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What are some steps you've taken to improve your privacy and/or anonimity online?

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To hide from corporations I use Brave + uBlock + CAD for daily browsing. This does not protect me from tracking by the services that I actually use (google, twitter, etc), but it's enough. The next step would be to 7proxy myself but a) I cannot be bothered and b) it would make it impossible to use said services because it would look like my account got hacked and I would get zogbotted everytiem.

For protecting against people I use many different identities, only some of which can be traced back to my real name.

The next step would be to move to a non-pozzed phone but then I would not be able to talk with the people I love (through whatsapp), so what's the point?
 
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To hide from corporations I use Brave + uBlock + CAD for daily browsing. This does not protect me from tracking by the services that I actually use (google, twitter, etc), but it's enough. The next step would be to 7proxy myself but a) I cannot be bothered and b) it would make it impossible to use said services because it would look like my account got hacked and I would get zogbotted everytiem.

For protecting against people I use many different identities, only some of which can be traced back to my real name.

The next step would be to move to a non-pozzed phone but then I would not be able to talk with the people I love (through whatsapp), so what's the point?
you ought to switch to a pinephone if you correctly despise the modern pozz-phone world. Its a little more technical as a phone, so its not for apple users, and its also not for most android users. It is basically a linux distro retooled to work as a phone.
 
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Delete your social media accounts. I know I'm preaching to the choir at this point but the importance cannot be overstated. Do it now. Aside from that, I would also be careful with what programs you install on your system, as many of them are confirmed spyware and can collect enormous amounts of information without you knowing. There's a site I remember reading, I forgot which, that classified apps/browsers into several tiers of severity. Even Brave, something I shilled for repeatedly in the past, isn't what its cracked up to be. I mean, the default search engine is Google ffs. If that doesn't set the alarm bells ringing I don't know what will. So yeah, Steam, iTunes, Internet Explorer, Discord... bin that shit. If anyone cares to humor me with more specifics I'd love to hear it.

On a slightly related segue, try not to upload IRL pics as much as possible. If you do, make sure to remove the metadata/EXIF embedded within. Your camerca stores a fuckton of information with every picture and can range from aperture setting, exposure time, date, to even your geographical location. Always strip them out lest you want your ass compromised. A great tool I always vouch for would be:

As for other tips, get a VPN, never use the same username/passwords twice, and use multiple email accounts if possible. Its been repeated ad nauseam already so I won't belabor the point further.

Other than that be safe. Stay noided.

I assume you're thinking of this?
 
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I started reading on the various ways ISP's and big tech companies track and/or sell our data. I already knew it happened, but this time I got really freaked out and made myself take some mini steps, like having a secure password manager, enabling two-step authentication, etc...

Then I went full schizo and said fuck it, I'm not letting them fuck with me anymore. Changed my OS to LInux, changed my email to a more secure one, got a VPN, changed my browser to FIrefox and I hardened that shit.

Interested to hear your thoughts, whether you don't care, or whether you are more paranoid than I am.
I could care less, if we ever go full communist dictatorship they'd probably wind up rounding me up and shooting me in the head for remaining anonymous on the internet anyways. Might as well just post everything out in the open for all to see
 
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My solution to appear as normal as possible while also not being tracked to fuck:

- I have social media accounts, but I haven't logged into them for years. This means people don't think I'm some kind of wacko.
- I conduct internet things on various pseudonyms
- I regularly google my name and right to be forgotten everything that comes up. I don't post pictures of myself online anymore, and I systematically scrub the ones that do exist.

Corps always gonna glom data on you, the goal should be to appear as uninteresting and normal as possible, rather than exposing anything too unique. Outside of that you just don't want to enable random people to get information on you. Making that stuff difficult to find for social media nutcases is a lot more likely to keep you safe online rather than attempting to prevent the faceless data vacuum from sucking you up.
 
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I don't really care THAT much about privacy, unless politics or sex is involved. Most normie things I am happy to do on normie accounts. That actually benefits my privacy.

There's a reason normies laugh when people talk about "the importance of online privacy" because most normies are brainlets who don't post anything of value anyway and so who cares if others see it - all they will see is non-controversial pictures of cats or food or worthless mainstream opinions.

BUT at the same time, going for privacy paints a target on my back, as I do have controversial political opinions, and refusing to engage in mainstream internet society is a dead giveaway.

So I effectively lead 2 lives.

According to my Facebook, I am a huge enthusiast for brainlet ideas like getting extra jabs without question, supporting whatever the current thing is, and not knowing anything about what's really going on. My Youtube is nothing but CNN and gaming channels. A few Funko Pop review channels for good measure. To everyone paying attention, I look like a regular brainlet.

But then I have my anonymous life where everything is largely pseudononymous, I can express myself freely, and I take great effort to ensure these accounts are never linked together.

This is mainly because there's no telling what the future might hold, and it only takes 1 bad law to land people in jail for "bad opinions", so I would rather not take the chance and remain mostly undetected than become "one of those obvious privacy advocates with nothing to hide"

ALL THAT SAID

The absolute best thing about using "privacy centric" apps is that, by their very nature, the eschew control of them to their users, because that's basically required to function privately. As a result, my LineageOS phone is packed with largely free software and for the most part leaves me alone, doesn't constantly demand attention, and is just full of really useful software that won't charge me money or show me ads. Getting away from the control of big tech where they will drain your attention and money is worth it in and of itself, even if you don't care about privacy. You just get privacy for free as a result.

If enough people are interested, I could make a thread about "taking control away from big tech" and how much of a difference it can make in your life (although there are things you miss out on as a result"
 

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Coolest thing I've done at home is flash OpenWRT to a couple routers to build a DIY mesh network. The gui interface is really nice, I have a more complete set of controls, and it just makes more sense than most of the interfaces you get pre-installed.

I used to run a home VPN and just route all my phone data through it but slacked on server maintenance. I don't even really know how much this matters tbh.

I do have a pinephone and it just isnt ready yet. My plan was to hack around on ncmpcpp and make the interface decent for phones when i got it but it cant even make a phone call so it has just sat in my desk drawer for years.

Im curious about graphene OS but at this point w phones Ive taken the android/google pill as the security is good except in regards to google itself who more or less own my phone data.

For me the whole operation isnt just about privacy its about being able to customize my experience so that the technology really works effectively and in a pleasant way. Most proprietary anything just doesn't allow that its all just cumbersome and endless clickety clickety clicking to make simple things happen. Privacy/security is something that comes with the territory tho.
 
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If you really want a hold on your privacy, you could pack up everything and live in a remote cabin in Montana and become entirely self sufficient then you can start sending pipe bombs in the mail

But actually, I personally think security against other users is more controllable, and more realistic, cause if you blow up someone with a pipe bomb in the mail, the FBI or whatever the fuck can find you if they try hard enough, even if you do live in a cabin in montana, as long as you have an internet connection and made a tiny slip up even once. That's why you should just throw out your computer if you're concerned about it, I think
 

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I like to think I care to the point you aren't going full schizo. I basically too run hardened firefox, added noscript to it, blacklisted google analytics and also remove http referer with an addon so that you can't know from which site I'm making a request. But besides that I'm not that extremely concerned. You pretty much escaped like 90% of tracking by that point, if not more. Going further than that only makes sense to me if you are in some great danger, but most people who go further than that aren't and mostly just larping.
yeah same. my main concern is just removing ads from my web experience. targeted advertising as it exists today is super creepy and should frankly be illegal.
i am also concerned about having a single account for everything. being able to login in to every website or service with one google or microsoft account just means they can track every place you sign into, and it acts a single point of failure in terms of security. once that account gets compromised, everything is fucked.
 
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