I’ve been chatting with a friend today and she keeps sending me pictures of pugs on iMessage. I’m not a dog person so would never otherwise see those pictures.I went onto YouTube and the promoted video is a picture of a bulldog for VisitDubai (another place I would never go, ever).There’s no way that’s coincidental. It’s the only google related service on my phone. I otherwise only use WhatsApp (not great) and signal (good). I have no social media.Any suggestions?
I’ve been trying to kick the porn habit, but in a moment of weakness, I did a little searching on my phone. I will state for the record, I have NEVER attempted to look at anything illegal or otherwise. My google image search wasn’t overly specific, but when I clicked on an image, a webpage/tab started to open. I always click out of pop ups as soon as I can on a regular basis anyway. Right before I did, I saw something from what looked like my ISP saying they detected illegal/blocked content. I closed it before it dawned on me what it said. Is it possible that it was or just ransomware/something like that? Would I actually get in trouble if it was from my ISP?
Hi all,I’m debating which phone to use with Google Fi and was thinking about how one’s privacy might be affected by their choice, and also what broader principles should be applied to this topic in a more general sense.There aren’t many devices that are fully Fi-compatible, so let’s consider the Google Pixel 3 vs. the Motorola G6 (which both are), for example.As far as I’ve managed to reason things out (and for context: I might be a nerd, but not much of a privacy-nerd), there are two ways of thinking about this: on one hand, having a Motorola phone while using Google’s service(s) (& also stock Android, which we’ll stick with for now for simplicity) means that there are 2 entities potentially harvesting my data & learning about me: Motorola and Google. Either of these entities could have that data compromised, decide to use it in a careless way or for nefarious purposes, allow for surveillance, etc.On the other hand, one could decide to go “full-Google” and get a device from the Pixel line, the thought being that if one’s service & OS are already provided by Google, the device-manufacturer could be removed from the equation by also using a Google device. So in this way I would hypothetically only be sharing my bits of data with Google, which seems/feels safer than sharing who-knows-what with Google AND Motorola.So initially to me it seems like from a privacy perspective, it would make more sense to stay entirely within the “ecosystem” of just the one entity (Google) – but I don’t know enough about this to be sure. I can imagine that Google already learns a ton about you if you’re using their cell service & their OS (let alone their apps), and maybe they can learn everything they want/need to know through just those things. But I also wonder if maybe, just maybe, there are certain pieces of data that would be crucial to them in completing the full “picture” of who you are as a person that would be missing if you went with a Motorola device (or other manufacturer), and that it might actually be better in the grand-scheme of things to decentralize that picture between 2 (or more) separate entities so that neither/no entity really has the full picture on its own.Maybe I’m overthinking this, but I’m really curious about others’ thoughts and opinions on this topic. I don’t really know what the good/right/correct/best principles are to apply in this case – where, ignoring all other factors (installing apps, browsing-habits, choice of mobile OS, etc.), one is concerned with which device they should pick from a privacy perspective. Who knows, maybe (outside of a privacy-oriented device itself) it generally makes no difference what one chooses; or maybe it does.Feel free to provide feedback on my thought process, and I’m also happy to learn more about how those other factors (apps, use-habits, OS, etc.) can/should come into consideration once the device has been chosen – so for the purpose of discussion, don’t hold back & feel free to dive into that as well.Thank you!