So new to this subreddit, been sort of a private person all my life but lately i’ve been looking into other things I can do that help improve my private life online. I’ve notice a ton of people on here suggesting to stay away from Android OS and use ‘roms’ instead but i’m curious.. Why not just sign OUT of your google account and erase the google apps on your phone? Is that really not enough? I mean sure there’s probably some data still being collected but it would be minimal and not tied to your google account or your identity correct? I guess i’m just sort of wondering why go all out and use custom roms, heavily mod your phone and disable most of its function for ‘more’ privacy than what you would get just deleting all google apps on a stock phone.
Since now that so much of web has adopted these new privacy policies, has anyone read them? I’m just wondering which ones actually allow me to download my data. Cause that’s all I want to agree to.
Does anyone have any information or experience regarding the ‘Track Off’ software, designed to prevent tracking and fingerprinting?
Google tries to suck as much personal information as possible. Even the phone set up sort of requires to have an email id to be present. Most of the pre installed services continually track your usage and send it to Google’s data centers. How can i still continue to use an Android Phone while protecting my privacy. My requirements are:
a. No location data should be uploaded when i turn off location tracking on phone.
b. No text/email parsing of my conversations.
c. My contacts should stay on my phone. No sharing on cloud or any of that s**t.
d. Don’t want to use any of the Google’s pre installed apps and want to uninstall them.
Can TOR be trusted anymore?
In one document the NSA also says that Tor is extremely challenging for them and that they will never be able to deanonymize most connections. If so, why does the US State Department still fund the TOR project so generously? Fund a service that allows anyone to be anonymous. And besides that they have been working to destroy it for over 5 years now. They may have even managed to compromise a large part of the TOR network. For me TOR is untrustworthy.
Say I go to a coffee shop and join their wifi network. Then I’ll get an internal IP address as 20 other customers in this shop. So if I connect to something in the internet, this something will only know this coffee shop public IP address and has no way to know which internal IP address connecting to it. Is it right?
Another scenario is if someone try to collect web histories of this coffee shop’s network, they’ll know all the sites customers have accessed, but they won’t know customer A accessed which sites?
On my Pi Hole, the top blocked domain is settings-win.data.microsoft.com which is a telemetry domain. In the past 24 hours Pi Hole recorded 573 connection attempts.
If you don’t have this blocked in your hosts or Pi Hole you should defiantly add it.
Is there any other telemetry domains from Microsoft that should be blocked?