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- Print Length: 177 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 19, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J4YBKFW
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The Digital Media Mom's Guide To Tech Security And App Permissions In Plain English Kindle Edition
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I learn about April Hamilton, from an online discussion group. She is an amazing researcher and clear writer. Every person can benefit from the useful web safety tips in this book. Our phones are more and more at risk of being hacked and we need to be safe consumers. I recommend this book.
.Most of us today are dependent by choice on technology. For all the benefits and enjoyment we get, we are susceptible to hacking and scammers. This book arms us laymen with extensive info on how to protect our sensitive data to a large extent. To be truly 100% "safe" however, we would need to get off "the grid" entirely!!!
The major threat (in my opinion) to online security is misinformation. Either by those with truly criminal or malicious intent or those who (maybe, with good intentions) instill distrust with wrong or partial information. An excellent way to protect ourselves is to arm ourselves with ACCURATE, COMPLETE information and an understanding of that information. This book gives us that info..
One good example of what I'm talking about is to look at some of the one star reviews of the daily Free App Of The Day (FAOTD) game apps in the Amazon Store. Many aren't legitimate REVIEWS of the app for it's entertainment graphics, sound, function, creativity, etc, Many times the reviews aren't even written by someone who has played the game!!!
The author gives complete info on what many app permissions actually involve. Brief examples, if you want to play against friends, the app would need permission (thus functional ability) to access your contact list. etc. Developers need to make a living. To do that, yeah, there may be ads on YOUR FREE (or VERY inexpensive) GAME!!!
The simplest bit of advice I gleaned and would pass on is that you have the ability to limit the info an app may share and. It's really simple!!! Turn "Airplane Mode" on!!! That isolates your device from others. And might give you a chance to enjoy a great app based on YOUR own personal experience. Maybe review the app yourself.
You can always go to "Manage your Kindle" and DELETE an app if you feel it necessary !!
This material has been needed for a while. It clears up a lot of partial or misinformation of online security issues.
As a participant in the digital age and with all the recent headlines of credit card hacks, iCloud hacks etc, privacy has been a pressing issue in my head. One of my favorite parts of the book was Hamilton’s analogy of explaining privacy as it being a lot like home security; “lock the door, don’t leave your valuables out in the open, don’t give your keys to strangers, keep your locks and keys separate, and don’t let fishy people into your home.” Her analogy gave me a new perspective on privacy online and helped reassure me that I can do something about protecting myself online. Let’s face it the only way to ensure your safe from every and any online threat, is to stay off the internet completely. Since that is not really an option, I am happy I read this book because it has helped me feel more secure about my online presence.