Amazon Sidewalk is Amazon’s new neighborhood IoT network that will be enabled by default on all compatible devices starting June 8, 2021. These devices include Echo home assistants, Ring cameras, etc. Sidewalk uses a small portion of wireless bandwidth and can be deactivated from the Alexa app in order to not share Wi-Fi connections with other Amazon devices in the neighborhood.
Google account users that back up new photos and videos in High quality will have these files counted towards their free 15 GB storage limit starting June 1, 2021. Google will provide a free tool in June 2021 that will let users find and review low-quality photos to stay within the free 15 GB storage limit. Additional file storage can be purchased from Google One, if needed
Another recent Google Photos change is the ability to save photo attachments in a Gmail message directly to Google Photos with a new “Save to Photos” button (JPEG images only).
Virginia passed new privacy state legislation in March 2021: The Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA). The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has summarized the requirements of this new state law intended to protect the privacy of Virginia residents.
Dell has issued a security update to fix a vulnerability in its driver file dbutil_2_3.sys which runs on Microsoft Windows-based systems. This can be resolved by running Dell Security Advisory Update – DSA-2021-088. More information is available at the update FAQ page.
Dell SupportAssist will display driver, BIOS, and firmware updates that are available for Dell personal PCs and tablets that run Windows. Dell also has other self service update support options.
ParkMobile, a vehicle parking app which is used in several major cities in the U.S. under various names, has released details for a security incident with its vehicle parking app in March of 2021. License plate numbers and some email addresses and/or phone numbers were included in this incident, but not credit cards or drivers license numbers.
T-Mobile has a new high-speed home internet service with no current data caps available in selected areas. More information is available at their FAQ page.
Facebook has released a response to recent reports of 530 million user accounts made publicly available in an unsecured database. Facebook states that their systems were not hacked, but user data was scraped from its platform prior to September 2019. Facebook also states that the issue was corrected at that time and should not happen again.