Security and Privacy

I’ve recently acquired a tin hat. I don’t do anything antisocial, and I don’t do bittorrent except for occasional desire to check out some new version of Linux, and I don’t associate with terrorists or psychopaths (that I know of, anyway) but I still do not like the idea that my personal data is now exposed to any government agency that wants to look at it.

NOT to mention that Google and facebook sell your data so advertising can be targeted at you, personally. De-identified my ass.

So, in light of that, I have added a new link on the sidebar, to the Protonmail blog, which is jam-packed full of useful (and in some cases quite scary) information.

If you care at all about privacy in your email, you need to get Protonmail. There’s no advertising, and it’s end to end encrypted. And it won’t cost you a bean. There are limitations at the free level, of course, and maybe if you like to store everything that comes your way, it may not be for you, but for basic communication, its perfect. I’m contemplating an upgrade to Plus level but will wait to see if I can make the switch successfully, from gMail.

Proton is also currently beta testing a VPN with its paid customers, and it sounds like it may be an ideal solution for those of us who do value our privacy. Its funny, I never used to care. There’s stuff out there on the web, going back as far as my university days when I was on a Linguistics LISTSERV, but these days, its all Big Brother. Orwell was a few years ahead of reality but its happening. And I dont like it.

Additionally, you might want to think about the messaging application you use. Google Allo or Hangouts? Facebook Messenger? Easy and free, and you are giving away so much information, its ridiculous. Try Telegram or Signal instead, Signal being the most secure of all.

We can’t do much about our mobile services (carrier pigeons, anyone?) or our phonecalls on landline, they will have that info in a heartbeat if They want it, but I believe its necessary for everyone to take charge of their information and their privacy to the best of their ability… And if you use an Android phone? Good luck. I have one (but my main is an iPhone) and I am about to see if its possible to use Android without Google. [Edit: FAIL! See comments]

Relevant links:
Protonmail | Telegram | Signal


2 thoughts on “Security and Privacy

  1. Andrew Priest (Aushiker) 05/06/2017 / 9:11 am

    Thanks for the heads-up on Protonmail. Now playing with it and will see how it goes before deciding to go Pro or not. So far all is good.

  2. Sue 05/06/2017 / 9:16 am

    I’ve found it to be much better since they gave the option to switch to a single password. I became intensely annoyed about having to remember two passwords instead of one. I’m glad they relented and made it an option. It would be nice to have an app on desktop as well as mobile.

    As an aside I have found it nearly impossible to use an Android phone without being signed in to Google. I tried to access apps via Amazon but without running a VPN on a US server all the time, that wont happen, because Amazon Underground isnt available for non-US. MInd you, Amazon is just as bad as Google and Facebook. *Shakes head in disgust*. I’ll stick with iOS. At least Apple doesnt sell its customers.

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