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goo.gl is shutting down: seroundtable.com/google-goo-gl

I'm not here to bash Google, I'm here to say:

Consider whether you actually need a URL shortener. Using them in any kind of long-lived document (or even a toot if you leave yours up) makes them more fragile.

There might be a need for them in some contexts where input is confined, or if you expect someone to have to type in the link manually, but overall they're best avoided if you don't specifically need them. Not only are they fragile, but they remove whatever information about where a link might lead that the URL would provide.

If a link is TOO long, consider cutting off all the UTM metadata or other tracking information that doesn't serve to locate the content.

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In the last few months:
- Tumblr purged adult content (and a bunch of stuff it misindentified).
- Flickr purged free storage above a limit of 1000 photos/account.
- Myspace deleted 12 years' worth of music.

And Google+ only has two weeks left before Google pulls its plug.

Back up your accounts!

And if you can, consider donating to the Internet Archive. archive.org

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Monsters in the Middleboxes: Introducing Two New Tools for Detecting HTTPS Interception blog.cloudflare.com/monsters-i

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#Better is a privacy tool for the Safari browser on iPhone, iPad and Mac which protects you from being tracked.

You can find out more at the official site:

better.fyi

You can follow them on the Fediverse at:

@better

#Safari #Privacy #MacOS #iOS

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Apple is a hypocrite on data privacy – The Atlantic

“There’s nothing requiring Apple to distribute apps from data-hungry companies such as Google and Facebook at all.”

theatlantic.com/technology/arc

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put together a little watercolor piece of mario and cappy for #mar10day ! #mastoart

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If you haven't already seen it enjoy this footage of police in Bulgaria trying to use pepper spray and the wind blowing it back in their faces

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Go set a reminder right now to take time for self care.

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"W3C approves #WebAuthn as the web standard for password-free logins"

webauthn.guide/

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NEW: An $8.8 billion network of offshore companies allowed corrupt politicians and criminals to secretly launder money, evade taxes, and hide assets abroad.

Along with our reporting partners, OCCRP brings you the #TroikaLaundromat, based on one of the largest-ever leaks of banking records and related documents.

occrp.org/en/troikalaundromat/

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Discarded smart lightbulbs reveal your wifi passwords, stored in the clear

boingboing.net/2019/01/29/fiat

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Tech folks: “haha, dumb users!” 🤪

Also tech folks: …

Via @claudiom

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Developers: ETS is a planned weakening of the TLS encryption standard. Don’t use it, don’t implement it, and don’t standardize it. eff.org/deeplinks/2019/02/ets-

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Mozilla's standards for being accepted as a trusted certificate authority don't take into account an organization’s history of trying to break encryption or its conflicts of interest, letting them game the system eff.org/deeplinks/2019/02/cybe

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