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June 2021 - Lessons From History -- eBits n ByteZ -- Issue #018
June 01, 2021

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The Lessons From History

Hello everyone, and welcome to the June 2021 edition of the eBits n ByteZ newsletter. I hope this finds you well.

This month the focus is on expanding the Computer History section, and specifically, key moments of the 2010s.

The first article is about the Stuxnet virus attack in 2010. This landmark event ushered in an era of cyber warfare between nation-states.

Stuxnet was developed by the American and the Israeli intelligence services, and successfully disabled the Iranian nuclear weapons programme by causing their centrifuges to malfunction.

Click or tap the link below to read more about this landmark event in geopolitical conflicts, and how this elaborate plan was developed and executed to perfection.

The Stuxnet Virus Attack

The Facebook Cambridge Analytica Scandal is an important lesson about how our personal information can be easily acquired without our knowledge and used for immoral and unethical purposes.

Over 300, 000 people downloaded a 3rd party app on Facebook, and unwittingly enabled Cambridge Analytica to illegally acquire all of their Facebook Friends personal data, which amounted to over 87 million people. This data was subsequently used to influence presidential elections by targeting tailored advertising and market campaigns to those individuals.

The expose videos are a must-watch, and the fallout was spectacular. Click or tap the link below to read more. I enjoyed researching this article. The levels of deceit involved is staggering.

The Truth About Cambridge Analytica



Site Improvements

You may have noticed a few changes to the site. I've implemented on 1-column design. I think the layout is better for the types of articles I am writing. I hope you like it.

I've also added new icons to identify all external links, and those links that open in a new tab.

Finally. I've changed ad provider, which, I hope, makes the ads on each page less intrusive than with the previous provider. I hope one day I can ditch adverts altogether.


Did You Know....

On Monday 21st June it is #NationalSelfieDay. Social Media and SmartPhones has everyone taking selfies. Did you know there are over 13 different types of selfies you can take? No, me neither.

These include the Duck Face Selfie, Pet Selfie, and the Gym Selfie. All pretty much self-explanatory.

To get in to the spirit, here is my first-ever attempt at a selfie, taken in the garden (would that be a Garden Selfie?). Anyway, try not to laugh! :)



It is also #WorldSocialMediaDay on Wednesday, June 30th

World Social Media Day activities are centred about posting on Social Media. Who would have thought?

This includes uploading photos and stories, and reflecting on the role Social Media plays in our lives. Some people compile and post their top 20 moments on Social Media.

The facts and figures associated with Social Media are mind-bending. Did you know 35 billion people use Social Media, over 300 hours of footage is uploaded to YouTube every minute, 95 million photos are uploaded to Instagram every day, and over 6000 tweets are sent every second? Remarkable!


Final Thoughts

Another quick reminder to download the Ultimate BIOS Update Guide if you have not done so already.

If you have downloaded and used the guide, I would like to hear what you thought about it. Did it help sort your issue or not, and where you think it could be improved? What other freebies would you like to receive?

Send an E-Mail. I would love to hear from you.

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Also, another quick reminder to complete the eComputerZ Census for 2021, if you haven't already done so.

It's only 3 quick questions, and it will provide me with great insights in to what you would like to see on my site.

Click or tap the link or button below to complete.

The eComputerZ Census 2021



Thank you for taking the time to read this month's newsletter. If you need any help or support, or would like to get in touch for any reason, please do so.

The plans for July are to release a new tool that checks your Internet Speed. This isn't as easy as it sounds, and is taking a little longer than I would like. Keep an eye out for it.

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