Category: internet surveillanc

DuckDuckGo vs StartPage vs

Ok, guys, big question now.DuckDuckGo vs StartPage vs searx.meThere are many rumors that DuckDuckGo is a “fake privacy friendly service” due to the fact that it is based in the USA.I really appreciate DuckDuckGo…but now this gives me some small objections.So I have just searched for some alternatives. Got only these two guys above: and StartPage.What do you think about DuckDuckGo, and the alternatvies? Which one is the leader and why?

Firefox android app has 4 trackers?

I use Yalp store and I read Exodus reported that Firefox has 4 trackers. They are:

– Adjust

– Google Analytics

– Google Firebase Analytics

– LeanPlum

What do these trackers do? Should I be worried about them especially whilst 2 of them are Google’s? I thought I got rid of Google but the more I learn, the more I know it’s harder than I thought.

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Permission Manager Apps on Android?

We all know how Android apps abuse our privacy sneakily accessing the personal information like location, contacts and storage even when the permission is explicitly denied. I run a custom ROM on my Android phone with most of the apps denied access to internet and my personal info like contacts, phone, storage, location etc. But there are some apps that need location info, Uber for example, so I give the app access to my location only when I’m traveling and turn off the permission as soon as I’m done with the trip. I recently came across a post where in some user posted that one of his taxi/cab apps contacting Facebook server (

Is there anyway to find out what all apps are trying to access my personal info despite denying the permissions? I guess Samsung phones have this feature inbuilt, which shows the exact timestamp when an app tries to access any of your personal info.

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[Repost] Questions about Stylometry

I posted earlier, but as I just created this new reddit account my post was temporarily auto-removed by a bot.

I’ve heard that with Machine Learning becoming a mainstream product, it’s getting easier to detect natural language signatures from anonymous online users.

A natural language signature is like a fingerprint that can be detected from the way you construct sentences and the pace at which you write and speak.

What tools are available to hide our natural language signature?

Does TensorFlow have any machine learning libraries built to hide your natural language signature?

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Is YouTube spying on your children?

Is YouTube spying on your children?:

Is YouTube spying on your children?

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How to choose a nextcloud provider?

I decided to use nextcloud for my backup needs, i want fully managed solution where I just pay and use.

I see nextcloud have 50+ providers listed on their site.

So, how do you choose your provider?

Are any that are already established and preferred in the privacy oriented community?

Is there file size limit when using nextcloud?

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Email Compartmentation Using Alias?

I want to use one email address to sign in to high-value email sites (financial sites) and another email address to sign in to low-value sites (hobby forums). Does an email alias provide adequate security compartmentation or do I need separate email accounts?

I this better addressed here or in r/privacytools?

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Paying for stuff online anonymously

It seems just about impossible to pay for things online without giving your personal info these days. Maybe it’s impossible to really be anonymous when paying for stuff electronically, but I’d like to at least conceal my name from the person or company I send money to, so neither they know who I am, nor my bank/credit card company/etc. knows what I’m spending money on. As it is, I feel too paranoid to just order something as relatively innocuous as Rogaine or Propecia, so I don’t understand how anyone can be so willing to order stuff like porn or sex toys online.

I’m reluctant to ever use PayPal, because it doesn’t seem to offer any degree of privacy regarding your identity or what you’re spending money on. You could use a fake name, but I’ve heard that if they find out you can get permanently blacklisted from their services. Is it guaranteed that you’d get caught though? I’d think it might be a little hard not to since you have to provide a phone number, and they might look into your name or something, plus you need to give an account number though I suppose you could use an alternate account with your real name and transfer money to the other.

I understand people are (overly) concerned about funding shady stuff these days, but are there ANY anonymous services these days (I’ve heard Western Union might have been pretty good/bad about that because people who ran scams would use it for anonymity) or at least ones where you can hide what you’re spending money on? I know if you want to send money to an individual can just list their name which means nothing, but that wouldn’t work for a company, and the recipient would still be able to know your identity, right? I know there are things like Bitcoin and Paygarden, but I don’t think many people or companies accept this kind of stuff, maybe because it can be a bit of a hassle to process.

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What can we do to push for Privacy?

(I start to ramble a bit so I made the questions bold format)

I just watched this

What can we do to try to push our US government to uphold our rights to privacy and 4th amendment? Google and the rest of the Tech companies, should be sued for violation of our rights to privacy.

Obviously, the rebuttal will be, “well if you don’t like google’s (or company X) policies, don’t use their products. No one is forcing you to use them.”

Except now days, we ARE nearly forced to use those products.

  • Take for example your resume and applying for jobs. Sometimes those jobs require a Word document of your resume (usually I get away with just making a pdf of it) so that’s an example of needing to use their products.

  • If I use protonmail as my email on my resume, it looks odd or you have the potential to be viewed as a privacy nut or up to no good. Or sometimes, if you use emails that aren’t outlook, gmail, yahoo etc, the employers email (probably one of those) could mark it as spam!

I can’t think of any other examples off the top of my head. But the point is, our society is becoming increasingly dependent on these companies and in some instances, if you give them up, you put yourself at a disadvantage. You are being asked to give up a right, so that you can maintain equal opportunity.

I’m all about the free market, but Google, MS, Facebook, Twitter, etc are problematic to say the least.

I cared about privacy before, but after watching that video, Stallman’s ways seem to look more and more appealing. Problem is, when you start digging into the guts of software to be vigilant of offenses of privacy, it’s over my head and I have a feeling that even if I understood it, it’s probably so deeply en grained in everything, that I’d have to crawl into a cave to escape it. What can I do to understand when software or hardware has the potential to violate my privacy? I don’t mean , I know what software, in general, to avoid, but I mean on a deeper level. Would I have to learn programming in order to be capable of being vigilant?

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GDPR: What’s really changed so far?

GDPR: What’s really changed so far?:

GDPR: What’s really changed so far?

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