Something odd happened when I checked my LinkedIn profile the other day. In the "People You May Know" section, I noticed a vaguely familiar face - it was someone I had met through online dating. We had gone on maybe two dates nearly two years ago, yet there she was, being suggested to me by LinkedIn's creepy algorithm. If this has ever happened to you, here's what you can do to stop it.
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To the dismay of screenshot enthusiasts everywhere, Instagram is rolling out a new feature that alerts creators when someone decides to immortalise their temporary Instagram Stories using a screenshot. (A similar feature already exists to alert users to screenshots taken on Snapchat.) There are a few workarounds you can try to avoid alerting people that you're snapping pics of their stories to send to friends and make fun of, though if you want to be completely safe you should probably just stop screencapping (or using Instagram) in general instead of looking for ways to be a recordkeeper of temporary content. Why give anyone the chance to call you a creeper?
As Facebook finally starts to shrink, it's become pretty normal not to use it that often. If you only check it once or twice a week, you might find out that your mum tagged you in an embarrassing photo or political meme five days ago and all your friends have been piling on. Here's an idea: Temporarily deactivate Facebook.
Getting an apartment in San Francisco is a competitive nightmare, which is why I was excited to find that the landlord I had been texting with to set up an apartment viewing just happened to be friends with another good friend of mine. She didn't tell me, and we aren't Facebook friends: I found out because she has her phone number stored on the social network. When we started coordinating apartment viewing times, my phone automatically pulled in her profile pic and linked to her account.
Twitter has always been defined by its brevity: The 140 character restriction was originally mandated by SMS data limits. But Twitter users have also always found ways around that limit, from threaded "tweetstorms" to tweets sharing larger chunks of text as a screenshot. Now, the social network is finally giving into popular demand and doubling its character limit to 280 characters.
Mac: Some of the most popular apps on your phone most likely have a web-friendly version. Facebook and Twitter both started on the web, after all. But Instagram is different, and not exactly web-friendly, which makes it a hassle if you prefer to edit your photos on your desktop (large screens are still cool!) instead of your phone. There is an Instagram app for Windows 10 users, but Mac owners are out of luck.
No company, be it a startup or a conglomerate, has a perfect security system. Chipotle's payment system was hacked, OneLogin experienced a data breach, and even Google had a run in with a bad phishing exploit that left thousands of accounts compromised from a shared document. In other words, I'm wary about giving any info to companies that don't have a track record of keeping it safe.
Video games keep getting more complex and visually appealing, so it's no wonder more people are drawn to them nowadays. But this new era of compelling digital entertainment could have a dark side for unemployed young men.
Everyone is trying to crack down on fake news, but there's still little understanding of why such preposterous information spreads so easily. One recent study may have revealed a very important piece of the puzzle, however: People trust their friends too much.