Being realistic, this is not far from what they were already doing: Google already tracked your searches, what you are watching on Youtube or your emails.
But before March, 1st, Google Plus, Youtube, Gmail and almost 60 Google products, were in different databases. With this change, Google guys are giving themselves the right to put all those products in just one big place, put one and one and one together to build a better and more complete online behaviour of YOU. And use it to chase YOU with their ads.
It should be nonsense for me to tell you to stop using Google products. Almost everything you do in the internet today, from searches and emails, to finding a street and comparing products’ prices, is somehow through a Google product or related to it.
But you can at least reduce the amount of information that Google will be able to collect from you.
Another way to “confuse” Google is creating a different account for each Google service (if you can keep up with all usernames and passwords).
Or, when watching a video on Youtube or searching the Web, make sure you are not logged in to your Google account.
There is also the possibility to use browser plugins that work to protect your data, or even anonymous proxies.
But, the truth is, as soon as you type into your computer, click anything, visit at a page, talk through Skype, or even talk on a telephone, (mobile or fixed), those who want to, can spy on you.
At least now Google is coming clear and telling you that they are spying on you. It makes better sense to me than living in a fool’s paradise, where you still believe that you have control over your life.
The Wikimedia Foundation has just launched the first release of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I hope the next version they’ll use sub-etha to update the contents automatically. It could also come with a babel fish or a Federation tricorder…
Open Thunderbird, and select Tools > Account Settings.
Click Add Account.
Select the Email account radio button and click Next. The Identity screen appears.
Enter your full name in the Your Name field. Enter your Gmail address (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Email Address field, and click Next. Google Apps users, enter your full address in the format username@your_domain.com
Select IMAP as the type of incoming server you are using. Enter imap.gmail.com in the Incoming Server field.
Set the Outgoing Server to smtp.gmail.com and click Next.
Enter your full email address (including @gmail.com@your_domain.com) in the Incoming User Name and Outgoing User Name fields, and click Next.
Enter a name for your email account in the Account Name field, and click Next.
Verify your account information in the dialog box, and click Finish.
Select Server Settings from the folder list below your new account.
Update the Port value to 993.
In the Security Settings section, select SSL from the Use secure connection options.
Select the ‘Check for messages at startup’ checkbox and the ‘Check for new messages every 10 minutes’ checkbox.
Click Outgoing Server (SMTP) in the folder list.
Select the smtp.gmail.com (Default) entry from the list and click Edit. The SMTP Server page appears.
Enter smtp.gmail.com as the Server Name and set the Port to 587.
Select User name and password and enter your full email address (including @gmail.com or @your_domain.com) in the User Name field.
Select TLS from the Use secure connection radio buttons and click OK.
Click OK to save your changes and exit the Account Settings dialog.
Now in your Thunderbird you can see your Calendar as well.
Open the Calendar tab and under the “home” Calendar, click with the right button of your mouse and select “New Calendar”
Select On the Network and click Next.
Select the CalDAV format option.
In the Location field, enter [ https://www.google.com/calendar/dav/ [ your Google Calendar email address ] /events ] and click Next.For example, if the email address used to access your Google Calendar is email@example.com, the Location field should contain https://firstname.lastname@example.org/events
Be sure to use https in your URL, as an http address will not work.
Enter a name and select a color for your calendar.
In the pop-up screen, enter the following information:Username: This is the complete email address you use with Google Calendar (including the part after the @ sign). If you’re using Google Apps, be sure to enter your Google Apps email address. Password: This is the password you use to sign in to Google Calendar
Your Google Calendar will now appear in the Calendar tab of Mozilla Sunbird, and Sunbird will sync any changes to and from Google Calendar.
Now got to Thunderbird add-on tab and install Google Contacts add-on
Configure Google Contacts to synchronize with the server and that’s it.
“Most of us wish we could give more, now we can. Everyclick is a really simple way to raise money for free, just by doing something you already do” said Polly Gowers CEO, co- founder and winner of the WEBA Ethical Entrepreneur of the year 2007. “As we see it, every search that is not raising money for charity is a search wasted.”
Everyclick.com works just like any other search engine, but allows the users to choose the charity they would like to benefit from their searching.The revenue generated for charities comes from companies that advertise on the site.There is no sign up fee or hidden charge to the user or the charity, it’s free giving.
Charities of all sizes are benefiting from this new fundraising service; they range from Cancer Research to small village schools. If 10% of the UK online population used Everyclick.com for their searches, an additional £172,000 would be raised for charity every day.
How to raise more money for Camfed using Everyclick:
search the web using personalised Camfed search page: http://www.everyclick.com/camfed
compare and shop using this link(shop online at Tesco, Dell, Amazon, M&S, BBC, and more – half the revenues will go to Camfed)
Pangea Day aims to ‘tap into the power of film to strengthen tolerance and compassion while uniting millions of people to build a better future’.
Twenty films will be selected to be shown on 10th May 2008 all around the world. Each film selected will receive $3,000 and the opportunity to pitch to Participant Productions (Jeff Skoll’s company). The winner will receive $20,000 to develop their treatment. This would be great for Camfed! (Yes, where I work ! )
If you haven’t already joined up to www.youtube.com, then please do so and view and vote for our film – ‘Two Friends: The Promise of Africa’s Future’ – which can be found here: ‘Two Friends‘
The more votes and the more hits, the greater possibility our film will be noticed! And please get your friends to vote too!
Crackers like to use phishing to spread their malicious code. And actually, if you take care with just some file extensions you can avoid these dangerous codes.
If you receive an e-mail with the extensions .cmd, .bat, .exe or .scr, don’t open it, even if it comes from a secure source. And, as email servers are blocking these attached files, crackers are using telephone promotions, your bank account and other current subjects to direct you to a malicious link where a virus is downloaded. They develop sites almost identical to the original sites, “clones”, where the cracker has total control over your acts. It’s really common send scraps to Orkut users with these links.
Most files available to download in these websites are those kind mentioned in the beginning: .cmd, .bat, .scr or .exe.
The .cmd and .bat files are used to execute scripts known as batch files, to automate tasks. Crackers use these kind of files to steal user data. The .scr are screen saver files, and most users trust this kind of files, but the virus will be activated when the screen saver is executed.The most known, and still most used as phishing is .exe. Users know how dangerous these files are, but, most of time, they don’t pay attention to the extension they are downloading.
The files mentioned are Trojans and keyloggers. Trojans open your machine to the cracker and Keyloggers record everything you type. So, can you imagine the damage to your personal data?
Now that you know these dangerous files, what to do to protect your data? it’s always a good idea to have a firewall and other prevention methods that can identify these links and extensions. And don’t think you will notice that your computer was infected. The cracker don’t want to be noticed, he will be hidden, and quiet, to get all information he wants.
Take care with those files and links, check the extension, don’t open files from unknown sources and don’t execute anything in your computer that you are not sure what is. It’s not that hard to be safe on line.
Last week was time for “SourceForge.net 2007 Community Choice Awards”, championing the best open source projects.
It’s a good place to start your Open Source life, and try some of the best free softwares.
SourceForge.net host 150.000 open source projects, and here you will find the Top 10 in 11 categories. All of them chosen by the SourceForge.net community.
The Awards is a great way to show off these 150.000 projects beyond the SourceForge.net community, with 1,6 million registered users.
First, the community nominated 10 projects for each one of those 11 categories, and them they voted for the best in each one.
The biggest winner was 7-Zip, Best Project and also Best technical Design.
Firebird also won two prizes: Best Project for the Enterprise and Best User Support.
Surprisingly as a Best New Project, SourceForge.net community chose eMule, a peer-to-peer (P2P) program published at SourceForge in 2002. Not so new. probably for that reason, SourceForge.net chose Launchy as a Honourable Mention in this category.
The award was a certainly geek statuette: Thingamagoop’s, by BleepLabs.