urn:uuid:b6da0616-4d94-5840-b818-fdcbf6cc4f81 Topic: Privacy – Ctrl blog Daniel Aleksandersen https://www.daniel.priv.no/ Copyright © 2023 Daniel Aleksandersen. https://www.ctrl.blog/assets/logo/logo-square.svg 2023-04-07T13:43:00Z weekly 10 urn:uuid:933ffdf1-dc6d-48c0-8ef3-4a7e35fdb230 2023-04-07T13:43:00Z 2023-04-07T13:43:00Z Phone Link relays your personal data through Microsoft servers <cite>Phone Link</cite> relays your personal data through Microsoft servers The Phone Link app doesn’t transfer data directly between your devices over the local network. Instead, it allows Microsoft to peak at your personal data. <p>The Microsoft Phone Link (formerly known as “Your Phone”) app for Windows, Android, and iOS lets you access parts of your smartphone from within Windows. However, Microsoft has not built the service with your privacy in mind. Instead, the software behemoth relays your personal data through its servers, despite the app only working while your devices are connected to the same local network.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/microsoft-phone-link-privacy.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:1a7d38d8-2b1c-4c40-8933-fd052e8c2142 2022-11-08T22:29:00Z 2022-11-08T22:29:00Z Don’t record your social life on an append-only social network The tech behind peer-to-peer (P2P) social networks such as Secure Scuttlebutt enforces permanency. Absolute permanency isn’t what you want in a social network. <p>Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB) is an alternative, self-governed, distributed social network without gatekeepers. You only see updates and mentions from people you follow, so moderation isn’t as much of an issue as on Twitter. However, the technology that powers the platform is ill-suited for sharing things with our ever-changing social circles.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/append-only-social.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:e37b8590-a8c5-4159-96a1-e50e89bb82f8 2022-08-12T16:16:00Z 2022-08-12T16:16:00Z Stop using DICT dictionary apps (such as GNOME/MATE Dictionary) MATE Desktop installs a Dictionary app (a fork of the retired GNOME Dictionary app). The apps don’t protect your pricacy, and you might want to stop using them. <p>The MATE Desktop for Linux installs a Dictionary app by default (a fork of the retired GNOME Dictionary app). The apps don’t protect your privacy, and you might want to stop using them.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/dict-protocol-privacy.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:bc46ab39-9a74-4690-8896-eed28aac875b 2022-07-20T09:26:00Z 2022-07-23T19:06:00Z TeamViewer installs suspicious font only useful for web fingerprinting A weird almost unreadable font file bundled with TeamViewer for Windows software lets website detect if you’ve installed the software. Raises privacy concerns. <p>So, here’s a bit of a mystery: Why does TeamViewer – the popular remote desktop program – install a font it doesn’t use on your computer? The abstract font (shown in the above image) doesn’t seem to serve any purpose in the software. Intentional or not, it enables websites to detect if you have TeamViewer installed on your computer.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/teamviewer-font-privacy.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:1ddd439f-ce4e-4a98-bbae-90ac9f0242b3 2022-03-09T14:37:00Z 2022-03-09T14:37:00Z Some discouraging anecdotes on how services handle account deletions I asked 124 services to delete my user account. The results were mixed. 21 never responded, and 16 responded by created even more accounts. Some outright lied. <p>I set out to purge my password manager for unused accounts and services. I also took the opportunity to request that the companies that stored that data should delete it. The results were quite discouraging.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/account-deletions-2021.html">Read more …</a></p>