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General Discussion Boards => Life Hacks => Topic started by: Webman on May 15, 2017, 12:22:37 pm

Title: Outside interests
Post by: Webman on May 15, 2017, 12:22:37 pm
These are some websites I found interesting or useful but are beyond the village wall as they are not about local issues
Title: Whoer
Post by: Webman on May 15, 2017, 12:23:16 pm
Check your online anonymity using this site. It shows how much information is given away by your web browser to any site which requests it. It is quite possible for large web organisations to identify individuals by this ‘fingerprint’ alone without needing you to give them permission. Best we managed was 90% - see how you score. (
Title: International hacking
Post by: Webman on May 15, 2017, 12:23:54 pm
This is a real-time world map which shows which countries are making cyber-attacks and who they are targeting. (
Title: Smart meters
Post by: Webman on May 15, 2017, 12:24:33 pm
The government is spending billions to subsidise the smart meter roll-out and, even though it will increase their profits by billions, the power companies are using the scheme as an excuse to increase prices. There have been concerns over security as the smart meters can be hacked and GCHQ had to intervene in the first batch as they were totally insecure. (
Title: NHS selloff
Post by: Webman on May 15, 2017, 12:25:25 pm
Bit by bit, year on year, parts of the NHS are being sold off to private companies. Capita has control of all our medical records for example and the government is no longer legally obliged to supply a NHS. PFIs are being used to build hospitals which are hugely expensive. We are heading away from freely available healthcare towards a private system which depends upon insurance - very similar to America. Even US analysts admit that the American system is the least efficient and most expensive in the world and that the old NHS was the best in the world. It is an hour long film but well worth the time. (
Title: TTIP
Post by: Webman on May 15, 2017, 12:26:04 pm
President Obama and PM Cameron told us all a few years ago that this trade agreement would benefit every household to the tune of hundreds of pounds a year. So; if both sides get more money from a deal between those two sides – where does the money come from? That’s primary school maths. This deal aims to reduce ‘trade barriers’ - like costly consumer safety standards – and empower multinationals to take governments to court if they impact profitability. So if the Gov ban fizzy drinks in school, for example, and a soft drink company would lose money – they could take the Gov. to court and probably win.  Critics are convinced that lower safety standards would be detrimental to consumers and that the instigators of the deal are being very secretive indeed. (
Title: A plague of statins
Post by: Webman on May 15, 2017, 12:27:03 pm
Some critics believe that 98% of statins are giving no health benefits at all and only a small minority of us actually need them. They are of benefit if you have heart disease or are at a very high risk - it is a very big business and the medical establishment is under pressure to lower the threshold for prescription despite this. There is a lot of info out there but here is a starter. ( (
Also some meta research which shows just how useless statins are by statistical analysis; ( (
Title: Online safety
Post by: Webman on May 15, 2017, 12:27:42 pm
This site tells you everything you need to know about online surveillance and how to block it. It is more that just privacy as information about you can be used against you by identity fraud etc. (
Title: Password strength
Post by: Webman on May 15, 2017, 12:28:19 pm
Try this to see just how long it would take hackers to crack your passwords. It also has good advice about improving your online safety. (