How to Stop Google, Bing and Yahoo from Tracking You

Cyber Security Easy Basic

Most of us do one thing on our tablets, phones and computers that tells so much about us—about what were thinking what were reading, what we want, what we need—and we do it a lot—in fact, I bet you did it to get here—to learn a bit more about your privacy– and that’s SEARCH.

Search Engines are Searching YOU!

Did you know that most search engines like Google, yahoo, Bing collect and store lots of the information you give them, like your name, email address, telephone number, credit card AND what your searching for. They all have published privacy policies that say exactly what they’re collecting and what they use and do with that information. Just search Privacy Policies and you can read them—or find the links after this video on Safertech.com The policies tell you they can share your information with partners, third parties or law enforcement. By the way, the sites you end up clicking on in a search—receive the search terms you’ve used too.

Bing, Google and Yahoo Privacy Policy’s BELOW!

So, that’s alot of information about your Search activity that’s being shared by Yahoo, Google and Microsoft!  I’ve got the Privacy Policys in the research section below for your review.

Meanwhile if you would like to try a Search engine that makes it a policy NOT to track what your searching for–Check out this link:

The Top Search Engines to Protect Your Privacy

 

Privacy on the Internet is absolutely NOT guaranteed

Remember if  you’re concerned about your Search engine OR your Browser collecting information about you, please be aware that every time you log on, your computer is sending information about itself over the internet and usually that information is saved–Somewhere.

It could be saved by the browser you use–like Firefox, Safari or Chrome or Explorer.  It could be a search engine like Google, Bing Search or Yahoo Search OR  information can be saved via COOKIES placed by every site you visit!

OH MY!!  But, it’s really not that hard to navigate.  Check out this COOKIE HOW TO VIDEO

It’s actually pretty easy to search, shop, visit etc with mindfulness.

xo,

August

Turns out, Laptops are not approved for . . . Laps!

Technology’s Best-Kept Secret

A laptop is better kept off your lap! Because of the Electromagnetic Field(EMF)-particularly Radio Frequency or emissions of laptop RF radiation-we say not laps–And because of thermal safety the FCC says keep them 8″ away.

Simply put, laptops are not tested for safety on laps. The FCC regulation clearly states:

“Mobile devices are transmitters designed to be used in such a way that a separation distance of at least 20 centimeters is normally maintained between the transmitter’s radiating structure(s) and the body of the user or nearby persons.”  –FCC BULLETIN 65

So, if you are using them on your lap, you are technically being a non-compliant consumer (Oh my! Tsk, Tsk!)  This exceeds the federal guideline for exposure (and you risk being burned). But how would you know? This information is buried DEEP in your user manual. We touch on this hidden but important info in our Stylus video. Check it out here!

WiFi Dangers and Your Body

A recent study show significant changes indicating DNA damage of sperm in rat testes when closely exposed to RF Radiation from wireless energy in the mid-body region. You can view the study below in our reference area. Your laptop also emits two  other kinds of energy (magnetic and electric) If you want to know more about RF and EMF we’ve got a really comprehensive guide with the best ideas to avoid it.  At Safertech are most concerned with wireless because  it’s been around for only a short time, and no one can agree upon how harmful it is—if at all. (We’re leaning towards some)

What You Can Do About It

  • As we say here at Safertech, the best EMF prevention/protection is DISTANCE. Put that laptop on a desk or pillow—12 inches or more away.  We know this because we’ve measured this wireless RF radiation of many laptops in our office and we see the energy consistently drop off to a much lower level at a minimum of 12 inches.

Wire It Baby- All the Way

  • But our favorite recommendation to avoid the RF radiation altogether is is to keep your laptop wired with WiFi and Bluetooth off.
  • Access the internet via an Ethernet cable. I insist my employees do this at work. Plus, your internet will be faster and much more secure. And our entire work-space can be a haven from the massive Laptop RF-Radiation from the wireless energy of 20 devices powered on in one space.
    • Another tip I personally use is utilizing a external keyboard so the CPU is kept at a farther distance. Easy peasy! Use a wired mouse and printer, too—just like we implore you to keep your landline as a healthier option to mobile and cordless phones when at home. Using a wired auxiliary keyboard and wired mouse is a great idea so you don’t have to touch your warm mouse-pad with your finger tips. This heat emanates two other forms of yucky EMF energy: magnetic and electric.
  • Make your stationary laptop set-up as comfy as you can so you aren’t tempted to break away and use your computer wirelessly.

Can’t or Will Not Wire Up?

  • If you really can’t commit to hard-wiring or using a desk or pillow for distance all of the time, this is one of the only times we’d recommend that you use a shield. This is not our favorite option because we’ve personally found shielding 1) only protects you from magnetic energy 2) is problematic because it often doesn’t shield the edges of your device and in some cases, increases/multiplies the bad energy on the perimeter.

If you can’t commit to being “grounded” (as electricians would say), use your laptop on battery instead of using the main power source.  The most potentially harmful and strong EMF energy happens when you are streaming video, so don’t do that—or download your file when the laptop is not near your body.

When it comes to Laptop RF Radiation- Kids Matter Most

  • Children seem to be susceptible to EMF absorption in general, but with laptops especially. Their little bodies are too tiny to be situated properly at a desk and the antenna of a laptop is likely level with their head and chest. Tablets are just as problematic; perhaps even more so because children hold them so close to their bodies. A desktop is a better option for them as the CPU will probably be on the floor away from them. Plus, you can monitor their web usage more for safety reasons.

True Story

During the editorial process of this article, a friend told us a truly worrying story. His wife is six months pregnant with their first child. One recent night, she called him downstairs to show him her belly. She’d been working on the internet and resting her laptop on her belly (Oy vey, I know!) She noticed the baby would start moving vigorously every time she placed the laptop back down on her abdomen, and she wanted her husband to see because she thought it was neat. Luckily, her husband told her to stop and explained the details of laptop RF radiation.  And that, folks, is why Safertech works so hard to bring you preventative education (backed up with scholarly articles) that you can share with your loved ones.

Below is an excerpt from a research article from Dr. Devra Davis entitled, “Why Children Absorb More Microwave Radiation and The Consequences” but you can read the study in its entirety linked below.

Children absorb more MWR than adults because their brain tissues are more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size is smaller. MWR from wireless devices has been declared a possible human carcinogen. Children are at greater risk than adults when exposed to any carcinogen. Because the average latency time between first exposure and diagnosis of a tumor can be decades, tumors induced in children may not be diagnosed until well into adulthood. The fetus is particularly vulnerable to MWR.

Smart Meters: Your EMF Health, Safety and Privacy

Utilities around the country are installing smart meters as fast as they possibly can. There are well over sixty million of them out there already and more are being put in every year—and usually, you won’t even know that yours has been switched out. But you should know. Not only are you going to be saying farewell to your meter reader guy, you’ll also probably be paying more for power every month—some people say it’s a LOT more, because the utility can closely monitor your usage many times during the day, and charge you accordingly. But here at SaferTech, we’re also concerned about the potential health and privacy effects of technology. Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) levels are continual and high.

What is a smart meter?

It’s a connected smart device. If you’ve been reading about The Internet of Things, this is one of those things. It’s a small computer with enough power to monitor and control your home’s power and then send messages back to the utility.

Our friendly utility company describes their smart meter program this way . . .

From Southern California Edison (a California electric company)

 “The SmartConnect digital meters and two-­way communications system enable customers to better understand their energy consumption and more effectively manage their electricity use, thus helping them save energy and better manage their overall energy bill. SmartConnect meters are also equipped to support a home area network (HAN) on the customer’s premises. The HAN enables the meter to provide information into the home and to communicate with HAN-­enabled devices (such as smart thermostats and in­-home displays).”

Isn’t that sweet?  They want you to understand your energy consumption!

How does a smart meter work?

Smart meters can use a variety of Radio Frequency (RF) systems, the ­most popular being what they call a mesh network—one meter sends information to the next, to the next, etc., and then is collected in a centralized hub. That’s a lot of wireless energy going on.

But, you should know . . .

The problem we see is that the meters use a cellular technology that is basically attached to your house. And some reports indicate that these radios are far more powerful than what the FCC typically allows. So as your meter chats with the mothership on and off, all day and night long, some pretty big-time EMF’s are spitting out too. Depending on where your meter is located (e.g. close to bedrooms), you and your kids could be unhealthfully near a device that is shooting intermittent strong bursts of EMF radiation at you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More on the potential health effects a bit later.

What if I live in an apartment?

Well, if you’re unlucky enough to live near that big bank of meters that many complexes have, you’re being blasted by all of them together, all of the time! Yikes!!

And then, there’s the issue of privacy

If the utility knows in granular detail about your energy usage, it would be very easy for them, or some other actor, to figure out when you’re home and when you’re not. Imagine a car quietly driving down your street that can pick up the Smart Meter transmissions and use that to decide which homes to break into!

How powerful is the radiation?

The radiation energy field emitted from smart meters is measured in MicroWatts Per Centimeter Squared (μW/cm2) the typical unit used in America. Keep in mind that smart meter transmissions are not constant, and the readings can fluctuate. In our tests, we used our specially calibrated  EMF Tester from TES.

Also note that EMF testers (EMF meters) can ONLY check the electromagnetic field intensity; this doesn’t tell us if or how the field is affecting us biologically. If you’d like to know more about the topic of polarization, check out the very in depth and enlightening article links below.

We found that for our smart meter, the highest level we found was 56.71 μ W/cm2.

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Whoa—this energy is sent 288 times a day!

This smart meter is either sending or receiving information about every 5 minutes and operates on two bands: the 900 megahertz (MHz) band, slightly above those used by some of the cellular telephone carriers, and 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) band, ­the same range where WiFi operates.

Compare that to our test for the highest level on our home WiFi router, which was 25.02 μW/cm2.  This is a super HIGH number by the way.  Check out what experts say are SAFE LEVELS of EMF HERE
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Q: Aren’t smart meters as safe as cell phones and WiFi routers?

…Ah, that’s a good question.

Smart meters use radio­ frequency microwave radiation similar to WiFi and cell phones.  At Safertech, we think exposure to this type of RF energy should be managed and limited. I’ve got a quick WiFi Video Demo and a switch to turn it off quick and easy while keeping a healthy distance. The safety of these devices is really questionable. In 2011, the World Health Organization placed this frequency range in the “possible human carcinogen” category.

We believe there is a cumulative effect of exposure so be aware, unlike your cell phone or WIFI router, you are not able to turn off a smart meter, or your neighbors meter, or the related neighborhood utility wireless antennas that communicate in the smart network.

Moreover, the RF radiation from some wireless smart meters is a concern because the radiation is so persistent and powerful. California court documents indicate that each of these meters issues RF radiation pulses averaging about 10,000 times per day, and up to a maximum of 190,000 times per day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! That power level places wireless smart meters among the most powerful RF emitters likely to be present in a residential home.

Turns out, Some People Found Out Smart Meters Don’t Make Them Feel So Good

We came across this research report by Ronald Powell, Ph.D. I reached out to Mr. Powell and he was kind enough to share his up to date research, which I encourage you to read here. Dr. Powell is a retired career U. S. Government scientist. He holds a Ph.D in Applied Physics from Harvard. During his Government career, he worked for the President, the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

When it comes to smart meters he’s an incredible wealth of information. Check out the link in the research below.

 

Now, many do not have any noticeable symptoms when exposed to RF radiation from wireless smart meters. The full health disclosure that everyone should be aware of is that there is growing evidence about the biological effects of being exposed to RF radiation. It makes sense that organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics have expressed concern regarding radiation standards relating to wireless devices. Many in the medical field believe that pregnant women and their unborn children, very young children, teenagers, men of a reproductive age, seniors, and anyone with a chronic health condition are those who are especially high risk of harm from exposure.

Electric fields can affect the electrical communication in your body, such as your brainwaves, or the ability of your neurons to fire and communicate. It can also impede inter­cell communication anywhere in your body. Health problems that can manifest as a result to this type of exposure include…

  • Neurological and behavioral changes
  • Altered cell growth
  • Cell mutations
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cancer

Hey, aren’t we protected by the FCC?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for the regulations that set the Maximum Permitted Exposure (MPE) limits for RF radiation. Unfortunately, the current regulations are based primarily on outdated 1980s thinking, when only the heating effects of RF radiation on the body were considered. Since then, the biomedical research community has demonstrated, in hundreds of published studies, that there are an enormous number of biological effects of concern, entirely aside from heating, and the number of discovered effects continues to grow. So, the concern is that the current FCC regulations are out of date and are too permissive.

There has been legislation proposed in the US House of Representatives to address this issue (H.R. 6358). But even if that legislation becomes law, it will be years before more protective regulations are developed and issued. In the meantime, each of the states in the US is on its own to protect its residents.

How are states and communities handling the smart meter issue?  Well, here’s this from the Golden State:

In California, which got Wireless Smart Meters early (2010), 57 towns, cities, counties, and other jurisdictions have opposed the mandatory installation of Wireless Smart Meters. Of these jurisdictions, 15 of them have banned the installation of Wireless Smart Meters altogether.

The Attorneys General of three states have opposed Wireless Smart Meters because they find that the costs outweigh any claimed financial benefits to the customers.

Here are some excerpts from the State of California Public Utilities Commission regarding Smart Grid Deployment of Smart Meters.

       
       From State of California
       Memo from Public Utilities Commission San Francisco
       To the Commission March 2011,
       For, Edward Randolph Director office of Governmental Affairs Sacramento,
       Regarding Smart Grid Deployment of Smart Meters.
       In January, the California Council of Science & Technology released a report
       assessing the health impacts of RF exposure based on a review of published
       health studies. It found that the FCC standard provides a significant factor of
       safety against thermally induced health impacts of smart meters and that there
       is no clear evidence that additional standards are needed. For non­thermal
       effects, it found that “[g]iven the existing significant scientific
       uncertainty,” no standards are needed at this time.
Item 37 (10166), Page 5
       However, it suggested that additional research is needed to better understand
       the potential health impacts of non­thermal effects.
       By July 1, 2011, the utilities are expected to file their long­term smart grid
       deployment plans in response to a CPUC order in the smart grid proceeding.
       Much of that smart grid, and the associated benefits, is expected to rely on
       wireless infrastructure extending beyond smart meters”

What can I do about my smart meter?

Common sense may dictate that you keep away from smart meters. Like WiFi, the energy is strongest at the source and then dissipates as you get further away. So, since we really can’t be absolutely sure how this energy affects our minds and our bodies, I think it’s a good idea to relocate furniture, especially beds and cribs, away from the smart meter if you’re worried about being exposed to non­-ionizing radiation.smartmeter-analog-side-by-side

For me,  smart meters seemed unnecessary so we got rid of ours.

You can try to opt out of having a smart meter, and use a older non-­wireless meter (which gives off almost no energy).

I wrote an email to SDGE, my provider, and told them I wanted to opt out. First they sent a letter explaining the safety of smart meters. I replied that I still wanted mine removed because I’m EMF sensitive and I didn’t think the smart meter was a healthy choice for my family.

There was a one time charge to get the analog meter back, and a monthly meter reading service fee.

Check with your utility company. This may or may not be an option in your state.

What if I can’t opt out?

Check with anti-Smart Meter coalitions to see what your options are. I linked a few below for a head-start, but I honestly don’t know the impact they’ve had. In the meantime, keep your beds and main working/living areas at least 6­10 feet away from any smart meter. The amount of RF energy emitted drops significantly the further away you are from the source.

We all want our family and friends to be as safe as possible, right?  I think if you take the “better safe than sorry position,” we will all be healthier and happier. Please share this video and article with someone you love.

Be Well!

xo.

August

FBI Director Still Says You Should Cover Your Webcam

Just yesterday, again FBI director James Comey advised covering your camera on your computer.  He first said this back in April—and it was a big deal because at that time the FBI battle with Apple to release phone data regarding terrorists was big in the news.  It was important enough to say again.  So, I’m sending him a set of Creepblockers. I’ll let you know what he thinks.   Have a great weekend!

 

August Brice

If you want to check it out, here is a link to the transcript and the video.

 

 

Snowden was right about your digital privacy – here’s an easy and expensive solution to protect your cyber security

Brilliant writer,  Sean Everett featured our product in his story on digital privacy.   Take a look below.

Snowden Was Right, Block Your Mics & Cameras

I. Introducing the Surveillance Age
Today, 15 years after September 11th, the technology that was initially developed to stop terrorism, has been used by bad actors to gain access to and spy on your most intimate and innocuous moments. Many of us believe we’re only exposed by what we type into a computer online, but that’s not the real threat.

The real threat is from something you carry with you everywhere and keep within arms length, even when you sleep. It’s your cell phone. The microphone records what you say in private and the conversations you have in public. The front-facing selfie video camera records what you look like every time you hold the phone in front of you. It records what you see.


II. The Places You’re Being Watched
Did you know some smart TVs have cameras in them? Seriously, they can record every conversation you have when they’re powered on. Did you know 70% of malware installed on cell phones and laptops, illegally and unbeknownst to you, record everything you say with the microphone and everything you do with the video camera?

Did you also know that people can watch you online for free as you cross into surveillance camera lines of site? This is the website that lets you view this footage, searchable by location, device manufacturer and other aspects and below is a screenshot of what it looks like. As you can see, it includes over 100 pages of live video cameras. And that’s just the “new online cameras” section.

Creepy is an understatement.

If a shadowy figure was outside your window staring in at you every night, you’d call the police immediately. But because you’re being recorded without you knowing it, it doesn’t seem like it’s happening. I’m here to tell you that it most definitely is.

III. Defending Yourself Against Unwanted Surveillance
So what is your defense when a million people are watching and listening through your cell phone’s video camera? You have two choices to stop you and your family from being surveilled:

  1. Turn off your phone and computer, for good.
  2. Put something over your computer and cell phone’s mic and video cameras.

Option one isn’t really practical in the world we live in today. We need to stay connected to work, friends, and family. And we’ve already seen option two manifest itself as tape across the Facebook founder’s laptop video camera.

The new Oliver Stone Snowden movie hitting theaters this week shows a band-aid doing the same “job”. The cast even uses a product to protect themselves.  Shailene Woodley, who plays Snowden’s girlfriend Lindsay Mills, is seen on the right below with Creep Blockers.  Learn more and get yours here.
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The problem with tape and band-aids, of course, is that it’s just a hack. A quick solution to a very serious surveillance problem. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a custom product built specifically for this purpose? Something that blocked creepy prying eyes and ears, but did it in a fun way to turn a negative into art?

Luckily there is.

A family friend who, with with her husband, owns a major creative advertising and agency business in Southern California, made this product. Because she believes so passionately in privacy mindfulness, August Brice had this to say about the process behind the product’s inception:

I’ve actually been covering the cameras on my computer/phones/xbox etc. for years — using post-it notes, tape, whatever I could find. And I’m pretty sure people used to think I was just being paranoid. But when the founder of the most successful social media empire in history, CIA employees, Hollywood celebrities, and even the director of the FBI are covering their cameras, I think it’s time to acknowledge that we’re not obsessing over some imaginary boogeyman: this is an incredibly real, shockingly pervasive problem.

I think I have to agree. And because life shouldn’t be all scary 5 o’clock news, her product took a bit of a playful bent.

IV. Introducing CREEPBLOCKER
That product, CREEPBLOCKER, is finally available for sale on safertechsolutions.com. They are decals for covering not just the cameras, but also the microphones on your phones, tablets, and computers.


They aren’t just any old decals, however. They’re made specifically for maximum privacy, with a few important features:

  1. Re-usability. You can stick them on, take them off, and re-stick them on the same or different device later.
  2. Size. Each sheet of CreepBlockers comes in various sizes for all different types of devices, from 15″ MacBook Pros to small iPhone SE. There’s also a large space that you can cut out custom shapes.
  3. No gunk. Band-aids aren’t just too big. They leave a nasty residue on your laptop. With these, nothing is left behind except piece of mind.
  4. Block sound. They’re the only sticker on the market that blocks sound. for the tiny little holes on the bottom of your cell phone, the side of your aluminum laptop, or even the speakers on either side of the keyboard.

August, describing these features, went on to say,

We met with multiple suppliers and tested every kind of plastic and vinyl we could get our hands on until we got it right.

CREEPBLOCKERS come in two editions, shown above. Bold for the bros and Sweet for the gals, each with unique emoticons, messages, and shapes.

So, whether you choose to channel 007 or kissy lips, one thing we can all agree on at this point. Snowden was right. Just not about using a band-aid.

Written by the Medium.com’s  Sean Everett  

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Mark Zuckerberg Tapes It for Digital Privacy

The New York Times recently had a story about the founder of Facebook’s laptop. Actually about what was on his laptop. When Zuck posted a picture of himself in his office, observant people noticed that he had put a piece of tape over his laptop camera and his headphone port.

Why? He was taking action to protect himself from RATS—Remote Access Trojans. Mal-ware that can take over the camera and mic on your computer and creep on everything you’re doing. Without you having any idea it’s happening. This isn’t just movie stuff. Edward Snowden reported that the government was working on at least two different software programs to do this very thing.

Now, since you’re probably NOT the CEO of Facebook, do you think no one would care to watch you watch cat videos? Not so fast. I was surprised to learn that 70% of all malware are RATS!

But don’t panic.
There’s an easy and fun way to protect yourself. And it’s the first product we’re offering on our new safertechsolutions.com web site.

CREEP BLOCKERS are high quality reusable decals that will do the job in a much more stylish way than a piece of tape. We’ve got two different styles with over 60 decals on each one. Our agency team tested practically every vinyl sticker material out there until they found one that was easy to put on, easy to pull and easy to re-use.

Zuckerberg isn’t the first admit that he blocks his camera. Our last article talks about a recent interview with Zachary Quinto on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Quinto mentioned that he takes measures to protect his privacy by covering up his laptop camera too! Be like Zuckerberg and Quinto. Head over to our store and start BLOCKING CREEPS with CREEP BLOCKERS now!

Because you know what? YOUR BUSINESS IS YOUR BUSINESS.