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What Zuckerberg Forgot To Mention… Profiling

What Zuckerberg Forgot To Mention… Profiling:

What Zuckerberg Forgot To Mention… Profiling

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Which countries are in the 14 eyes category?

Also, what VPN should I use that’s not in the 14 eyes category

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Android’s trust problem isn’t getting better

Android’s trust problem isn’t getting better:

Android’s trust problem isn’t getting better

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Is Roku TV spying on what I watch over HDMI?

Hello guys,

I have an Insignia TV that has Roku, I use it as a computer screen through an HDMI cable. Often times when I watch certain shows on YouTube (Specifically, Stephen Colbert), I get a Roku ad telling me I can watch more of this show (Yes, Roku overlay ad, not a web based popup). I wouldn’t be surprised if this happened while using a TV app. But I am using HDMI so the only data I am sending in through the TV is the audio and video feeds. In my mind the only way this happens is that they have some mechanism that reads my screen, analyze it (or worse possibly sends it over the internet) and serving me an ad based on that, I don’t know if this is the case. Does anybody hear know anything about this or had similar experience?

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US cloud companies give up fight for privacy

US cloud companies give up fight for privacy:

US cloud companies give up fight for privacy

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Which is better for iOS – Snowhaze or Brave?

Which browser do you think is best for iOS?

Right now, I use Snowhaze to watch YouTube videos instead of the official YouTube app. I do have two Google-owned apps on my iPhone (Forms and Drive), both used for school and work, and am signed into a school-owned Gmail account in the stock mail app. I’ve accepted that the two Google-owned apps on my phone are communicating with each other and linking data between each other, hence why I don’t want to use the YouTube app, because I don’t want my viewing habits to be so easily linked up with my school and work accounts.

I’m still not exactly sure how Google tracking works between Google and non-Google apps though. If I make a Google search in Safari, is that Google search linked up with any of the Google-owned apps on my iPhone? I would hope the answer is no, as Apple supposedly sandboxes all iOS apps. If it helps, I have all privacy settings for iOS Safari enabled, location services for Safari turned off, I use blockers (1blocker and focus), and I use a VPN, though the location doesn’t change too frequently – maybe a few times a day, between the same four or five locations. I don’t sign into Google in Safari either.

If this isn’t enough, and my Google activities in Safari are still being linked up with the Google apps on my phone, I wonder if using a more privacy-oriented browser would help. I use Snowhaze at the moment, but I’ve heard good things about Brave too. Maybe these apps would be a better place for Google related activities (I don’t see myself moving away from Google search 100% of the time, but anything is possible I suppose – the one thing I don’t see myself giving up though is YouTube).

What do you guys think about this situation?

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Embed music and not expose visitors to *****

Hi Folks,

I am making a website for my band. I would like to put up some videos and some music, obviously. The usual way is to just embed youtube and soundcloud. While this works fine, I don’t want to because I consider it bad internet hygene to expose my visitors to all kinds of tracking crap.

For youtube fortunately there is an alternative in hooktube, cool stuff! But for soundcloud I have not yet found a way to embed it without getting GA and so on my site.

Do any of you know of a way? I know I may not be helping my own short-term purpose of getting maximum plays and likes and so on, but I prefer sacrificing that for the sake of decency in terms of privacy on the web. (If not we web creators… then who is going to change this?? ) If I do not find a way, I will just use oldschool ways of hosting the audiofiles myself and using a simple html player. But maybe someone here can help ?

Thanks!

EDIT: typo

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Quitting the machine: Steps and Work-arounds

So I’m attempting to adopt a more paranoid privacy-mindset.

Steps I’ve already taken: 1. Limiting Facebook usage and turning targeted ads off 2. Switching from Chrome to Firefox (on desktop and mobile) — a. Installing Privacy Badger 3. Changing default search from Google to DuckDuckGo. 4. Opting out of some Google ad-targeting 5. Switching home router DNS server to 1.1.1.1 6. Switching from Gmail to Zoho.

1-4 were dead simple. Honestly, Firefox has become awesome again and DDG has come a looooonnng-way, so that was a no-brainer. 5 took a little bit of work, and 6 took even more monkeying around, but they both work well after initial setup. I feel that I’ve made a slight amount of progress to protecting my brain from the peeping of marketers (and worse).

That said there is clearly a trade off between anonymity and convenience. Here are my big questions for the hivemind.

  1. YouTube. Its a service that is run by the big G, and there really is no alternative in terms of the breadth of content. I can watch videos using VLC if I have the YT URL. But… — a. Aside from skipping the initial ad, how well can this conceal a users identity? I assume that this step bypasses some cookie sharing and the like, but is that even true? — b. It only plays that specific individual video. Is there any way that I can play a Playlist or Channel without Google spying on me?
  2. Mobile. I use Project Fi (Google). It works great. I don’t need much data and plans are affordable. However, I am pretty much ham-strung to the stock Android OS. Hopefully, eelo will be ready soon, as I am not interested in switching to Apple. What options do I have today?
  3. Amazon. Facebook gets all the flak, and to a lesser amount Google. It’s a great service, but it can also be a bit intrusive. I use the music service and also the awesome free 2-day shipping. Any thoughts on how I can upgrade privacy a bit here?

If I could get any input on my questions, I would be glad. And if this was helpful to anyone else new to the privacy game, that would be even better.

“Only the paranoid survive.” ~ Andy Grove, ex-helmsman of Intel and Holocaust survivor

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The dots do matter: how to scam a Gmail user

The dots do matter: how to scam a Gmail user:

The dots do matter: how to scam a Gmail user

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are protonmail and tutanota my only options?

I currently use gmail for all of my mail. I want to move away from gmail and use another service that does not sell my information for advertisements and spies on my mail. The big two free services I’ve heard are protonmail and tutanota. However, both of their free plans seem very limited to me (I understand why they are, it’s to support the service), but is there any other services out there that have free plans that have sorting methods and filters that I can set up? It’s going to be hard for me to use email if I don’t have gmail’s Personal/Promotion/Update automatic sorting or even outlook’s Personal/Junk sorting. Thanks 🙂

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