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Confident Computing #844 - You're Just Not That Interesting (Except When You Are)

This week's articles & videos

I hear often from people concerned about online privacy. It's a common topic, and, indeed, an important one.

However...

I've long stated that you and I just aren't that interesting as individuals -- except, of course, with a couple of notable exceptions.

This weeks featured article, You're Just Not That Interesting (Except When You Are), discusses my rationale, and when you're very right to be concerned.

Also this week:

  • Two factor authentication: what it is, how it works, and why you want it.
  • Deleting an email might not always ... uh ... delete the email.
  • Passwordless signon? How can that even be a thing? It is, and it's secure. Honest.

TEH Podcast

Gary and I took the week off.

Thanks, as always, and I'll see you next week,

Leo

This Week's Featured Article

You

You're Just Not That Interesting (Except When You Are)
You're probably worrying too much, about the wrong things

Worried about privacy? I believe we over-imagine the risks and at the same time are our own worst enemies.

https://askleo.com/22674

Also This Week on Ask Leo!

How Two-Factor Authentication Works
You Should Use It to Keep Hackers Out

How Two-Factor Authentication Works
Two-factor authentication is a great way to keep your accounts secure from hackers -- even those who manage to get your password.
https://askleo.com/16401

Are Deleted Emails Really Deleted?
You Might Think So, But…

Are Deleted Emails Really Deleted?
"Permanently deleted" email may or may not be recoverable. Depending on the situation and motivation, that email could come back to haunt or help you.
https://askleo.com/17447

Is Passwordless Sign-in Safe?
You don't have to use a password to be safe

Is Passwordless Sign-in Safe?
Signing in without a password seems almost nonsensical, yet it can be more secure than traditional sign-ins. More convenient? That depends.
https://askleo.com/128561

Dealing With Video Starts and Stops While Watching: Two Common Causes and Three Possible Solutions
The things you need to look at and the things you can try

Dealing With Video Starts and Stops While Watching: Two Common Causes and Three Possible Solutions
There are common causes, and sometimes simple solutions, for a video that starts and stops as you watch it.
https://askleo.com/2981

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Dealing With Video Starts and Stops While Watching: Two Common Causes and Three Possible Solutions

There are common causes, and sometimes simple solutions, for a video that starts and stops as you watch it.
https://youtu.be/mni78AE4-mw

Is Passwordless Sign-in Safe?

Signing in without a password seems almost nonsensical, yet it can be more secure than traditional sign-ins. More convenient? That depends.
https://youtu.be/BEnq7O6n7CM

Are Deleted Emails Really Deleted? You Might Think They're Deleted, But�

"Permanently deleted" email may or may not be recoverable. Depending on the situation and motivation, that email could come back to haunt or help you.
https://youtu.be/a308WLJ3GDw

You're Just Not That Interesting (Except When You Are): Pragmatic Privacy

Worried about privacy? I believe we over-imagine the risks and at the same time are our own worst enemies.
https://youtu.be/uMdrMd2mR5o

How Two-Factor Authentication Works, and Why You Should Use It to Keep Hackers Out

Two-factor authentication is a great way to keep your accounts secure from hackers -- even those who manage to get your password.
https://youtu.be/gAa4SWM6xV4

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