At my usual Starbucksk stop, the “login” was different. Instead of wanting you to click “I accept”, it now demands name, email, and “postal code” to log in.
OK, they got me this time. AND it leaves some kind of ‘beacon’ on your machine so you don’t need to “login” again next time, it just automagically connects.
I’m not keen on being spammed (and I’m sure Starbucks will now be sending me “information” on “specials”) and I’m not fond of being tracked (and I’m sure Starbucks will notice when I’m traveling cross country).
So my “portable Shop” project just got a priority bump. I also need to re-activate my pseudo-me account. I fed them a “nearby but bogus” postal code this time and that was accepted. I used my public email (as it’s the spam catcher anyway). And I gave them a mostly correct but “tag” name. (A friend changes the middle initial on such things to see who got it from whom…) I used a ‘nickname’ that I NEVER accept…
So OK, on the ToDo list:
A renewed Bogus_Me ID.
A Lunch Box portable shop that provides my own DNS, firewall, and such; but also can do a login to Starbucks and get “fingered”; but can also be flushed every so often and restarted as desired, and where I have Linux tools to find and quash any beacon activity when I’m NOT logged into Starbucks.
Starbucks in now Privacy Hostile and must be treated accordingly.
I’ll be using Pete’s Coffee more.
Guess it’s time to make a 2nd “Starbucks only” chip for the Mac. Nice thing about external boot is it lets me have different chips for “me stuff” and “when unsure who is listening”.