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How do you protect your privacy online?

ari_o profile image Arika O ・1 min read

I recently started reading The art of invisibility by Kevin D. Mitnick and although his advice is very sound (I'm maybe 50 pages into the book so I can't speak for the whole content yet) I find it hard to implement in some cases (maybe even impossible).

How are you trying to protect or boost your online privacy?
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Galuh Utama

Duckduckgo, mailbox.org, gpg, own dns resolver+opendns as fallback, self-hosted services on own home-server (nextcloud, git+gogs, wallabag, wekan, firewall, openvpn ...), firefox (strict tracking protection, privacy badger, facebook container, uBlock origin), mSecure password manager, non-google phone.

Also basically removing myself as much as possible from google and facebook.

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Arika O Author

Thank you for sharing. What's you recommendation for a good non-Google phone/ smartphone?

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Galuh Utama

In this connected world we live in, there is no absolute privacy. It really boils down to which companies/manufacturers you trust. You also need to make tradeoffs between convenience and privacy.

A dumb mobile phone will probably give you more privacy than smart phones but you would sacrifice convenience that you get with android phones or iphones.

I consciously sacrifice my privacy for convenience and support by using an iphone because let’s say I trust apple more than google. Of course this is all subjective. There’s also some android phone manufacturers that advertise privacy such as purism librem5. You could also install LineageOS instead of standard manufacturer android.

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Kasey Speakman

In addition to what others have suggested, I also ran across this article about browser privacy.

Study finds Brave to be the most private browser

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Arika O Author

I am actually using for a while, so I'm glad to hear. Thank you for sharing the article.

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Alex Turner

ProtonMail, ProtonVPN and a self hosted Nextcloud set up. Brave browser. KeepPassXC. Ubuntu. DuckDuckGo. Standard Notes

That's what comes to mind as well as avoiding all the usual suspects like FB, Google, Amazon etc...It came down to letting go familiar convenience and adopting alternative mostly FOSS solutions. It's been a good few years now. No regrets.

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Evgeniy Alishevets

This website has a lot of useful information on that topic - privacytools.io

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Arika O Author

Oh, noice :D. I didn't know about it, thank you for sharing!

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Evgeniy Alishevets

You're welcome :) Online privacy matters ☝️