Poll Results: Keeping It to Yourself -- Last issue's article on how people view their privacy (see "Thread Models and Domination Systems" in TidBITS-532) inspired our poll question of "Do you use any of the following strategies to protect your privacy online?" Your threat models must not devote much space to online privacy, since only 732 people responded at all. Among respondents, roughly two-thirds said that they used strong passwords, didn't give personal information to Web sites, and blocked or audited cookies. The other options received significantly lower usage rates, with between 7 and 22 percent of the respondents saying that they used anonymous email or Web proxies, or encrypted email, files, or disks. The topic also spawned several interesting discussions on TidBITS Talk, including one on whether or not PGP was in fact too much of a pain to use on a regular basis. [ACE]
Avoid Simple Typos
If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.
- Threat Models and Domination Systems (22 May 00)