Have you ever really stopped to consider the sheer amount of data Facebook has on you? How long have you had your Facebook account? How many pictures have you posted and tagged? How many relationships have you had? Facebook has all that data, and much more – all your posts, your messages, your status changes, your likes, your comments, your profile (every version), your photos and videos… Facebook knows all. Do you have the Facebook app on your smartphone? Then it probably also has all of your phone contacts, ever. What many people don’t know is that you can actually download your entire Facebook dossier, and it’ll blow your mind. I’ll tell you how.

In other news, Intel has fixes coming soon for its chips while AMD chips have several newly discovered vulnerabilities. Alexa has been laughing at some of you, Apple has a nice web page to help you control what your kids can access, PayPal shares your data with over 600 companies, and the Geek Squad has been snooping around on your computers for the FBI.

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Carey Parker began programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just starting to become popular. For years, these twin interests percolated until he attended Purdue University and he learned you could get paid to do this stuff – it was called Electrical Engineering! After obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in EE, Carey wrote software for multiple companies, large and small. In recent years, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, he became deeply concerned about computer security and privacy. In 2014, he combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write the book: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.