The Apple Illusion ~ On Privacy & Freedom

Hussam Abd on Unsplash iPhones and MacBooks are beautiful pieces of hardware that you can ‘rent’ from Apple & that’s about it. Why did I specifically use the word ‘rent’? Ales Nesetril on Unsplash The only thing you ever ‘buy’ from Apple is their marketing Apple devices - natively run their proprietary operating systems. iOS, iPadOS, WatchOS & MacOS. They make is either difficult or impossible to sideload apps (iOS) / run your own OS on the phone - you seemingly ‘paid for’....

Archiving Google

Google is probably your search engine. Google Chrome, your web browser. Google flavoured Android + an OEM skin, the OS your phone runs on. YouTube? the only source for video content. Peha on degooglisons-internet.org Google builds high quality products with great security like Pixel or the Chromium browser but they suck in Privacy and freedom in software. It’s not their concern. All attempts at making their projects good are neutered with their proprietary anti-features like data collection, telemetry and straightup spyware....

How I do my computing on GNU/Linux

Whaat? you use LiNuX??? aRe yOu sOmE hAckER? No, that’s not how I perceive it. People ahem, mainstream media - confuse the term hacker. I mean - ‘hacking’ as in ‘a hacksmith’ - “someone who is playfully clever”. I love tinkering stuff, not just computers. Desktop GNU+Linux is not something hard. GNU/Linux is about freedom. You get to modify each and every thing about your system to get your perfect match...

Hardening Signal Messenger for Privacy

If you’ve searched for privacy oriented messaging apps Signal tops that list. By now you’ve probably heard about Signal the centralized, navy blue, metadata resistant messaging app, now anchored by an ex WhatsApp co-founder. Signal values great security and it has strong, out of the box client side end to end encryption, plus forced 2fa called Signal PINs. For the average WhatsApp user the UX feels exactly the same....

Instant Messengers

Unless you’re from the USA, the land of free SMS. You probably use a messaging app like WhatsApp, Signal or Telegram. Why? You get cross device sync, newer features, you can ditch phone numbers as identifiers, privacy controls, stickers and emojis Does Privacy = Security? A prime example of this is ‘WhatsApp’. News and media websites keep using that buzzword ~ End To End Encryption and say your messages are secure....

Fedi First

I posted recently, on my Mastodon As you can deduct, I’m a big fan of the fediverse and I blogged about switching to the fediverse a long while ago and it’s going great. I deleted Snapchat too. YouTube turned on ads for everyone A concept of how it works Post content to the decentralized fediverse first, before they air on corportate social media ~ reboost it, cross platfrom and aim for organic growth not to please an algorithm Post content to PeerTube a day or two before it goes to YouTube, post to Mastodon and use IFTTT to auto fetch the rss feed and post the link to your toot to Twitter....

Digital Privacy and Surveillance-Capitalism

China; heard about China in these recent days? The app bans and censoring websites of Chinese origin under the so called name of national security and privacy of Indian citizens? Parker Coffman on Unsplash While ironically the Government relies on American services and #BigTech giants like GAFAM YBSLE - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 Google, Apple, Facebook (Instagram and WhatsApp), Amazon and Microsoft and they don’t face the ban hammer because of their countless privacy violations....

Why I don't do normal phone calls

Alexander Andrews on Unsplash The quickest way to reach me? ~ polarhive.ml/contact I use my device more like a portable computer What I mean by normal calls is heading to your phone app, dialing a number and hitting the call button I have the phone app disabled on my phone Airplane mode turned on and no active SIM card. Before you think of it, I DO NOT use proprietary apps like - Instagram, Discord, WhatsApp Facebook or any app that needs a real, active, phone number to login to new devices....

Circumvent Censorship with Tor

Unblock domains, access websites freely and securely This article is a quick how to guide on circumventing censorship online. What is Tor? Tor is free and open-source software for enabling anonymous communication. The name is derived from an acronym for the original software project name “The Onion Router”.[7][8] Tor directs Internet traffic through a free, worldwide, volunteer overlay network consisting of more than seven thousand relays[9] to conceal a user’s location and usage from anyone conducting network surveillance or traffic analysis....

Digital Minimalism on my Phone (FOSS)

Without the big 5 tech titans. Utilizing FOSS/Libre software Andrew Guan on Unsplash Here’s what’s different from your average expectation from a phone It runs Android, but without pinging Google or the big 5. No ads, spyware, lag or battery draining apps. No locked Google apps, none of the ad infested Facebook apps or random Chinese CM apps - Tencent, WeChat or TikTok. They are tuned to make you feel addicted and blind you into not even looking at any of the better alternatives....