Mon, 17 February, 2020

New Zealand teenagers: We know what you do, we know what you feel.

For those do not believe surveillance capitalism is a problem in our part of the world, listen to what Shoshanna Zuboff has to say.

Fri, 07 February, 2020

Understanding browser fingerprinting

  ClientVariations proto;
  for (const VariationIDEntry& entry : all_variation_ids_set) {
    switch (entry.second) {
      case GOOGLE_WEB_PROPERTIES_SIGNED_IN:
        if (is_signed_in)
          proto.add_variation_id(entry.first);
        break;
      case GOOGLE_WEB_PROPERTIES:
        proto.add_variation_id(entry.first);
        break;
      case GOOGLE_WEB_PROPERTIES_TRIGGER:
        proto.add_trigger_variation_id(entry.first);
        break;
      case ID_COLLECTION_COUNT:
        // This case included to get full enum coverage for switch, so that
        // new enums introduce compiler warnings. Nothing to do for this.
        break;
    }

Mon, 03 February, 2020

reCaptcha knows when you contact the IRD

Last December, I had to set up an account with BC Hydro in Canada, which is provincial government’s energy company. While going through the process of setting it up online - there was a reCAPTCHA message at the bottom. But unlike most, this one had some fine print:

Wed, 22 January, 2020

Reconsidering Lastpass for password storage

I recently found out that 3rd party password manager, LastPass, was sold to = for 4.3 Billion USD. This certainly opened my eyes, since I have been a long time user. I have recommended it in past, but with the recent sale I have reconsidered. Here’s why.

Thu, 16 January, 2020

All your passwords belong to us.

Why did I have to learn about Google’s password collection by surprise?

Last year, I found out about Google’s tracking of our purchase history. Yesterday, after reinstalling my email client, my Gmail account was blocked because it was considered an ‘unsafe’ app. * In turn I had to dive deeply into the issue, and found out that Google now has a password manager.