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May 29, 2019

My thanks to the NZ Herald website for the following article.

You're waiting at the airport, your phone vibrates in your hand — but it's not a text. "Low Battery — 20% of battery remaining" pops up on your screen.Your charger is wrapped up in your check-in luggage, and the last thing you want to do is fork out airport prices for a new adapter. So, you track down the nearest free charging station and refuel your dwindling device. But, it turns out that decision might cost you more than a few extra minutes on social media before you board, 

You should avoid public charging stations because cyber-criminals can modify those USB connections to install malware on your phone. An expert in the US says plugging into USB power charging stations in the airport may come with a cost you can't see. Caleb Barlow, vice-president of X-Force Threat Intelligence at IBM Security, says these stations can be modified by cyber-criminals to install malware on your phone or download information without your know...

May 20, 2019

The short answer is, "No".

Dr Michelle Dickinson who is a well respected science and engineering researcher is quoted on the  NZ Herald website as saying:-

"With every new mobile phone release comes renewed concern around the effect of this technology on our health, and fears surrounding mobile phone use and the possible effect of radiation on the human body are ongoing. This isn't helped by the World Health Organisation declaring that mobile devices are a "Class 2B carcinogen", which really sounds scary. To put things in perspective, however, other items in the 2B category include coffee, pickles and being a carpenter.

"The WHO says that about 25,000 scientific articles have been published on non-ionising radiation over the past 30 years making scientific knowledge of the technology more extensive than for most of the household chemicals we use day-to-day. Current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields from mob...

May 12, 2019

We have had Big Brother is Watching, but now, Beware! You are being recorded.

 I didn't know who or what Alexa was, but I am very aware now. It is a smart speaker or if you like, an intelligent speaker and I don't mean a person. Read on, but there is a lot to absorb. To précis,  not only Alexa, but other devices or systems are recording what is going on in your home to a great extent, whether you like it or not. Big Brother may not be watching but "he" is listening and recording. If you don't have Alexa speakers but have Windows 10 on your computer you might like to jump to the last few paragraphs. However, the article refers to Apple and Google also, so is probably worth reading the whole article.

(This article appears to be mainly designed for American readers, but we should nevertheless be aware.)

A writer, quoted on the NZ Herald's website reports, 'Would you let a stranger eavesdrop in your home and keep the recordings? For most people, the answer is, "Are you crazy?"

'Yet that's...

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