Reliance Jio intrusive behavior

I took Reliance Jio connection after giving my fingerprint linked to aadhar. Process went very smooth and SIM was given immediately but downside started immediately again.

First of all, one needs to install host of apps to use Jio connection. Not an easy thing for a non technical person.

I never managed to do any phone call using Jio connection during free connection time. Jio would call it promotional but basically, it was to hook users to data usage, nothing promotional about this.

When time came to pay real cash, I chickened out and stpped paying anything and decided to uninstall Jio apps and this finally showed me intrusiveness of Jio apps.

  1. My phone contact lost all sync facilities with Whatspp and other apps
  2. Every app is asking permissions again.
  3. Bluetooth playback for Google maps is not working. After Jio app uninstallation, map is working as usual sending voice overs.

I believe that Jio is installing some rootkit and Man in the middle kind of apps that sits cozily between  OS and apps. It is serious issue and needs to be investigated by a competent authority not they themselves.

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Lynda.com experience

It has an issue if you have logged into non private Firefox but then tries to login into a private  Firefox instance. This happens even when non private Firefox instance is closed. I had to start non private Firefox again and then log out.

They do not provide good transcripts where link of items mentioned in videos are listed. One need to stop video and then bote down links.

LinkedIn learning is not merged in Lynda and thus it’s not possible to carry over courses from Lynda to LinkedIn learning.

In a learning path, students should be allowed to mark that they know an area.

In non full screen, fonts are not clear.

Search feature could be done better.

How to sign a document without access to printer/scanner?

Sometimes, agencies ask us to sign documents, take the scan and then upload/mail the scanned copy of the signed document. This is definitely better than nail mail but still a bit cumbersome. This will need access to copier (carrying document) or printer (scanned copy is available) or both. In case you do not have these at home and office is clingy about usage, option is to visit a cafe or some such other places.

With smartphones, adobe reader and access to a clean white sheet, you can save these efforts. Read on to know how.

Step 1. Take scan of the document if not already done. On Android phones, use either ‘Microsoft office lens‘ or ‘camscanner‘. Transfer these scanned documents to a cloud storage drive for long term usage or mail to yourself. Upload in PDF format from camscanner.

Step 2. Take a small piece of white paper and sign on it by pen. Take scan of this also and upload on cloud or mail yourself. Upload in JPG format from camscanner.

Step 3. Open scanned document in Adobe Reader and open signature pan. Choose option to sign using image and insert the scanned signature. Done.

Additionally, if you have access to a touch screen laptop, a bit rare case with business laptops, you can directly sign on scanned copy using touch screen and stylus, again a rare thing.

I have done the same while uploading documents to EPFO and they accepted all, so its workable solution. Adobe has done nice work with this feature whereas it puts signature as transparency rather than as white background image. You can even change the size of the signature image.

Firefox is becoming creepy or at least hinting at

Many a times, I access a website through privacy window even on my [personal laptop and do not want it to appear in my browsing history in any way. Recently, I got a shocker. Entering one such website name in privacy tab, I discovered that there is auto completion going on and that’s looking creeping. After some analysis and trying all of the below, nothing changed. Auto completion continued.

  • Refresh firefox
  • Restart machine
  • Clear browsing data
  • Turn off suggested sites in new tab
  • Stop search engines from suggesting sites
  • Use DuckDuckGo

At the same time, when using Microsoft Edge and Google chrome privacy modes, no such auto complete was happening.

After a while, I came across a Firefox setting which when turned off allowed auto completion to turn off. Those are under Options\Privacy or about:preferences#privacy in new tab. Uncheck all the checkboxes under location bar. It took me some time and that’s scary since normal users cannot figure it easily.

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At the same time, I purchased McAfee total security and ran McAfee App Protection on Android mobile. Lo and Behold, its marking Firefox alongside, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Skype and few other well known apps as medium risk application for its tendency to leak PII to third party sources.

Together, these tow are making me averse to Firefox now given that I use it to avoid intrusive detection and that is also the motto of Mozilla. They never gets tired of telling us about this, but seems to be following the different walks than their talk.

Checking saved passwords at various places

Internet explorer 11 on Windows 8.1

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/35519-internet-explorer-11-stored-passwords-view-remove.html

  1. Windows + X -> Control panel -> Credential manager -> Web credentials
  2. IE 11 desktop -> Tools button -> Internet options -> Content tab -> Autocomplete settings
  3. IE 11 desktop -> Tools button -> Internet options -> General tab -> Browsing History settings

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/internet-explorer-11-now-stores-passwords

Internet Explorer 11 mobile on Windows phone 8.1

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-in/how-to/wp8/apps/change-privacy-and-other-browser-settings [Seems no way to do this. Lack of add-ons for WP also accentuate the problem. One alternative could be to install LastPass but its not free]

Mozilla Firefox on desktop

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/password-manager-remember-delete-change-passwords [Firefox -> Menu -> Options -> Security Panel -> Saved passwords

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/use-master-password-protect-stored-logins [Use master password to secure passwords]

Mozilla Firefox on Android Phone

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1008314 [Only through the add ons]

Google Chrome on desktop

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95606?hl=en [Chrome -> Menu -> Settings -> Show advanced settings -> Passwords and forms]

Google Chrome on mobiles

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/2633237?hl=en [Chrome -> Menu -> Settings -> Save passwords]

How to share linkedin stories on facebook

I logged into linkedin and saw the story

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140129133724-69244073-the-1-feature-of-a-meaningless-job?trk=mp-details-rc

When I went to share this link on FB, the thumbnail being shown had nothing to do with this article. I needed to highlight the story headline. Somehow then I thought of stripping the bold part shown above and voila. FB is now showing the correct thumbnail for it. So sharing below link works fine

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140129133724-69244073-the-1-feature-of-a-meaningless-job