For the past couple of years, I’ve been using a bullet journal to track all kinds of things. Work assignments and appointments, my son’s soccer games and karate classes, my workouts, even what I made for dinner. (The dinner tracking is particularly helpful whenever I find myself in a rut—spaghetti again?—because I can flip back a couple of months and rediscover a recipe that we liked and then promptly forgot about.)
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Internet ads are so invasive that we can’t blame you for thinking that Facebook is listening to you talk. It’s probably not, but it is helping ad networks track you across the internet and across your apps. In 2018, tech public policy expert Chris Yiu tweeted 14 different ways that ads follow you around the internet, even when you’re logged out, in incognito, using a different browser, or on a new device.
It’s time to update to a brand-new version of Firefox Quantum. While your browser will eventually do this for you, I recommend forcing the issue by clicking the hamburger icon, clicking on “Help,” and then clicking on “About Firefox.” And while Firefox 70 downloads to your desktop or laptop, here’s a quick look at what’s new.
Your web browser knows a lot about you, and tells the sites you visit a lot about you as well — if you let it. We’ve talked about which browsers are best at ad-blocking, but in this guide, we’re going to focus on the browsers that you’ll want to use to better conceal everything you’re up to from all the advertisers that want to track your digital life.
Email tracking can be a shitty practice. I can’t think of a better way to describe the latest reports that Silicon Valley fad Superhuman — a $US30/mo email service — kept tabs on how many times email recipients opened a message.
iOS/Android/Web: Task management apps are all well and good, but sometimes you need a little more organisational firepower than a simple (digital) to-do list. I’ve been playing around with Nozbe lately, and I’ve enjoyed how the app makes it easy to track everything you need to do in the many projects you’re juggling at any one time.
Does the entire world really need to see where you’re tweeting from? I usually don’t think about how much location data I’m sharing on Twitter, because I don’t think anybody cares about my 1) tweets and 2) where I tweet. However, a new report from Wired has made me rethink my approach. As it turns out, it’s not that difficult to pinpoint exactly where you live via your tweets.
iOS: Throughout the day, I always know I should be doing things to better my health and overall disposition: Standing at regular intervals, drinking a lot of water, telling my friends they are great and we should hang out, and so on. And while these thoughts hit me on occasion, they're never enough to create a regular lifestyle pattern. Thankfully, the free iOS app Aloe Bud is happy to help out.
Web: There are a million ways to track your habits, but Daybook takes a very simple approach. You add the habits you want to build, then click a counter each time you do the activity and that's it. No dates, no stats, nothing fancy.
iOS/Android (Samsung devices): Disconnect has long been one of our favourite tools for protecting your privacy online, and today Disconnect is rolling out a new mobile app called Privacy Pro that blocks trackers across your device.