Hi everyone. I’ve been on this subreddit for a month or so now. I was already very extremely security conscious before and this subreddit helped me get started on my privacy journey, plus my own reading and expertise. I want to thank all the community’s work and mods for their hard work.
That being said, I’m noticing a trend in this subreddit. People often look down on others who aren’t “as private” as others. More often than not, involves something along the lines of “Oh you use Winblows 10? You must not care about your privacy.” or something dumb like that. Hey jackass, just because someone still has to use Windows doesn’t mean they aren’t trying. Maybe they have a Windows exclusive program that doesn’t work in WINE. Maybe they need MS Office in their life because Google Docs or LibreOffice’s formatting isn’t good enough. This subreddit should be the learning tool it was for me and a resource for the “uninitiated.”
We are better than this. If the new people visit this sub, see all this volatile superiority. they won’t want to be private. They’re going to view the users in this sub as raving tinfoil-hat crazies who foam at the mouth over the word “Google.” Do you use a pure libre system like Trisquel or Pure OS? Did you use a land trust to buy your house? I use an iPhone because I don’t have time to keep up with MicroG updates and stuff. I still use Macs and Office 365 for my job. We all can’t be you elitists pushing this crap down our throat. I’ll bet that these people don’t even know how to root and install a custom ROM in Android. That’s great and all, but not all of us have the time to do it.
Second, I’m noticing the general distrust before asking questions. “Mozilla removes Web Security.” It was a proprietary plugin, why is it their fault that they endorsed and not knowing about the malicious traffic sending? Sure, Mozilla did terrible things in the past with Brenden Eich, the Mr. Robot AR extension, and the introduction of Pocket API, but this was an honest mistake they are handling very well. Remember last month with ProtonVPN/Mail and the debacle with Tesonet? Those were rabblerousers trying to badmouth them so badly Andy Yen was forced to issue a statement because of erroneous information. Put yourself in the shoes of these companies before making this kind of judgement. Would you have made the same decisions in the stead of Mozilla Corp and Proton Technologies AG?
Third, I want to promote more technical literacy. More people do not know how to use technology today than the people who do know how to use technology. That being said, I cannot for any good reason recommend Master Password and LessPass from Privacytools.io or their sub. They don’t have a secure hash algorithm because they attempt to make a “password” (or the ending master password hash) pronounceable. The best passwords are those big blobs of random gobbly gook or passphrases like “horse battery staple correct.” We desperately need good research, and I wish I could direct some place for it, but it’s no one easy place for it. We can only conquer this if we all keep each other informed. The Google Location thing is another example. It’s terrible, sure, but this has been going on since Google Maps existed. Only now people lose their minds over it. How about Cambridge Analytica? That was back in 2015 and people only started get angry because the NY Times did a thing, but when the Guardian did in 2015, nobody listened to them. Just be aware and do thorough research. I don’t want to bash anybody on this sub, because many of you do a great job at this, but I want to call out those guys who sling toxicity or meme around. Keep this as professional as possible. Newcomers want help and advice and we want them on our side. We can’t accomplish that with by insulting them for using Dashlane.
rant over Have a nice day.