You are the product
As I pen this column in mid-January, experts are still uncovering the extent of the damage caused by the Solarwinds breach, aka SUNBURST, discovered last December. Solarwinds's tool is used by many businesses and government agencies, thus the implications of this breach can be profound.
When a breach affects business and/or government systems, ultimately consumers are affected since these organizations hold our PII (Personally Identifiable Information) that, in nefarious actors' possession, can lead to all sorts of trouble. Even on our own devices such as computers, smartphones or tablets, protecting PII is of utmost importance.
So it was a breath of fresh air when Apple introduced an easy-to-comprehend feature in their App Store where users can scroll down to the "App Privacy" section to understand what data, if any, the app you are considering to download collects. Sure, Apple and their handheld device oligopoly-counterpart Google should've done this from the get go but the adage "better late than never" is applicable.
As always, we will soon revisit "Internet Street Smarts" in a future column so we can explore ways to minimize being victimized in the digital world.
Do you like to play Solitaire but without the distraction of ads or paying to remove the ads? Do you have an older device? Does it make you feel better knowing it doesn't collect any information – zilch, nada, zip? It is possible to stumble upon an app that does not collect any information in exchange for your usage.
If you answered yes, give "Classic Solitaire Klondike," available in both the Play Store (bit.ly/3oRjDdY) and App Store (apple.co/3nPVVgH) for Android-based smartphones/tablets and iPhone/iPad, respectively, a try. Hint: if you visit this column on wbvobserver.com with your browser, you'll be able to just click the respective store link for your device instead of typing it.
This caught my eye when the developer wrote "Our parents play the game and they are not young. So we tried to make elements bigger and UI simpler without a bunch of text." No data collection and senior friendly … what are you waiting for?
Strategist and technologist with over 30 years of experience in the private sector. Holds Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science and Executive MBA from Cleveland State University.
As Founder of the Center for Aging in the Digital World, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit empowering seniors with digital literacy, Tak connects the dots to help people utilize appropriate technology in their personal and professional lives while using digital literacy as a tool for seniors to avoid loneliness and social isolation.