Welcome to this week’s Tip of the Hat! This last week proved to be a harrowing one for our Executive Assistant. She has now found more places to hide in order to avoid copy-editing newsletter drafts; hence, this week’s letter will be shorter than usual. We will be back to normal operations by next week, or when all the hiding spots have been located.
LDH in the News
LDH received a mention in last week’s CNET article about libraries and privacy in the era of ebooks. The article gave a brief overview of various technologies libraries are or have adopted, and the privacy implications that come with said adoption. Customer relations management systems (CRMs) receive a mention, and we will expand on CRMs and libraries in a future newsletter.
Your Browser’s Privacy Settings Are Changing For The Worse (Unless You’re Using Firefox)
Last week Bleeping Computer reported that the majority of browsers are or plan to disable the setting for users to prevent tracking link clicks by websites. The article explains in depth what information is being tracked if you click on a link on a site that uses this type of link auditing to track their users’ behavior. Don’t lose hope yet – if you use Firefox or Brave, you still have the ability to control this setting!
While other browsers are reducing the ability for users to protect their privacy, Firefox is working on blocking browser fingerprinting. Read more about browser fingerprinting and how it can compromise your online privacy, and maybe even test your browser to see how well your current browser protects you from tracking.