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March 28, 2023
TODAY’S TOP STORY
Caught in the Dark Web
The Dark Web keeps things anonymous and you need to download a special browser, Tor, to access it. It’s pretty much the Wild West of the internet. Yeah, you can buy anything from drugs to firearms to hacking tools.
The Dark Web is also a treasure trove of stolen information.
If records from your bank or even just a place you shopped at are stolen, your credit card info might very well end up on a list like this. Your full name, email address and phone number are at risk, too.
Long lists of stolen passwords proliferate the Dark Web. You’re especially at risk if you use the same password for multiple accounts — something I’ve warned you against a million times for this very reason.
“All right, Kim,” you’re saying. “I get it. This is scary.”
Good news is there’s something you can do: Head over to haveibeenpwned.com, enter your email address in the search bar and hit the pwned button. The website alerts you of any data breaches your information may have been a part of.
Go further: Get proactive with your online security. Some password managers monitor the Dark Web and alert you if your information is being sold online.
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Glue trap: Crooks are filling ATM slots with glue and then advising folks at the machines to use the tap function on their debit cards. Once they’re gone, the thief withdraws money from their account.
Holy ship: Shipbuilder Austal USA just delivered the US Navy’s largest autonomous ship. The Apalachicola is able to operate for up to 30 days at sea without human intervention. Ahoy, AI.
Pickup AI-rtist: At a loss for words? Keys AI uses artificial intelligence to provide you with conversation prompts to fill in those awkward silences on social media, dating and messaging apps. Keys AI is free on the App Store. Just don’t expect it to be smooth enough to put the moves on a potential date.
Corporate news blues: News aggregators like Apple News pull coverage from the same sources day after day. OptOut News promises to deliver content from independent news outlets that are vetted by a team of editors and fact-checkers.
Your keyboard is gross: Trust me, a vacuum isn’t going to get out all the crumbs, dirt and dust stuck between your keys. This keyboard goop works like a charm — and it’s on sale. Grab a piece and press it between the keys. Voila, all clean.
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Dying of loneliness
How likely are you to die in the next four years? A new Harvard quiz answers just that, based on a predicted mortality curve. Grim, but hey, knowledge is power.
Why is this news?
Well, this quiz doesn’t focus on the usual risk-factors. Unlike the usual questions about smoking and dietary habits, this quick quiz asks questions about your relationships and living situation:
Haven’t called your cousin or best friend in a while? It might be time to pick up the phone or send a text. Take the 10-question quiz for free online.
Tone it down
Blue light is naturally present in sunlight and is important for regulating our circadian rhythms, which is why you generally get sleepy at the same time each evening. But once the sun sets, too much blue light from your devices tells your brain it’s daytime. That’s why for better sleep, close the laptop and switch off Netflix earlier.
We know — easier said than done. When you still have work on your plate, take a second to adjust your computer screen to be kinder on your eyes. You can even set a daily schedule for your screen to auto-adjust close to bedtime. Sweet dreams!
⌨️ Why don’t keyboards sleep? They have two shifts.
BY THE NUMBERS
The number of records Frank Sinatra has sold. Record stores are hopping, thanks to the recent surge in vinyl sales. That includes Frank Sinatra. Thanks in part to TikTok and his popularity with Gen Z, Old Blue Eyes has sold 95,250,000 physical copies of his music, putting him in second place only to The King.
The number of Cosori air fryers recalled for melting and causing fires. Air fryers saw a boom in sales during the onset of the pandemic, as people experimented with cooking at home. Did you jump on the bandwagon? If so, check if you have one of 2 million air-fried lemons.
The amount, in gigabytes, of first-party customer data owned by Kroger. The company doesn’t just sell groceries; it also sells your data. The retailer has its own data company, 84.51, that tracks everything from your purchase history to your payment information — a whopping 35 petabytes.
WHAT THE TECH?
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