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The Weekly Roundup 11.13 Edition

by Amy November 13, 2015


Many Homeowners Unclear on Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of unintentional poisoning deaths in the United States. A new study shows that 66.5 percent of homeowners would not be able to recognize the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Over half of those surveyed don’t know the best place in the home to install a carbon monoxide detector. The most concerning statistic from the study is that 34 percent of homeowners don’t have or are not sure if they have a carbon monoxide detector in their home. Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector as part of their home monitoring system. The best place for carbon monoxide detectors to be installed is outside of each separate sleeping area and not within 15 feet of heating or cooking appliances.

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Checked Bag Fees Bring Greater Security Risks

With checked bag fees putting more strain on travelers to consolidate their items into carry on bags, it is becoming increasingly difficult for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners to spot security threats. The TSA has drawn scrutiny recently when it was revealed that inspector general’s investigators were able to sneak banned items through security in 96 percent of their attempts. Since these tests, Administrator Peter Neffenger has said that the TSA has improved its practices and continued to place an emphasis on vigilance in each layer of security. While it is the job of the TSA to ensure safety for travelers, the rising bag check fees imposed by airlines have certainly put more strain on TSA screeners.

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Signal, the Crypto App, Comes to Android

Already a household name among the privacy community, Signal is making its way to the Google Play store for Android. The encrypted calling and messaging app, which has been available in the Apple Store since last year, aims to give users a straight-forward and effective means for everyone to have secure conversations. Open Whisper Systems, the creators of Signal, are no strangers to Android as their encryption code was integrated into Whatsapp last year and is now on over half a billion Android devices. With personal privacy such a prevalent issue, one can certainly expect a lot of people to get the Signal app. We can also expect Open Whisper Systems’ encryption code to be integrated with other communication apps in the future.

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Snapchat Privacy Policy Called into Question

Snapchat became famous as the app with the disappearing photos, but do the photos really disappear? Questions have recently been asked about if photos still live on after they’re gone and whether Snapchat now owns them. Snapchat has cleared up the rumors going around about their new privacy policy change, saying, “The Snaps and Chats you send your friends remain as private today as they were before the update.” This means that the pictures and messages uploaded to the app are deleted from Snapchat’s servers after viewing. However, Snapchat has no control over screenshots taken by recipients. Snapchat will not share your messages with advertisers or business partners, but it does have rights over content sent on the app. If Snaps are submitted to Live Stories, your content can be shown around the world and possibly be replayed and syndicated.

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