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Richard Pascoe - Adelaide Tech Guy - Fun Chats on Amazon Alexa

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On this week in technology - 1991

Public WiFi – Time to protect yourself

  • Accessing the internet isn't normally a problem when you're inside the confines of your own home—it's secure, it's easy to connect to, and it's relatively uncongested
  • A public Wi-Fi network is inherently less secure than your personal, private one, because you don't know who set it up, or who else is connecting to it. Ideally, you wouldn't ever have to use it; better to use your smartphone as a hotspot instead. But for the times that's not practical or possible, you can still limit the potential damage from public Wi-Fi with a few simple steps.
  • Know Who To Trust
    This relates to the previous point, but wherever possible stick to well-known networks
  • Stick With HTTPS
    Google Chrome lets you know when the site you're visiting uses an unencrypted HTTP connection rather than an encrypted HTTPS Heed that warning, especially on public Wi-Fi. When you browse over HTTPS, people on the same Wi-Fi network as you can't snoop on the data that travels between you and the server of the website you're connecting to. Over HTTP? It's relatively easy for them to watch what you're doing.
  • Don't Give Away Too Much Info
    Be very wary of signing up for public Wi-Fi access if you're getting asked for a bunch of personal details, like your email address or your phone number. 
  • Limit what you do
    Try not to enter user names and passwords for sites

Monitor Your Social Media Time with New Tools from Facebook and Instagram

  • We spend sometimes too much time on our phones – Facebook is launching a tool to tell you how much time you are spending on Facebook and Instagram and reminding you to take a break
  • It wont actually do anything just remind you to take a break – you can also mute notifications for a set amount of time

Leaving the home and have an Amazon Echo – It can make it appear that someone is home

  • Some people leave lights, music or the TV on when they’re away from home in an attempt to ward off burglars, but a new Alexa skill called “Away Mode” has a different idea. Instead of lights and noises, you can keep your home safe from unwanted visitors by playing lengthy audio tracks that sound like real – and completely ridiculous – conversations.
  • When you launch Away Mode, Alexa will play one of seven audio tracks penned by comedy writers from Saturday Night Live
  • There are conversations from a book club where no one discusses the book, a mom walking her daughter through IKEA assembly over the phone, a stay-at-home mom losing her s***, and argument over a board game.
  • Explains the company, you can turn the volume up and leave your apartment, knowing that any potential burglar will be scared off by “thinking that someone is still at home who is absolutely insufferable.”

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