Category: Good Guys
Third 4channer Arrested for Posting Same Metaironic Threat as Previous Two
In a concerning/disturbing/funny turn of events, a third individual has been arrested in connection with threats made against Volusia County, FL’s sheriff on the notorious online forum, 4Chan. The incident has sparked discussions about the implications of interstate extradition for what some argue was a mere joking remark made on the internet.
Harnessing Tech to Safeguard the Amazon: Indigenous Youths Take Charge
In Brazil, where her grandfather once protected native Amazonian lands with bows and arrows, Txai Surui, now uses tech as her weapon of choice. Txai, a 26-year-old Brazilian, is among the standout participants of the Web Summit Rio, the world’s largest annual technology conference. Not only an indigenous activist, Txai is the coordinator of the Kaninde Ethno-Environmental Defense Association, which represents 21 Amazon Indigenous peoples. Txai also produced the National Geographic documentary “The Territory”, continuing her parents’ legacy of activism. She speaks out of the double-edged nature of technology, “technology can also be used for evil.”
Navigating the Cyber Seas: Unmasking and Dodging the Latest Email Phishing Scams Like a Seasoned Mariner!
Ahoy, digital sailors! Today, we’re embarking on a thrilling voyage to navigate the treacherous waters of the internet. Our mission? To help you, our dear readers, spot and avoid the latest phishing scams that are swimming around in your email inbox, just waiting to take a bite out of your…
Juice Jacking: What it is, and how to defend yourself
Public charging stations in places such as airports, malls, and hotels are convenient for keeping your devices charged up when you’re on the go. However, according to the FBI’s Denver field office, these free charging stations are increasingly being hijacked by bad actors who use them to infect devices with malware that can steal sensitive data. They advise users to avoid using these public USB ports and to carry their own charger and USB cord and use an electrical outlet instead.
California Bill Could Force Big Tech to Pay for News Content
Tech giants such as Facebook and Google may soon have to pay publishers for news content under a new California bill aimed at reining in Silicon Valley’s dominance. The proposed California Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, introduced by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, would require digital advertising giants to pay news outlets a “journalism usage fee” when they sell advertising alongside news content. The bill would also mandate that publishers invest 70% of the profits from that fee in journalism jobs.
New Website for Those at High Risk for Covid Lists “Covid Safe” Medical and Service Providers
A new website provides listings of “Covid safe” and “Covid cautious” providers for those who are at high risk for catching Covid, such as the immunocompromised, people with asthma, and others who need to or simply want to avoid getting Covid. The Covid Safe Providers website not only lists Covid-safe doctors, Covid-cautious dentists, and the like, but also lists Covid-safe and Covid-cautious service providers such as Covid-safe furnace and air conditioning repair services, home appliance repair, mechanics, and even notary services.
This Free App Provides A Daily Check-in Service for Seniors and Shut-ins
This free app provides a daily check-in service for seniors and shut-ins, and alerts their emergency contacts if they don’t respond within a certain period of time. Ever since the pandemic started the need for check-in apps for seniors living alone, as well as for shut-ins, has been amplified, and Snug is just about the perfect free check-in app for seniors and others.
New Wildfire Risk Assessment Tool Calculates Risk and Wildfire Risk Map for Any Address
A new free online wildfire risk assessment tool calculates risk and displays a wildfire risk map for any home in the U.S.. It also calculates flood risk and provides the same information for floods and flooding as well. With more areas subject to climate change wildfires (California, New Mexico, Colorado, and more) and the devastating effects of wildfires, the manmade causes of wildfires are becoming more apparent. These risk factors are all taken into account by this new online wildfire risk assessment tool being provided free by the First Street Foundation.
Mark Cuban Makes Prescription Drugs Affordable with Online “Drug Cost Plus” Drugs Site
You may have already heard of Mark Cuban’s drug cost plus program at the “Cost Plus Drugs” website, but you may not really understand what it is, so we’re here to tell you all about it. Basically Mark, a billionaire philanthropist (and many other things), got fed up with the pharmaceutical companies jacking up their prices beyond reasonableness, and so started a company where people could get lifesaving drugs at a reasonable price: cost plus.
New “Peptok” Pep Talk Hotline for When You Need an Uplifting Message or a Smile on Your Face
A new pep talk hotline, dubbed “Peptok” (get it? Pep Tok, like TikTok) voiced primarily by elementary school children, offers pep talks and life advice for people feeling mad, frustrated or nervous (and who isn’t feeling one or more of those things in these times?), or who need life advice or just need some kind words of encouragement. Or you can just press 4 to hear “kids laughing with delight”. The PepTok pep talk hotline is an enrichment project of the West Side Union Elementary School, in Healdsburg, California, a small town in the San Francisco Bay area, north of San Francisco.
You Can Now Order Free Home Covid Tests Online from the USPS at special.USPS.com
The special United States Postal Service (USPS) website to order home Covid tests online just went live. Hosted at special.usps.com, you can order up to four home Covid tests to be delivered directly to your door. Don’t let the .com instead of .gov fool you, it’s legit.
New Fakespot Service Helps You Spot Fake Reviews Online
How to detect fake reviews is a real problem in the digital age, and we’ve written before about how to tell fake reviews from real ones, and generally how to spot fake reviews. Now there is a new tool in the fake review spotting arsenal!
Neil Young Makes New Album Available for Free Streaming and Entire Archives Online!
Neil Young’s newest album, Tuscaloosa, will officially drop tomorrow, however Neil has made it available to stream – in full – for free – at the Neil Young Archives today!
Online Audio of Southwest Pilot Tammie Jo Shults’ Communication with Air Traffic Control Tower
As the world mourns for Jennifer Riordan, the Southwest passenger who was partially ejected through the blown-out window of Southwest flight 1380 yesterday (April 17, 2018), the world is also lauding Southwest pilot Tammie Jo Shults for her cool, level-headed handling of the situation, saving the lives of the rest of the 149 passengers and crew on board the crippled airplane. You can listen to sound clips of that audio here.
The Internet Patrol Voted Top Security Blog by Credit Donkey
We here at the Internet Patrol are thrilled to have been voted a “top security blog” by Credit Donkey, which, while focusing primarily on making personal finance “donkey-proof” (by which they mean fun and easy to understand), also covers the online security sector.