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DAVIDSON: Masters of Our Digital World, Not Its Servants

Very informative!

Jeff Davidson

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As we become more enamored by online information and communication services, various Federal agencies should be on the lookout, seeking to shield us from the onslaught of web intruders, scammers, robocallers, and spammers. That, as we’re all witnessing, is not happening.

Many people have long been hooked and bagged, including some of your office mates. They have already voluntarily surrendered vital, personal information to vendors: Vendors who will exploit that information for all it’s worth. How can we protect ourselves and our communities, nevertheless, and ensure that we are the masters of the digital world rather than its servants?

Powerful and Abusive

Trending: McAfee Dead in Prison After Repeatedly Declaring He Would Not Kill Himself

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, in her article titled, “Overthrow the Prince of Facebook” remarked, “The signal fact of Mr. Zuckerberg’s career is that he is supremely gifted in one area – monetizing technical ingenuity by marrying it to a canny sense of human weakness.” She observes that Big Tech, in general, has become too powerful and abusive.

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If you’ve been reasonably cautious about where and to whom you dispense personal, private data, you have a fighting chance of remaining out of the clutches of internet titans such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Snapchat, Amazon, Instagram, Apple, Pinterest, etc.

Here is an unadorned roster of 30 tips and observations in five categories – daily behaviors, email procedures, social media activities, smartphone use, and web browsing – to stay in relative control of your personal information:

Daily Behaviors

* Never send your social security number or other vital data via email or a website
* Use the Google ‘delete all searches’ procedure. Search no “Delete my Google browser history.”
* Work offline when being online is a distraction
* Clear cookies every night
* Backup your important work

Email Procedures

* Set your email junk mail filter to a highly protective setting
* Do not respond to any unsolicited offers that come via email
* Avoid opening any attachment from an unknown party
* Issue a statement to vendors that your contact information is strictly private
* Remove yourself from as many lists as possible

Social Media Activities

* Delete private information that you’ve posted on social media sites
* Forsake posting on news or social sites using an identifiable email address
* Chastise, on social media, any vendor who shares your contact information
* Quit reporting your whereabouts via social media sites
* Diminish your use of social media in general

Smartphone Use

* Turn off the GPS option on your phone as often as possible
* Bypass answering a phone call from 888, 877, 866, 855, 844, or 833 area codes
* Delete all phone apps that you don’t use
* Limit the data that you provide on apps that you do use
* Clear the cache and temporary data files on your phone apps

Web Browsing

* Change your internet browser every 90 days: for example, Chrome to Firefox, Opera, Vivaldi, etc.
* Undertake private web browsing with Browse Happy, Tor Browser, or Epic Browser
* Patronize search engines other than Google: Yahoo, Bing, Gibiru, Startpage, etc.
* Keep your browser software up-to-date
* Peruse a variety of news sites for greater objectivity

Long-Term

* Register your websites using the alias filing feature
* Update passwords on a periodic basis and make them unique
* Change credit cards every two years
* Remain alert: Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, etc., are not your friends
* Realize that cutthroat, globalist website CEOs seek to control you, not serve you

Break up the Monopolies!

Where is Teddy Roosevelt when you need him? I wish I could report good news, that the tech giants would tone down their aggressiveness and ruthlessness. It’s not going to happen without congressional action.

Most of these mega-companies need to be divvied up. They represent monopolies that do not benefit society. Even if that occurs, it won’t be for years, and they will still be unrelenting in their attempts to systematically extract your personal data. Let the user beware!

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Former President Donald Trump is undoubtedly still the most influential man in the Republican Party, and will likely remain so for some time yet to come. This is due in no small part to his ultra-loyal and sizable following, who have already proven their willingness to spurn his enemies to prove a point.  Not receiving the Trump seal of approval is going to be a hard hurdle for many elected officials to overcome, and so they tend to stay on his better side. But is Trump still the imminent 2024 presidential candidate for the Republicans?  Maybe not. A straw poll indicates Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) slightly edges out former President Donald Trump in presidential 2024 approval. Centennial Institute surveyed respondents at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver on Saturday in which participants “were asked to select each potential candidate they would approve for president in 2024.” The top five ranked as follows: Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) 74.12 percent Donald Trump 71.43 percent Sen. Ted Cruz (R) 42.86 percent Mike Pompeo 39.35 percent Sen. Tim Scott (R) 35.58 percent Gover DeSantis has been working diligently to raise his national image in recent months, making a splash in the mainstream media for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, and those who would use the pandemic to exert undue authority over the citizens of the Sunshine State.

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Biden Land Management Nominee Advocates for Human Population Control

And let’s not overlook her ties to an eco-terrorism plot.

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Joe Biden has been busy in his first few months in office.  Not only has the 46th President spent a great deal of time looking to undo as much of his predecessor’s legacy as possible, but he is also working through all of the normal trappings of the transitional process. This includes the nomination and confirmation of a number of officials to oversee various departments within our government. One of the latest to go up for approval seems to have some strange ideas about how best to serve the planet. Tracy Stone-Manning, President Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), argued in her graduate thesis that Americans need to engage in population control to protect the environment. Stone-Manning has already come under fire in recent weeks for her connection to a tree spiking incident – an ecoterrorism tactic – in Idaho in the 1980s, where she traded her court testimony for legal immunity. Her theories on keeping the environment safe were controversial, to say the least. But her past links to ecoterrorists aren’t the only controversial material in her background. In her graduate thesis, a copy of which was reviewed by Fox News, Stone-Manning also urged Americans to have no more than two kids in order to protect the environment. “The origin of our abuses is us. If there were fewer of us, we would have less impact,” states the thesis, which was first flagged by the Daily Caller on Thursday. “We must consume less, and more importantly, we must breed fewer consuming humans.” Stone-Manning created a series of eight advertisements for her thesis that focused on the issues of overgrazing, overpopulation, a mining law from the late 1800s and the lumber industry. One ad refers to a human child as an “environmental hazard” and encouraged Americans…

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