Facebook’s New Tool
Facebook recently unveiled a new tool, now known as Off-Facebook Activity. Last year, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a “Clear History” feature that was being created to delete data that third-party websites and apps share with Facebook.
The “Clear History” feature is actually launching in select geographies, and with the launch has also been given a new name: Off-Facebook Activity. The new name is meant to more clearly describe “exactly what kind of data” is being revealed. Users can now bring up a list of everyone sending data to Facebook, then tap on a specific app or website to learn what data is being shared. If the user doesn’t like the data being shared, they can easily block it on the website or app level or across the board. Due to much scrutiny over data-sharing over the past few years, as well as the concern of misinformation spreading on the platform, Facebook is launching this tool along with other transparency tools around advertising and content.
Here, rather than deleting the data the third-party may have collected about you, the connection between the data and your account is removed. Disconnecting from off-Facebook activity will also log you out of any apps or websites where you used Facebook to login. Facebook is aiming to make this process simple for users and easily accessible. To learn more about the tool and your options within it, visit here.
5G in NYC
Verizon’s mobile 5G network is becoming commercially available in NYC this month. Verizon recently made the announcement and similar to rollouts in other cities, it will only be available in certain parts of town to begin with.
New York City is the 11th city to get 5G coverage from Verizon in 2019. The plan is to have 5G up and running in 30 cities by the end of the year, with many other cities announced earlier in the summer. This also includes 13 NFL stadiums. The service will be largely restricted to certain areas of Manhattan at first, though select areas of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx will get service too. Other carriers providing 5G coverage in NYC are known to be Manhattan-centric, making the expanded coverage detail an important one.
Though it may take a while before everyone can take advantage of the 5G coverage, it is exciting to look forward to. To learn more about the announcement and future plans, visit here.
Why You Need A Password Manager
A password manager is the most important thing you can do to keep your data safe. While you probably already know that simple and easy to guess passwords – like a pet’s name or simply ‘password’ – are not effective, have you considered the harm in reusing the same ones across multiple sites? If just one account is compromised in a data breach, hackers can then use that password to hack your other, potentially more valuable accounts. A solution to this problem is a password manager; a secure, automated, and all-digital way to generate and store strong passwords in one place. A password manager will ask that you remember one master password, while it remembers everything else. It will also alert you if you’re reusing a password or creating a weak and easy to guess one. While the process may seem intimidating at first, you’ll soon wonder how you ever lived without the management. To learn more about available password manager options, as well as creating a good master password, visit here.