January 18, 2021

Alternatives to Google Search and Facebook

Watch “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix and you may decide to change some habits related to privacy and security, especially with Facebook and Google Search. In today’s environment, it is not so easy to get away from these large corporations (including Amazon and others that track you around the internet). The problem I experience is keeping informed of what my friends are doing. Once travel is again possible, I suspect I’ll notice this problem more acutely. In the past, I have depended on Facebook (and Instagram) to follow the adventures of my friends and to post photos of my trips. …

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Password Managers

I have been using the password manager, Lastpass, for 10+ years. Recently I switched to 1Password. Lastpass is still my recommendation for a free password manager and a single user. If you want to save documents, as described later in this article, you will need to purchase the “Premium” version of Lastpass ($3/month for 1 user, or $4/month for a family plan) or 1Password ($3/month for one user, or $5/month for the family plan). Not only does the password manager make it so I only have to remember a single password, I have expanded it to help the family take care …

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