Jackie Ferrentino for NPR
Before I became a reporter at NPR, I worked for a few years at tech companies.
One of the companies was in the marketing technology business — the industry that’s devoted in part to tracking people and merging their information, so they can be advertised to more effectively.
That tracking happens in multiple senses: Physical tracking, because we carry our phones everywhere we go. And virtual tracking, of all the places we go online.
The more I understood how my information was being collected, shared and sold, the more I wanted to protect my privacy. But it’s still hard to know which of my efforts are actually effective and which are a waste of time.
So I reached out to experts in digital security and privacy to find out what they do to protect their stuff – and what they recommend most to us regular folks.
Here’s what they told me.
1. To protect your accounts, practice good security hygiene.
There are some steps that make sense for almost all of us, says Eva Galperin, the director of cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Those include using strong passwords, two-factor authentication, and downloading the latest security updates.
She and other experts make a distinction between privacy and security when it comes to your data. Security generally refers to protecting against someone trying to access your stuff — like stealing your credit card number or hacking your accounts. Privacy is more often used to talk about keeping your movements from being tracked for purposes of advertising or surveillance.
It turns out that the steps to protect your security are more clear-cut than those for privacy — but we’ll come back to that.
Use strong passwords or passphrases for your accounts. Longer than a
Karen Lin, Contributing Photographer
While the pandemic has closed off physical access to Yale’s Good Life Center,Oliv the center’s team is continuing to provide virtual programming for students.
The Good Life Center — launched in 2018 after Silliman Head of College Laurie Santos’ class “Psychology and the Good Life” drew over 1,000 enrollees — is normally housed in the fourth floor of Silliman College. According to the center’s website, the Good Life Center is “a cultivated space to inspire, teach, and practice living the good life.” In a normal year, students could spend time in the center’s lounge, which features a tea station and physical comforts corner. They could also visit the study or the sandbox — a silent, tech-free zone. Although students cannot use these spaces now, weekly newsletters from the GLC advertise various Zoom events.
“I think in some ways the virtual format has actually made our events more accessible,” GLC Woodbridge Fellow Alexa Vaghenas ’20 said. “Students can easily pop into a workshop or guided meditation as they please, for instance, without having to travel to Silliman College.”
According to Santos, who founded the center, the GLC has been able to keep much of its old programming, including meditation classes, yoga and wellness chats.
Recently publicized virtual events include “Mindfulness and Gratitude Meditation” — which currently runs on Thursdays and Sundays — high-intensity interval training workouts and an upcoming workshop on how to feel “focused and organized” by paying attention to study space setup.
“We’ve also developed some new programming specifically for the current situation,” Santos wrote in an email to the News.
Santos explained that Vaghenas has designed a new series of events relevant to the current conditions on how athletes are handling the change that comes with losing normal season programming. The program is a
centrexIT and Biocom Launch New IT Platform to Streamline Business Operations for California Life Science Companies
IT Deal Desk eliminates the hassle of vetting and securing new technology providers
centrexIT, an information technology (IT) services provider helping businesses thrive through technology, and Biocom, California’s leading life science member association, today announced the launch of IT Deal Desk. The latest platform provides Biocom members with exclusive access to an extensive, vetted partner network and simplifies the task of negotiating and securing agreements on members’ behalf.
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centrexIT and Biocom launch IT Deal Desk, an IT Platform that eliminates the hassle of vetting and securing new technology providers. (Graphic: Business Wire)
“centrexIT has decades of collective experience operating IT strategy in the life science industry. Currently, roughly 40% of our clients work in the space, so we understand what it takes to support regulated businesses,” says Dylan Natter, CEO of centrexIT. “Our company has been part of the Biocom network since 2014, and now we are thrilled to collaborate with them on an expansive technology offering that will support accelerated growth in the life science space. IT Deal Desk was meticulously designed with IT and procurement teams in mind. Together, centrexIT and Biocom have curated a top-quality network of suppliers and purchasers, providing Biocom members with a streamlined framework to acquire the services they need in order to succeed.”
Ranging from internet and voice to cloud providers, technology is a critical aspect of all business communications. Yet, when small and midsized businesses (SMB) need a new type of technology or service, they rarely have the resources or bandwidth to properly vet the various options available. Moreover, due to their size, SMBs often don’t have the ability to negotiate bigger, cost-effective deals that would allow them to enter a contract at a lower level.
IT Deal Desk
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LOS ANGELES – September 30, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )
By Victoria Omega of The Marijuana Journal
The Los Angeles Lakers will have some extra motivation tonight when the NBA Finals begin. Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will be playing Pat Rileys Miami Heat in a best of 7 match-up and if they win the world’s largest cannabis platform BudTrader.com will give “free weed for life” to every player on the Lakers active roster and the Lakers coaching staff.
In a letter to the editor published by the Santa Monica Daily Press BudTrader CEO Brad McLaughlin, a self-described Lakers “Super Fan” stated he felt compelled to ‘do his part’ to contribute to a Lakers NBA title this year. “I don’t possess the celebrity star power that someone like Drake has up in Toronto, but what I do have is an abundance of God’s greatest gift to mankind… WEED!” said McLaughlin.
This isn’t the first time BudTrader has made a publicity splash. In the summer of 2017 BudTrader had a 3-day yacht party at San Diego Comic-Con and in 2019 they offered free pot to government workers during the federal workers government shutdown.
BudTrader is the largest cannabis platform in the world with millions of users in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
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Original Source: Pot Website Offers Free Weed for Life to Los Angeles Lakers if They Win NBA Title