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How to manage the Google Updater for MacOS

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If you’ve download and installed Chrome (or any other Google apps) on your MacOS*, you might not be aware of the Google Updater. This calls home on a regular basis and is designed to download Google Chrome updates in the background, without notifying you. Every time software that is updated should always ask for user consent, but this Updater doesn’t do that. But it should and here is why.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force in May 2018, will be the primary law regulating how companies protect EU citizens’ personal data. Under this law, users will generally have stronger rights when processing is based on consent i.e. the right to erase and the right to data portability. If consent isn’t applied, substantial fines are applicable under the GDPR. Google should take note.

How do you check if you have Google Updater

  • Go to Finder > Macintosh HD > Library > LaunchAgents
  • Search for com.google.keystone.agent.plist
  • If you don’t find the above plist, then you don’t need to do anything

How to manage Google Updater

Here are two options you might want to consider. Open Terminal for both and enter the relevant commands:

How to use BlackBerry Android Privacy Shield

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BlackBerry Privacy Shield lets you read emails, messages and personal content but without the issue of someone snooping over your shoulder. The app allows you to view any information in public places, by hiding the parts of the screen that you are not actively viewing or using. However, you can still interact with the obscured parts.

You can use Privacy Shade to adjust the transparency of the filter (which is a dark black) to suit the surroundings, Once you’ve installed Privacy Shade you have a number of setup and access options you can choose:

  • If you are using Nougat 7.0 or higher, you can add Privacy Shade to your Quick Settings.
  • Use a BlackBerry device? you can assign Privacy Shade to the Convenience Key.
  • Does your BlackBerry device support Swipe Shortcuts? If so, you can make Privacy Shade one of your shortcuts.
  • You can also toggle Privacy Shade on or off via the optional dedicated notification in the notification tray.
  • Finally you can also access Privacy Shade from the app icon.

Open the app as above:

How to identify your Windows 10 build and version

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Windows 10 build numbers are now very important. Previously Microsoft has always used build numbers, as they represented significant updates to Windows. You may know Windows as Windows Vista, 7,8 etc which also included service packs i.e. Windows 7 Service Pack 1. With Windows 10, this has changed.

Microsoft claim there will be no more versions (and service packs) of Windows, so Windows 10 is what it will be known as for the foreseeable. They are now only releasing two major builds per year. So, how do you find out what build version of Windows 10 you have? This can be found in the Settings App with either of the following options:

  • Hit Windows+I to open Settings > then go to > System > About (scroll down). You will see the Edition, Version, OS Build and System Type.
  • You can also use the Winver Dialog tool – From Start, type “winver” press Enter into the Run dialog. Note: This version does not show whether you are using a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 10. Personally, I prefer option 1.

Useful tip: The version number is in the form YYMM – so if your Windows 10 version number is 1607 this means the 7th month of 2016.

How to use your YubiKey with Facebook

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Facebook announced today that YubiKey & FIDO U2F will be protecting Facebook suers. Congratulations, if you have a U2F YubiKey! So how do you set it up to protect your Facebook account? Follow these instructions and you’ll be protected with the simplicity of YubiKey two-factor authentication in no time! The following ‘How to’ was provided by Yubico.

Here is how you setup your YubiKey with Facebook:

REQUIREMENTS

  • Latest version of Google Chrome browser (or at least version 38) or Opera browser
  • A FIDO U2F Security Key by Yubico, YubiKey 4, YubiKey 4 Nano, YubiKey NEO*, or other Yubico U2F-enabled YubiKey
  • A Facebook account

*YubiKey NEO requires firmware version 3.3 or later (available since October 2014)

SETTING UP YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

  • In Google Chrome or Opera, log in to Facebook.
  • Click the arrow at the top right, and then click Settings.
  • In the Security Settings page, in the left pane, click Security.
  • Next to Login Approvals, click Edit.
  • Under Code Generator, click the link to set up a third party app to generate codes.
  • Scan the QR code with your favourite authenticator app that you use to generate codes (or enter the secret key manually, if required).

How to set up Picture Password on BlackBerry Android

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The Picture Password feature is available on BlackBerry 10 as well as Android Priv and DTEK60 devices. It will allow you to unlock your device using a unique number and picture combination. It’s a simple to use, as all you do is move a grid to align a number over a specific secret location on a picture.  You choose the number, secret location and picture.

Why would you use Picture Password? You are out and about and don’t want anyone to shoulder surf you and easily guess the PIN or password you enter to unlock your screen. By using Picture Password, it is difficult for another person to guess your picture password, even if the person is watching you unlock your screen.

To be able to use Picture Password, you will first need to set up a screen lock that uses either a password or a PIN. Enter your Picture Password incorrectly more than five times, your device will prompt you to enter the password or PIN to unlock the screen.

NOTE: Whenever you restart your Android device you will not be able to use Picture Password to unlock your device. You will have to use either your password or PIN to start your device.