web v app

The increasing use of App seriously manages to reduce reach, in fact it curbs it.

For example the current messaging of Tower Hamlets Police on Twitter has a wide reach and the great effect of this is that it connects to a huge amount of readers.

Just seen that some boroughs now have an OWL App, which does not allow publication beyond subscribers, which seriously diminishes reach of people. There is also the Nextdoor app, introduced through the government, which is extremely busy and doesn’t stop buzzing. The Safeland App however does some seriously good work by connecting alarm users to each other and to services, which other communication only apps don’t do.

The sheer amount of apps available now means that our phones, tablets and pcs are filled with icons of various apps to choose from.

most of us have several pages full of apps already

Companies pay us rewards for using their apps instead of using the web.

The trend to turn away from www to app is concerning as it reduces the ability to communicate openly, which is the principle of democracy.

The more apps are in use, the less can the content of app communications be monitored and people who are members of those apps are in serious danger of being brainwashed one way or another.

I am unable to use all apps on the market, so communication flow is already interrupted because some people have favourite apps and don’t use others. People are less likely to switch to see what happens on another app.

Any person can only use so many apps and is unlikely to ever be informed what happens on another.

It is much easier to manipulate smaller amounts of people on closed apps into thinking in a particular way and that – similar to sectarianism – leaves users open to manipulation.

I think the trend to use apps instead of www is not a good one. If things happen on the open web, sure we would also concentrate on some website, but still be able to look into others through searches and prominence and sheer availability.

I am unable to see what happens in an app unless I take part and nobody has the time to do all apps.

Especially in the case of the police, the current public appeal some police forces’ posts have on Twitter, Facebook, web based services is quite far reaching and has a very good effect on the general public. For example appeals to solve certain crimes, the public showing of how asb and crime is handled has many beneficial effects and attracts friends. But, when all this is taken off the web and put on closed apps, that beneficial effect gets removed and taken out of the public domain.

See how many apps you have on your phone and see how many new ones come out each day.

the problem with getting information

Just as I wrote that last article about Facebook posts, I see this article about Novlett Robin Williams on Microsoft News. That exactly describes the problem with information sharing, passing on information and using some platforms.

Problem is that police use profiling for crimes and if somebody sends you a crime evidence to a personal email address and you pass it onto them from that personal email address then you are profiled into the crime.

I got a lot of pictures sent to my WhatsApp and had no idea about those but those were all harmless group photos from some walking group. I have warned police about using WhatsApp some time ago. WhatsApp can also be hacked.

I can well imagine that if you do not constantly monitor your phone, emails, spam folders, you can get a fair amount of stuff in it without knowing about it.

Hence I use different email addresses for different functions.

I do not want to be implicated in crimes just because people send pics about something they saw. I do not accept them at all any more on personal email addresses.

So, it is very important, that if you pass on information to the police that you make it quite clear that you are not personally involved in it.

I strictly monitor all my emails each day, but I have the time to do so, whilst others busy people hardly have time to look at emails because of job obligations. It’s a time thing, how much time do you have to check emails, how much time do you have to read online articles?

Only 100 years ago the human brain was much less busy. With the advent of modern technology our brains have a multiple amounts of work to do with memory and information storage. Our brains have not grown size-wise immensely since we gotten more to think about each day. Think this over please.

I remember having argued with this High-court judge that the current laws simply do not take into consideration how much time it needs to process something, to read something and fully understand it.

Just as nobody really reads the terms and conditions any longer – because we do not have the time to do so.

centralising services – Facebook

The positive first, Facebook has developed a way to determine what is deep fake and where the image comes from, reports Microsoft News. However on the other hand, the social media platform Facebook now acts as intermediary for all types of contract service if something is lost and wants to control how service provision works.

Facebook allows anybody to advertise cards, keys wallets.

What is even more concerning that, if you subscribe to a service, e.g. bank card, TfL travel card, driving license etc. you have a legal agreement with those service providers in case of loss.

Banking has become very much more secure in terms of supplying identity and consent. This assumes that you are in direct contract with your bank. However if now lost bank cards are advertised on Facebook, then the direct contract between the bank and the customer has been broken by the intervention of a third unauthorised entity, namely Facebook, who have no right to even deal in bank cards.

Facebook users have no qualm to advertise children’s found travel cards with name and pic on Facebook, breaching privacy of those individuals. I even found an American Express card, which prompted me to get in touch with American Express about this.

At the same time Facebook increases its godliness by removing posts from genuine services because they do not like them and call them spam.

With respect of anonymous crime reporting for example. Facebook removes all ads, which are not from Crimestoppers, as if there is a law that says that Crimestoppers are the only organisation who can provide that service. Even as Neighbourhood Watch groups can make their own arrangements with police how crime reporting is done, Facebook thinks they can control how policing works now by removing service offers from individuals without their consent.

So we got these two concerning issues.

  1. Facebook acts as unwanted intermediary lost and found service for lost items
  2. Facebook acts as unwanted service control on service provision with police for example.

There is absolutely no respect of privacy and data protection with Facebook. There is no respect of contract law between service providers and the user on Facebook.

TfL have told me that they cannot stop Facebook users to pick up lost cards and advertise them on Facebook. Is this supposed to increase the amount of Facebook users so that you go onto the platform just to find a lost item, instead of asking the actual service provider first?

I can understand and support it that platforms like Facebook remove hate speech and the like but getting involved in the dispersal of personal items like keys, wallets, bank cards, Freedom passes, driving licenses and getting involved in police methods is definitely overstepping the mark.

It could be bullying, that somebody stole a card from somebody, offers it on Facebook?

Where are the security checks that are supposed to be in place to ascertain that the rightful owner gets to use a card, if they can just be offered on Facebook when found?

the advertised cards could be deep fakes, stolen, found.

Especially when there are bunches of keys on Facebook, previously you had to go to a police station or other service provider and describe your bunch of keys, now they show the bunch and you do no longer need to describe it as there is everything on display for everybody to see.

How can the rightful owner of a lost bunch of keys be found if the advertiser, the finder on Facebook knows which door those keys open? Would the advertiser then follow the ‘owner’ to the door to see that it actually opens?

It’s a no brainer, that something isn’t right about those lost and found adverts on Facebook.

unrecognizable

took part in a Teams meeting yesterday and could not see myself in the list of 50 attendees. I scrolled up and down, and clearly being the first to log in, I MUST surely be there.

But, I had changed my hairstyle. I thought who is that intelligent looking person and then, at the very end, it dawned on me, that this was me.

With the new hairstyle I did not recognize myself.

I’ve fallen victim

I cannot believe that I’ve finally fallen for a phishing scam. I am normally very aware and spot scams straightaway but on this occasion I fell for it.

I think for many of us, during lock-down, waiting for parcels is just about the only entertainment we’ll get. But then there are scammers who pretend to wanting to re-deliver missed parcels just on a day when we are expecting one.

It’s happened twice now, that on a day, I expected a parcel, that I got either a card through the coor or a text inviting me to rebook delivery against a fee.

Both times from scammers.

What surprises me the most, that this latest text scam actually only asks for

  • Date of Brith
  • Name and address
  • date for re-delivery

they did not want payment information.

I am asking who would want such iformation. For any British company that information is easy enough to come by as most of us are on many databases. They just want to harvest basic identity details.

I assume those scammers are from other cultures, countries or from criminal networks from abroad. People can hardly steal my identity because my name is pretty unusual for Britain.

But there we are, nobody is immune against a drop of the guard at some time. Because when we are busy and do three things at wonce, our biggest fear nowadays is that we miss the parcel delivery because it could have been too noisy or something like that. Then that scammer text offering re-delivery feels like soothing of the soul. Keep on the lookout.

Forward all phishing email to report@phishing.gov.uk you can also send them a copy of phishing texts with the number it came from.

learned behaviour

I am thinking a lot about family obligations lately.

To explain this imagine three scenarios.

  1. Your family is Mafia and you learn how to grow up in that and you have to stick to your family and support them no matter what or you get killed
  2. Your family is police and you see your parent put on that uniform every day and you learn keeping up the law is all that matters.
  3. Your family runs a business and you learn to think about profits and losses and how to make people buy your products.

Everything in between is a mix of those.

There is a lot of underlying crime about and I think it is difficult for kids who are not trained from the start either to be maker/seller criminals or law enforcers to find a way to recognise what is right or wrong these days.

Just read that some Apps like Snapchat are now used to sell drugs. Kids tend to have to learn and once they made the mistake they know it doesn’t work.

I think much more should be done to explain to kids where the dangers are.

Perhaps in schools there should be one lesson per day and good advice on what to avoid and how not to fall for dangers, which are not apparent to anyone unless they’ve made the mistake.

 

Thought control from Mayor Facebook

Having heard that YouTube – owned by Facebook – has shut down the postings of David Icke, a proclaimer of weird theories about the origin of Covid-19, it seems interesting, to say the least, that we now have thought control of the Internet imposed upon us.

Just wonder whether an alpha-male like David Icke will take that laying down. I don’t agree with his opinion, that G5 could be responsible for Corona Virus but it is an opinion, wrong or right. People no longer have the choice to listen to nonsense now.

I noticed that YouTube also deleted one of my videos. It was actually factually correct but not very pretty and filmed in a darkened room. It dealt with the origin of the Freemasons, a subject that was discussed on social media 30 years ago. Not that I am particularly interested in it, but it is noticable that YouTube thought it needs to be removed.

On the matter of enrichment, I thought the more the better. And as long as it doesn’t promote open violence or hate why can’t people say what they think any longer?

Just went shopping the other day and really appreciated that we have so many shops from people of different cultures who all sell basically the same stuff but sell it for their own communities from different outlets.

Trading standards could come along and say, they will not allow shops from people from differing cultural backgrounds but they don’t. It is not allowed to discriminate against other cultures, so why is it allowed to discriminate against whacky ideas by some individuals?

David Icke does not promote denial of the Holocaust. He merely thinks that G5 has to do with Corona Virus. The flat earthers are allowed to publish.

Perhaps what people need to do is to hire their own internet servers, which do not rely on major publishers and publish their own stuff by their own servers.

I curently use WordPress but do not need the platform.

I have noticed a big drop in postings on Facebook. It seems to get out of fashion.

To the rescue

Getting any service is very difficult now. Unless you are on the register of vulnerable people you can’t even get onto the online shopping basket for supermarkets. Not even the shop and collect service provides any local opportunities.

Yet, Amazon comes to the rescue. They do release daily home delivery slots if one is lucky enough to catch them at it. Having spoken to a neighbour who thought that Amazon Fresh is unethical, I wonder whether the people who get employment or those who supply the chain would agree. Amazon now delivers products from a lot of different producers.

As I am not qualifying as vulnerable person because I am too young and not sick enough, I do have to care for a child that just had an operation. I can’t go out and queue up in front of a supermarket for 2 hours before they even let me into the shop.

I changed my shopping habits, I go local and get some food stuff in via Amazon Fresh.

TV ads instead of demos

Whilst Extinction Rebellion are trying to sell us their story, they do so by stopping traffic, apologetic, no less, they cause a disturbance.

They say, they need to do this, to make us aware of the climate agenda.

But, what about taking out a TV ad instead. You cannot reach more people than with a TV ad. XR got lots of money, they have extremely rich sponsors, so TV ads, should be affordable for them.

And as it is such a good cause, ITV or other commercial channels may even chip in and half the price?

Apparently the Chief Medical officer, constantly appears in between our favourite program to remind us of corona Virus dangers, he wouldn’t dream stopping traffic to remind a few drivers of the dangers.

Obviously XR want to use the issue to radicalise ‘rebel’s, teach them how to interrupt and feel good about it. They use and abuse us to train political resistance.

paying for use of email address

As a webmaster, I directly hire web space URL hosting space from hosting providers. For the general population, when you use BT services they give you email addresses you can use and when you leave you can keep your old email address for free or for paying a price.

BT would allow you 10 email addresses others have various rules. Sky and Virgin also give you bundles of email addresses, which you can create yourself and use.

My webspace providers wants to charge me over £12.25 per year for the use of one email address name over a period of 10 years. That costs a whopping £122.

Amazing prices. Yet, is it not in the best interest of service providers to let you keep your email address as the more they change the harder it is to trace communications.

Talking of continuation. It is very worrying that there are discussions to dismantle the BBC as on their website, there is a wealth of information and getting rid of the BBC would also stop those web pages being published. Those web pages are like an online library of history.

Every website that links to those web pages will have dead ends. Not very good.

Steady communications, including email addresses are very important for our security. Constantly changing media will make it impossible to trace. Just look how criminal gangs use burner phones. They only switch on when in use, then get disbanded. If we get the same thing with emails, life will be much more unsafe for us.

 

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