The new silent majority: People who don't tweet

Interesting news.

  • PEW showing the vast majority of people DON'T use Twitter.
  • Nielsen Media Research data showing although Fox News is the top rated news, 99% of people don't watch it.
  • CNN has worse numbers..CNN was in last place in total viewers
  • More people donated to charities than to political parties.




Most people you meet in everyday life — at work, in the neighborhood — are decent and normal. Even nice. But hit Twitter or watch the news, and you'd think we were all nuts and nasty. 


Why it matters: The rising power and prominence of the nation's loudest, meanest voices obscures what most of us personally experience: Most people are sane and generous — and too busy to tweet. 


Reality check: It turns out, you're right. We dug into the data and found that, in fact, most Americans are friendly, donate time or money, and would help you shovel your snow. They are busy, normal and mostly silent.

  • These aren't the people with big Twitter followings or cable-news contracts — and they don't try to pick fights at school board meetings.
  • So the people who get the clicks and the coverage distort our true reality. 


Three stats we find reassuring:

  1.  75% of people in the U.S. never tweet.
  2. On an average weeknight in January, just 1% of U.S. adults watched primetime Fox News (2.2 million). 0.5% tuned into MSNBC (1.15 million).
  3. Nearly three times more Americans (56%) donated to charities during the pandemic than typically give money to politicians and parties (21%).
Created byStu Wise · Mar 9, 2022 ·  0 ·  0 · open 

Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots

Looks like only B&W printers might be safe? -Stu


Experts discovered something of interest: yellow dots in a roughly rectangular pattern repeated throughout pages printed on color printers. These yellow dots, magnified 60 times, were found on a Xerox printout. (Credit: Electronic Frontier Foundation)



Here they are on an actual printed document.

They were barely visible to the naked eye, but formed a coded design. They show up better under a blue led light.  After some quick analysis, they seemed to reveal the exact date and time that the pages in question were printed: 06:20 on 9 May, 2017 – at least, this is likely to be the time on the printer’s internal clock at that moment. The dots also encode a serial number for the printer.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) maintains a list of colour printers known to use them. The images below, captured by the EFF, demonstrate how to decode them:

A statement from Electronic Freedom Foundation sums it up well:

Some of the documents that we previously received through FOIA suggested that all major manufacturers of color laser printers entered a secret agreement with governments to ensure that the output of those printers is forensically traceable. Although we still don't know if this is correct, or how subsequent generations of forensic tracking technologies might work, it is probably safest to assume that all modern color laser printers do include some form of tracking information that associates documents with the printer's serial number.

(Added 2017) REMINDER:

This is a partial list of printers that do this. Is yours on here?

brand       model
Brother    HL-4200CN
Brother    HL-2700CN
Canon    Imageclass MF8170C
Canon    Color Laser Copier 1150
Canon    Color imageRUNNER C3220
Canon    Color imageRUNNER C3200N
Canon    Color imageRUNNER C3200
Canon    Color imageRUNNER C3100CN
Canon    Color imageRUNNER C2570
Canon    CLC-iR 3200-C1
Canon    CLC 5000+
Canon    CLC 4000
Canon    CLC 3002
Canon    CLC 2400
Canon    CLC 1000
Dell    5100CN
Dell    3100CN
Dell    3000CN
Epson    AcuLaser C900
Epson    AcuLaser C4000
Epson    AcuLaser C3000
Epson    AcuLaser C1900
Epson    AcuLaser C1500
Epson    AcuLaser C1100
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 9500MFP
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 9500HDN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 9500
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 5550DTN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 5550DN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 5550
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 5500HDN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 5500DN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 5500ATN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 5500
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 5100CN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 4700DTN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 4700DN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 4700
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 4650DTN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 4650DN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 4650
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 4600N
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 4600HDN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 4600DN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 4600
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 3700N
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 3700DN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 3700
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 3600DN
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 3550
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 3500
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 2840
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 2700N
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 2680
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 2600N
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 2550N
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 2550L
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 2550
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 2500N
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 2500L
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 2500
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 1600
Hewlett-Packard    Color LaserJET 1550L
IBM    Infoprint Color 1464 PS3
Konica    Magicolor 7300
Konica    Magicolor 5450
Konica    Magicolor 3300
Konica    Magicolor 3100
Konica    Magicolor 2450
Konica    Magicolor 2430 DL
Konica    Magicolor 2400 W
Konica    Magicolor 2350 EN
Konica    Magicolor 2350
Konica    Magicolor 2300 W
Konica    Magicolor 2300 DL
Konica    Magicolor 2210
Konica    Magicolor 2200 DL
Konica    Ikon CPP500E
Konica    Colorforce 8050
Konica    Colorforce 1501
Konica    Bizhub C350
Konica    Bizhub C252
Kyocera    Mita KM-C2230
Kyocera    FS-C8008
Kyocera    FS-C5030N
Kyocera    FS-C5020N
Kyocera    FS-C5016N
Kyocera    C2630D
Lexmark    C912
Lexmark    C910
Lexmark    C760
Lexmark    C752N
Lexmark    C752
Lexmark    C510
Panasonic    Workio KXCL-500
Ricoh    Infotec/Danka ISC 2838
Ricoh    AP 206
Ricoh    Aficio CL 7000
Ricoh    Aficio CL 6010
Ricoh    Aficio CL 3000E
Ricoh    Aficio CL 3000
Ricoh    Aficio CL 2000
Ricoh    Aficio 1232C
Ricoh    Aficio 1224C
Samsung    CLP35
Samsung    C3210
Toshiba    FC70
Toshiba    FC25Pi
Toshiba    FC25P
Toshiba    FC22i
Toshiba    FC22
Toshiba    FC15i
Toshiba    FC15
Toshiba    eStudio 3511
Toshiba    eStudio 311c
Toshiba    eStudio 310c
Toshiba    eStudio 3100c
Toshiba    eStudio 211c
Toshiba    eStudio 210c
Toshiba    eStudio 2100c
Xerox    WorkCentre M24
Xerox    Phaser 790
Xerox    DocuColor 6060
Xerox    DocuColor 5252
Xerox    DocuColor 40
Xerox    DocuColor 3535
Xerox    DocuColor 2240
Xerox    DocuColor 2045
Xerox    DocuColor 2000
Xerox    DocuColor 1632
Xerox    DocuColor 1521
Xerox    DocuColor 12
Xerox    WorkCentre Pro (all

Created byStu Wise · Jan 2, 2022 ·  0 ·  0 · open 

What does each messaging app gather about you

Part of managing your private information is not only understanding WHICH messaging apps gather information on you, but WHAT those apps gather.

Here are four of popular messaging apps just to compare them....

Created byStu Wise · Dec 17, 2021 ·  0 ·  0 · open 

Google finally reveals the amount of data Gmail collects on iPhone

Wow! Damn interesting the amount of information Apple and Google are gathering on YOU.

Wouldn't be so bad if only *they* used the information, but under suboena the government can make your life a living hell.

In a nutshell:

  • Your purchases
  • Your travels
  • Your  email, phone numbers, addressess
  • Your friends and other people you have contact with
  • Your documents and spreadsheet content
  • Your searches
  • Your web browsing sites
  • Your usage habits on your phone, pc, and other devices

and something that is only called "OTHER DATA".

There are ways to break the connection with Google on your phone, but so far no way of doing this on Apple devices.





Google finally reveals the terrifying amount of data Gmail collects on iPhone

  • Google has finally revealed the terrifying amount of data apps like Gmail and YouTube can collect from iPhone and iPad.
  • Google started submitting App Privacy labels for it some of its iOS apps after facing criticism that it delayed app updates to delay implementing the mandatory iOS 14 privacy features.
  • Both Gmail and YouTube collect plenty of user data for different purposes, including information used for third-party advertising purposes.

Apple’s new iOS 14 privacy features sent shockwaves through the advertising industry last fall when they started rolling out. Apple will not stop advertisers from tracking users across the web and services, but it now forces developers to indicate all the personal data an app can collect and the purposes for said data collection. iPhone and iPad will also force developers to ask for permission to track users across apps and services. Facebook’s massive attack on Apple in mid-December is proof that the privacy changes are a big deal for companies that make money off of highly personalized ads. Those ads are based on the data users allow Facebook, Google, and others to collect about them in return for free access to their services. It’s the kind of trade-off that works in the trade industry. But users might not be aware of the scope of the data they give third-parties access to. That’s where Apple’s App Privacy labels in iOS 14 will help.


Unlike Facebook, Google did not make a big deal about Apple’s privacy features. But the company did delay updating its iOS apps for well over a month. Those updates are finally coming in, with major iPhone apps like YouTube and Gmail having just received their first major updates in several weeks. Unsurprisingly, there’s a massive amount of information that Google can collect from iPhone users.


As with Facebook’s privacy labels, Google’s labels indicate that its apps will collect plenty of user data for several purposes. This includes third-party advertising, analytics, product personalization, app functionality, and — the most annoying one — other purposes. These categories also contain an “other data types” section that suggests the apps can collect even more information than they’re ready to disclose.

Gmail App Privacy Label
An App Store screenshot of Gmail’s summary App Privacy label in iOS 14. Image source: App Store


The following comparison shows that Gmail and YouTube do not collect the same information for advertising purposes. YouTube hoards plenty of additional information compared to Gmail. All that data is used for Google to sell better-targeted ads that bring in more revenue. However, Google often says that it doesn’t share any user data with advertisers, and that’s true. Google doesn’t hand others this personal information, but it uses it to allow companies to target specific categories of users with specific types of ads.


Gmail App Privacy Label
App Privacy labels App Store screenshots show differences between Gmail (left) and YouTube (right) for the “third-party advertising” section. Image source: Chris Smith, BGR

Again, there’s no problem with Google and Facebook collecting all that data, and iOS 14 will not stop any developer from tracking users as long as apps obey its privacy rules. The apps have to list the data they collect, and they’ll have to ask permission for tracking.


However, these privacy labels could help users make more informed decisions about what sort of information they’re willing to allow apps to collect.

YouTube App Privacy Label

An App Store screenshot of YouTube’s summary App Privacy label in iOS 14. Image source: App Store



Created byStu Wise · Feb 24, 2021 ·  0 ·  0 · open 

Signal: The Pros and Cons of a Truly Private Chat App

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In 2013 Edward Snowden revealed that the United States government was spying on millions of American through phone wire taps, messaging wiretaps, and email wiretaps.

Because of this many people are moving their communications to encrypted messaging tools like Signal Enrypted Messaging

The pandemic (panic) drove unprecedented sign-ups on the encrypted messaging app, as people started communicating more online. Then, nationwide protests over police brutality prompted another round of records. Signal saw about one million downloads world-wide in May, according to analytics firm App Annie.


Protesters have flocked to the app. Even though people who organize and participate in protests are protected by the First Amendment, they often seek secure communication, out of caution. And if they do get into legal trouble, Signal is designed to limit the information the messaging service can give to the authorities.


That is what initially attracted privacy die-hards to Signal. In a 2015 talk, the app’s creator, Moxie Marlinspike, declared, “Privacy is at an all-time low, and surveillance is at an all-time high.” Signal was intended as the antidote.


In the intervening years the app has grown in popularity, with 32.4 million installs, according to data analytics firm Sensor Tower. It also has become a very useful, albeit bare-bones, messaging app. While Signal isn’t one of a kind— Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp and Apple Inc.’s iMessage have similar end-to-end encryption—experts say Signal is the most secure.


If you aren’t already on Signal, you might be wondering: Should I be? This guide will help you answer that.

What exactly is Signal?


It’s a messaging app. It’s also a technology—Signal’s encryption protocol is used by platforms such as WhatsApp, and it is open-source, which allows any security researcher to scrutinize its code for flaws and verify that the encryption is as secure as Signal claims.

How does end-to-end encryption work?


 Encryption turns your messages and calls into a string of gibberish. Only the intended recipient is able to decrypt the message—no one else, not even the app’s maker. In fact, end-to-end encryption is so secure that it has drawn the ire of government officials, who say encrypted messaging apps make it difficult to track down criminals.


Even if you aren’t a criminal or concerned about government surveillance, there’s a strong argument for using encryption. It protects you from malicious actors keen on intercepting business secrets or credentials, as well as companies wanting to serve you personalized advertising.


Just remember, encryption doesn’t prevent a message’s recipient from taking a screenshot or passing it along, or from someone seeing your messages by gaining access to your phone. (Always use a strong passcode.)

What can I do on Signal?


You can send text and audio messages to individuals or groups, and make one-on-one voice or video calls over the internet or a data connection. Everyone involved must be on Signal.


There are mobile apps for Android, iPhone and iPad, as well as desktop apps for Mac, Windows and Linux. There is no support for  Chrome OS on Chromebooks.


Recently, Signal introduced a blur tool, which can be used to obscure faces or sensitive information on documents. To use it, tap on the camera icon from the main page of the app. Take a picture or select a photo from your library, then tap the checkered-circle blur icon.


Blurring sensitive parts of a picture


How can I make Signal messages even more private?


Disappearing messages: Select a conversation, and tap your contact’s name. There you can set a time between five seconds and one week, after which viewed messages will automatically delete.


View-once media: This mobile-only feature automatically removes a photo or video from a conversation once it has been viewed. From the main app page, tap the camera icon. Take a photo or select one from your library. At the bottom left of the screen, tap to switch the infinity-symbol icon to the “1x” icon.


Signal PIN: This prevents someone else from registering your phone number on Signal, an attack known as SIM swapping. Tap on your profile icon (top left), then Privacy, then enable Signal PIN.

Is Signal really better than WhatsApp and iMessage?

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Both WhatsApp and iMessage offer end-to-end encryption by default, and it’s likely you already use at least one of them. So is Signal the superior app?

First you should compare what the apps are gathering.

Signal’s core mission, privacy, is evident throughout the design of the app. For example, when someone initiates a video call on Signal, your video isn’t automatically turned on when you pick up. You accept the call, then turn on your camera.


The app also doesn’t log much information (metadata) about the nature of the messages themselves. “Signal makes it a point to keep as little data as possible while still being able to provide service,” said Lujo Bauer, professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University.


In a recent blog post, Mr. Marlinspike boasted that the only data the U.S. government was able to obtain from a 2016 grand jury subpoena was the date of an account’s creation and the date of last use, nothing else.

One-Time Use photos


WhatsApp, on the other hand, tracks things like who you contacted and when, said Prof. Bauer. A spokeswoman said Facebook doesn’t provide WhatsApp data to law-enforcement agencies retroactively—the company only shares the transaction log data collected after it receives a valid legal request.


Apple also retains some metadata from iMessage (aka the Messages app). When you enter a phone number to message someone, Apple verifies whether the number is iMessage-compatible. A date and time of that lookup, along with the phone number, is saved for 30 days, then deleted. An Apple spokeswoman said Apple can’t determine if any communication took place—only whether a user looked at a contact or initiated an iMessage.


While that might not seem like much, metadata can easily serve as evidence. “Just knowing who the contacts of a target are can expand an investigation,” said Mary Fan, a law professor at the University of Washington.


Cloud backups, while convenient, are yet another potential vulnerability with popular apps. Media and messages stored in the cloud aren’t protected by end-to-end encryption on either WhatsApp or iMessage.


All Signal data is stored locally, which means when you buy a new phone, you need to manually transfer your old Signal messages over.


Because Signal isn’t owned by a tech giant and is backed by a nonprofit foundation—with $50 million from WhatsApp co-founder and Facebook ex-executive Brian Acton —it likely won’t ever show you ads.


Why might I not I use Signal?


WhatsApp and iMessage have more features. To name a few: temporary location sharing, which is useful for meetups, and group video chat—up to 8 on WhatsApp and 32 on Apple’s embedded FaceTime service.

Signal also doesn’t have those apps’ massive user base. WhatsApp has two billion users and Apple has sold nearly two billion iPhones. Your friends and family are more likely to use those companies’ messaging services. “I often find that whatever is the most convenient for people is what they’re most likely to use successfully,” Prof. Bauer said.


In other words, WhatsApp and iMessage are still more private and secure than plain SMS text messaging, and if that’s where your contacts are, then they are still a good option.




Created byStu Wise · Jan 3, 2021 ·  0 ·  0 · open