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What You Need to Know About Running an Offshore Company?

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Running an offshore company can be an attractive option for entrepreneurs looking to expand their business horizons. The prospect of favorable tax policies, privacy provisions, and access to global markets make offshore jurisdictions appealing.

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MeWe Doubles-down on its Privacy-first Values Integrating to a Groundbreaking Decentralized Blockchain Technology

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Ridgewood NJ, in September of 2022 MeWe announced plans to become the world’s largest decentralized social media platform. MeWe, a 20-million-user global social network, is doubling down on its values of privacy and putting control in the hands of its users by integrating groundbreaking decentralized technology.

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Pros and Cons of Living in a Gated Community

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Look around in whichever location you are at and you will notice several neighborhoods that are a few meters or kilometers from the road surrounded by gates. Also, they will have 24/7 security guards who monitor who comes and goes on the grounds. These communities appeal to those who are looking for security, privacy, and even exclusivity. However, some people feel like the setbacks of living in a gated community are far more than the perceived benefits. You’ll have to review the things you value in your dream neighborhood to determine whether gated communities are for you or not.

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Are the Benefits of Using a Virtual Mail Address Worth it?

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When someone mentions a virtual mail address, we assume that they are referring to an email address. However, the same term can also signify a physical mailbox address in commercial context. In other words, if the context is related to regular commercial mail, virtual mail addresses can mean real life, physical locations.

In fact, several small to medium sized companies rely on virtual mailbox addresses for regular correspondence. What are the benefits to doing so and are those benefits significant enough to make a difference? A closer look at the practice and the advantages it brings with it should help us get some answers.

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Brave’s Search Engine lets You Customize Your Search Results

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Ridgewood NJ, Brave Search has launched a new feature called Goggles that lets users create and apply custom filters that change how their results are ranked. The feature will allow developers to create filters with functions such as removing tech blogs, removing Pinterest, or filtering out posts from the 1,000 most-viewed sites on the web. Several demo Goggles are now available, but Brave will delete these once developers start creating their own. Brave Search is now out of beta.

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Firefox rolls out Total Cookie Protection to Surf the Web with Enhanced Privacy

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Ridgewood NJ, Firefox is rolling out Total Cookie Protection by default to all Firefox users worldwide. Total Cookie Protection confines cookies to the site where they were created, preventing companies from using the cookies to track users across sites. It allows users to have a great browsing experience while maintaining their privacy.

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Stepping Down

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Ridgewood NJ, Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down from her role as Chief Operating Officer at Meta. Sandberg joined Facebook in 2008 and helped turn the company into an advertising juggernaut. Javier Olivan will take over as COO this fall. Sandberg will now be able to focus more on her philanthropic work. She will continue to serve on Meta’s board of directors.

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DuckDuckGo New Privacy-focused Desktop Browser will offer “robust privacy protection” and be “significantly faster” than Google Chrome

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Ridgewood NJ, internet privacy lovers rejoice, DuckDuckGo is working on a desktop browser that will help users avoid being tracked. The browser will have robust privacy protection turned on by default and function in the same way as its mobile app. Early tests indicate that the browser is significantly faster than Google Chrome. It is currently in a closed beta test on macOS and there is no word on when it will be publicly available.

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Digital.com Survey Reveals 60 Percent of Employers Use Monitoring Software to Track Activities of Remote Workers

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Ridgewood NJ, Digital.com, a leading independent review website for small business online tools, products, and services, has published findings from a new survey analyzing the use of monitoring software to keep track of remote employee activity. Research experts examined responses from 1,250 employers with some or all employees working from home.

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Google now lets you password-protect all your searches

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Ridgewood NJ, Google users now have the option to add a password to their Web and Activity page. Turning on the option will prevent anyone who picks up a logged-in device from seeing the device owner’s search history, YouTube watch history, and Google assistant queries without first entering a password. Instructions on how to turn the feature on are available in the article. Google focused a lot on privacy at its I/O keynote last week, announcing a new Private Compute Core for Android, a locked photos folder, and a feature that deletes the last 15 minutes of browsing in Chrome.

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Fed Chair Jerome H. Powell outlines the Federal Reserve’s response to technological advances in the global payment systems

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Washington DC, Technological advances are driving rapid change in the global payments landscape. The Federal Reserve is studying these developments and exploring ways that it might refine its role as a core payment services provider and as the issuing authority for U.S. currency.

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Google Secret Microphone Discovered Nest Secure Alarm System

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Ridgewood NJ, Google is being accused of spying on consumers without their consent . In early February, Google announced that its home security and alarm system Nest Secure would be getting an update. Users, the company said, could now enable its virtual-assistant technology, Google Assistant.

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Could your high-tech gadgets send you to jail?

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The Amazon Echo hands-free voice-activated speaker could figure in an Arkansas murder investigation — and remind people that their internet-connected gadgets constantly collect information about their private lives. TNS .

BY SCOTT CANON

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Feel like no one ever really listens to you?

Your gadgets do. That may not always be a good thing.

Most recently, an Arkansas death investigation highlighted how the magic of Amazon’s Echo device — its ability to act on your voice commands — means it might have overheard conversations critical to a murder investigation.

That case could ultimately lasso Amazon’s cloud of remote computer storage into court fights. The results hold implications for the many ways technology’s romp toward ubiquity poses a growing threat to privacy.

It also acts as a reminder that buying a so-called smart speaker such as the Echo — or its chief competitor, Google Home — is like plugging Big Brother into your living room.

Those computerized sound systems are just the latest listeners to the party.

Your smartphone already mines mountains of personalized data (note how many apps seek access to your contacts, location, camera and microphone). The resulting cache of information creates a defining dilemma of the Digital Age.

The more bits about your life you share with your gadgets, the better help you’ll get from Siri, from your Fitbit, from your Google searches.

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Mass surveillance silences minority opinions, according to study

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By Karen Turner March 28 at 11:15 AM

A new study shows that knowledge of government surveillance causes people to self-censor their dissenting opinions online. The research offers a sobering look at the oft-touted “democratizing” effect of social media and Internet access that bolsters minority opinion.

The study, published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, studied the effects of subtle reminders of mass surveillance on its subjects. The majority of participants reacted by suppressing opinions that they perceived to be in the minority. This research illustrates the silencing effect of participants’ dissenting opinions in the wake of widespread knowledge of government surveillance, as revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013.

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Justice Department cracks iPhone; withdraws legal action

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By TAMI ABDOLLAH and BRANDON BAILEY

Mar. 28, 2016 7:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI said Monday it successfully used a mysterious technique without Apple Inc.’s help to hack into the iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting in California, effectively ending a pitched court battle between the Obama administration and one of the world’s leading technology companies.

The government asked a federal judge to vacate a disputed order forcing Apple to help the FBI break into the iPhone, saying it was no longer necessary. The court filing in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California provided no details about how the FBI did it or who showed it how. The FBI is reviewing the information on the iPhone, the Justice Department said in a statement.

Apple did not immediately comment on the development.

The brief court notice left important questions unanswered: Who showed the FBI how to break into iPhones? How did the government bypass the security features that Apple has invested millions of dollars to build into its flagship product? Are newer iPhones vulnerable to the same hacking technique? Will the FBI share its information with scores of state and local police agencies that said they also need to break into the iPhones of criminal suspects? Will the FBI reveal to Apple how it broke its security? Did the FBI find anything useful on the iPhone?

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