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It’s not a fear of officialdom monitoring me doins,  it’s the fact there are those who can and do manipulate the more easliy persuaded in  a relentless pursuit of profit. We can say it doesn’t affect us but it does even, if it’s subliminal.

Who knows how far it will go in the future?

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Catfan, with all due respects, read the article, you'll see where I'm coming from. The popup they keep sending has been "fixed" so when you click on the X, the normal way of refusing anything, MS Win1

The Windows that I liked the best was Windows XP. Everything seemed so easy to do.

Macs are no less vulnerable to attacks than any other computer, the real reason is that there are far more Windows machines out there and hackers target based on volume of users vs their rate of succe

‘Spying’ on your online activities comes from various sources. You’re browser, search engine, anti virus monitoring. Ditching Google for something like Duck Duck Go is a start. Always reject cookies except essential ones. Subscribe to a vpn service. 
I met someone a while back and agreed to send them some information. I took their phone number and entered it in my mobile. Within hours I was getting them as ‘people you may know’ on Facebook. I’d not called them or even put their name in the phone, just the number. 
I’m a bit sceptical that Alexa listens to you when not activated but if I was planning to Rob a bank wouldn’t have Alexa anywhere near me.

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1 hour ago, letsavagoo said:

Ditching Google for something like Duck Duck Go is a start. Always reject cookies except essential ones. Subscribe to a vpn service. 

 

All good advice and I've done all that...but  Duck Duck is quite frankly not very good, even when coupled with the Epic browser.  The best of VPN's will  slow the PC down (I've tried both free and paid for).

All cookies are rejected and deleted when closing the browser.

Try as we might I don't think the constant battle can be won by individuals when pitted against an army of specialists and yes, I have a Canute complex..  :rolleyes:

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