Tech Wrap-Up 5-3-2019. Today is World Press Freedom Day, originally proclaimed as such by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. It celebrates the principles and current state of press freedom around the world, defends attacks upon the media, and honors journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty. Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up each day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from our social media feeds. We order the story summaries below by user engagement (posts with the most likes, shares, clicks, hashtag clicks and detail expands) and by the number of impressions they received. Stories are in descending order with the most engaging story at the top. Our human-curated social media feeds include links to technology news, how-to and help articles, and video tutorials for common issues.
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2. How to protect your privacy online with Tor Browser (Tech Radar)
The private/incognito modes in most web browsers prevent the collection of browser history and setting of cookies. But that does not make you anonymous to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Tor Browser solves that problem by blocking your location, browsing activities, and identity from your ISP. Instead of connecting directly from your computer to websites, Tor Browser anonymizes your connection through three different nodes on the Tor network
3. Chrome Will Allow Sites to Check Your OS Dark Mode Settings (Bleeping Computer)
When Google releases Chrome 76, a new CSS feature will let websites know if you prefer dark mode. Websites could deliver content to users based on their mode preference. Safari 12.1 already supports this feature, and Firefox support for it arrives in Firefox 67. Passing this information to the browser from the operating system presents some privacy and security concerns in the form of fingerprinting.
Researchers at Kaspersky Labs revealed that an unknown hacker sold zero-day Windows exploits to cyber espionage groups. Government-backed groups from Russia and the Middle East bought the exploits over the last three years.
5. Microsoft PM Explains Why Chromium Edge Can’t Run Google Earth (Bleeping Computer)
The new Chromium-based Edge browser offers so much promise. But it is still a work in progress available only in a developer release. Some content supported by Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers may still not function in the new Edge. Google Earth is one of those. Google is working on porting the Google Earth code to WebAssembly which should resolve the issue.
Is the crackdown to which the title refers due to competition or due to third-party app compliance concerns? That is the question SF Gate tries to answer in this piece. Apple removed or restricted 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time tracking App Store apps. The removal occurred after Apple released its own screen-time tracking app.
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