Tech Wrap-Up 7-25-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 7-25-2022

Tech Wrap-Up 7-25-2022, which is Hot Fudge Sundae Day. Fudge makes everything better. Shitty ice cream? Add fudge. Bad sex? Add fudge. Unreadable prose? Add fudge. See what I mean? While you contemplate what needs fudge in your life, Tech Help Knowledgebase wraps up the day with a summary of today’s most engaging stories from our social media feeds. We order the story summaries below by user engagement (posts with the most likes, shares, clicks, hashtag clicks, and detail expands) and by the number of impressions received. Our human-curated social media feeds include links to technology news, how-to and help articles, and video tutorials for common issues.

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Today’s Tech Wrap-Up

1. Your boss might be reading your work messages. Here’s how to prevent that. (Washington Post)

My thinking on workplace privacy is that the people who pay you to work there have a right to make sure they get maximum bang for their buck. That includes monitoring you and your communications to ensure you do the job they pay you to do. With that in mind, act accordingly. When you are at work using work devices, even if you are a remote worker, do your job. You and everything you do is being watched.

2. Why You Probably Need To Stop Using Your Android Phone’s Built-In Browser (Slash Gear)

One of the many reasons I stopped using Apple devices is the restriction on changing default applications like the web browser. Granted, Apple finally changed their tune on default apps, but too little, too late for me. No matter whether I get a new phone, laptop, or desktop, I immediately change the default browser. My default browser is Brave on all my devices. Although Slash Gear only mentions using DuckDuckGo and Firefox Focus privacy browsers as alternative default browsers, I am throwing Brave into the mix.

3. I came across this unloved browser and now Google Chrome looks even worse (Tech Radar)

If you think Opera GX makes Chrome look bad, try Brave. Brave is the best browser out of the box and my personal recommendation for every device. Once owned and developed by the Norwegian company Opera Software ASA and founder Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner, the owner of Opera browser since 2016 is a Chinese consortium. Gamer or not, that is a red flag for me (pun intended).

4. Your Chromebook may soon become your favorite mobile hotspot (Android Police)

If your smartphone acts as a mobile hotspot for you sometimes, you are in for a treat. Google is adding a hotspot toggle to Chromebooks with built-in SIM support. If the feature works as it does on Android phones, Chromebook users may have the option to assign an SSID, set a password, and configure a network band. Time will tell.

5. Here are the top phone security threats in 2022 and how to avoid them (ZDNet)

Most people these days have their phones with them 24/7, and use them for everything — communication, banking, social media, you name it. That must sound appealing to would-be attackers. ZDNet lays out the top threats to Android and iOS device security and suggestions to mitigate them. Included are phishing and smishing, physical security, SIM hijacking, nuisancewear, cryptominers, ransomware, open Wi-Fi, and more.

6. New Windows 11 update breaks the Start menu because Microsoft hates us all (Tech Radar)

Oh dear, not again. Your recent Windows 11 update did the expected and broke something. In this case, the breakage is the Start menu (something I do not personally use with any regularity). You have two choices: 1) wait for Microsoft to fix it and push the update out, or 2) roll back the update. Tech Radar shows you how.

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