body's primary source of fuel. But when it comes to weight loss, not all carbs are created equal.

The worst carbs for weight loss—simple, processed carbs—have actually been proven to slow your metabolism, plummet your energy levels in the long run, and divert you from scoring those hard-earned weight-loss wins.

28 healthier carbs are also listed at The #1 Worst Carb to Eat if You're Trying to Lose Weight

#health #carbs #weightcontrol #diabetes

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Not all carbs are created equally. If you're trying to lose the gut, rid your diet of this #1 worst type of carb to eat for good.

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