Privacy in a Digital Age

Privacy is about Freedom:

We live in an ever changing world that’s becoming more digital by the day. Privacy should be a human right and yet it’s up for grabs by big corporations that sell off your information for big profits. They control what you see, what you hear and what you think, if you let them.

Hit them where it hurts (their pocket books) by switching to amazing, privacy respecting alternatives that actually respect you as an autonomous human being. I’ve listed great alternatives below that I have personally researched and can vouch for. They are easy to use and are getting more popular by the day.

BRAVE BROWSER

BROWSER PRIVACY:

Increase your online privacy by using the Brave browser. It’s a great alternative to the Chrome Browser that respects your privacy and allows you to earn their very own crypto currency, BAT (Basic Attention Tokens). You can reward your favorite online creators by tipping them BAT and creating good strong communities!

DOWNLOAD: BRAVE BROWSER

BITWARDEN

PASSWORD PRIVACY:

Stop reusing your “1234” password on all your accounts. Use a password manager to generate long complex passwords and use 2FA (two-factor authentication) to secure your Bitwarden account. By default all of your information is encrypted on their servers and only you hold the de-cryption key. Their software is open-source which means that anyone can review their software code to confirm that everything is safe. Another plus is that you can use 2FA to add a second layer of security on your online accounts and if you’re really savvy Bitwarden is also compatible with Yubikey.

DOWNLOAD: BITWARDEN

DOWNLOAD: KEEPASS

LEARN ABOUT: YUBIKEY

PROTON MAIL

EMAIL PRIVACY:

Speaking of having back doors on the software that you’re currently using, did you know that your emails can be regularly scanned and spied on by people you don’t want snooping around your stuff? Well Proton Mail by default keeps all of your emails encrypted, so everything is safe, private and secure. Trusted by the privacy community and located in Switzerland where they hold strong privacy laws I definitely recommend using them. Nothing is ever free and if someone promises a free service it’s probably because you’re the product.

DOWNLOAD: PROTON MAIL

DOWNLOAD: TUTANOTA MAIL

SIGNAL MESSENGER APP

MESSENGER PRIVACY:

Signal Messenger App is a great private alternative to WhatsApp Messenger. Although WhatsApp works through encrypted communication, the company still holds the back door key and can de-crypt your messages if they so choose. Signal on the other hand doesn’t collect your private message and they don’t have back doors. You hold the encryption key and only you and the friend receiving your message can see them. It’s as simple as that. And by the way, did I mention they also have an actual working desktop client? Unlike WhatsApp.

DOWNLOAD: SIGNAL APP

PROTON VPN

VPN PRIVACY:

There’s a theme here in my blog post. Encryption is great but it means nothing if there is a pre-baked back door on any software. This is why I like using Proton VPN, because not only is the basic version free but it’s also from a really trusted company that doesn’t have back doors in their software. Protect your computer IP and privacy by using Proton VPN.

DOWNLOAD: PROTON VPN

DOWNLOAD: MULLVAD VPN

DUCK DUCK GO

SEARCH ENGINE PRIVACY:

Ditch Google Search once and for all by using the Duck Duck Go search engine. Google only shows you what they want you to see. They’re authoritarian monopoly on the internet is chipping away with every person who refuses to use Google Search and finds amazing alternatives like Duck Duck Go. They respect your privacy and are a trusted company in the privacy community. And plus, isn’t that duck just cute?

GET: PRIVACY TIPS

USE: DUCK DUCK GO

DOWNLOAD: APP / EXTENSIONS

ODYSEE

YOUTUBE ALTERNATIVE

NO CENSORSHIP PLATFORM:

Finally we have a strong alternative to Youtube and their monopoly on video hosting! It runs on the blockchain which means that no one can de-platform them. Your voice won’t be censored here and you can already find awesome content creators who have moved from Youtube to Odysee (AKA LBRY). Did I mention that you can also earn their very own cryptocurrency LBR when you use their platform?

VISIT: ODYSEE

SILENT POCKET

FARADAY BAGS

POCKETS OF PEACE:

Learn to shut off and unwind from the whirlwind of information that is the internet. We are conditioned to always stay “connected” and online, forever tethered to our devices, yet this is not how we were meant to live.

Take care of your mental health and by shutting off all device connections with these faraday bags. No signal gets in, no signal gets out. Effectively allowing you to disconnect from the virtual world and reconnect with your friends and family.

In an age that tells you what to think and feel, our moments of reflection come few and far between. The only way to get our quiet moments back is by taking initiative and controlling these devices ourselves and not vice versa.

VISIT: SILENT POCKET

MIC LOCK

SILENCE IS PEACE:

Talking about disconnecting, how about we learn about these nifty devices? With Mic Locks, you’re able to shut off your phone’s audio recorder when you don’t need it. The human mind needs to disconnect and to reconnect within itself to have a balanced mental well being.

VISIT: MIC LOCK

FUNGIBLE MONEY

REAL MONEY:

You wouldn’t take a counterfeit dollar and neither would you accept monopoly paper as the real thing so why would you accept possibly tainted transparent crypto coins? Did you know that transparent coins such as Bitcoin and Ethereum can become non-fungible based on their previous history?

Did you know that one tainted Bitcoin is worth less than a freshly mined Bitcoin? The reason is that transparent crypto coins can become tainted based on their previous usage. Blockchain analytics makes it possible to know the history of a surveillance coin and therefore you can get flagged for something you didn’t even do! Fungible, secure and private coins are great things to look into.

VISIT: PIRATE CHAIN | MONERO | WOWNERO

PRIVACY 101 TUTORIALS

MORE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

PRIVACY CHANNELS: TECHLORE | THEHATEDONE

WEBSITES: PRIVACY TOOLS | ALTERNATIVE TO | PRIVACY GUIDE |

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