A Tool to Protect Your Browsing Privacy, Verizon’s New Wireless Services Explained, and More


As Joseph Heller wrote and Kurt Cobain sang: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you. Two items on privacy and three other cool items, in this week’s Five for Wednesday.

  1. Japan’s National Institute of Informatics has developed something called the Privacy Visor, which reflects light in a way that confuses face-recognition algorithms. Looks really dorky now, but I’m guessing this kind of thing will be available at your local Lenscrafters before too long.
  2. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (“the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world;” read more about EFF here) has released Privacy Badger 1.0, a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome that blocks the hidden trackers that spy on your Internet wanderings. Read more about it and download it here.
  3. Twitter is lifting the 140-character limit in direct messages. The new limit is 10,000 characters, which NAR’s smart data scientist tells me is an increase of over 7000%. So go crazy and DM your heart out.
  4. Microsoft is showing Outlook.com users some serious love: Evernote, Yelp, PayPal, Uber, and others are participating in Outlook’s “add-in” API program. Want to send your buddy $50 directly from your email? Outlook.com + PayPal will do that.
  5. Are you a Verizon subscriber? They recently announced some BIG changes to how they’ll be running their wireless services. Be sure to read C|Net’s FAQ.

Joseph Sullivan

Joe Sullivan is a User Experience Designer for the Center for REALTOR® Technology.

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